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Julie Brady

White Sox Minor League Update: September 23, 2021

Burgers and Mash: Jake Burger lofted his 18th dong of the year to secure a comeback victory for the Knights | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams, two split doubleheaders, with the Charlotte Knights putting on a show in game two

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The Tides overwhelmed the Knights in seven innings, falling 8-2 in game one of a doubleheader. Kyle Kubat couldn’t get out of the third or even an out in the third after he allowed three runs in the first; he exited with two runs in,...

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Brett Ballantini Zachary Hayes Tommy Barbee Celeste Radogno Chrystal O'Keefe Tyrone Palmer Joe Resis Jacki Krestel

South Side Sox Postgame Podcast 4 — White Sox Clinch, Part 2

Tommy Barbee, Celeste Radogno, Chrystal O’Keefe, Tyrone Palmer, Jacki Krestel, Joe Resis and Zach Hayes join Brett Ballantini to celebrate the first division title on the South Side since 2008.

For the first time since 2008, the White Sox are AL Central champions! And because it was so super-sweet to enjoy this moment, after 13 years, we doubled up on postgame podcasts!

Brett Ballantini, Zach Hayes, Tyrone Palmer, Joe Resis, Jacki Krestel, Chrystal O’Keefe, Celeste Radogno and...

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Zachary Hayes

Six Pack of Stats: Cleveland 5, White Sox 3

That is a LOT of high-leverage red at the end of this game. | FanGraphs

South Siders lose roller coaster Game 2, but did it even count, anyway?

Losses are annoying, but we’ll let it slide this time, and I’ll leave up the lede from Game 1 this afternoon. The White Sox (86-67) are the 2021 American League Central Division champions. Bask in it.

The Starters

Zach Plesac has to be thankful that Michael Kopech isn’t stretched out like he was prior to his hamstring injury. If he was,...

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Brett Ballantini

White Sox Rally Twice, Fall Short, 5-3

Warmup for meaningful postseason play, José? Fail. | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

But seriously, who cares about a homer that sentenced the South Siders to a walk-off loss, they took a division today

With locks of gold and arm electric, Michael Kopech strode the mound for a nightcap start that could well have been an audition for a postseason shot, if not for the fact that he tossed just 27 pitches, 16 for strikes, ending in four Ks during two scoreless, hitless innings, and that...

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South Side Sox Postgame Podcast 3 — White Sox Clinch!

Di Billick, Zach Hayes and globetrotter Trevor Lines join Brett Ballantini to celebrate the first division title on the South Side since 2008.

For the first time since 2008, the White Sox are AL Central champions!

Brett Ballantini, Di Billick, Zach Hayes and travellin’ Trevor Lines got together in-between games of today’s doubleheader to talk about the journey:

Reactions to the clinch f-i-n-a-l-l-y h-a-p-p-e-n-i-n-g Yes, Brett did crack out the Seuss party hat Who’s the pick...

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Leigh Allan

White Sox Finally Clinch With 7-2 Win Over Cleveland

CLINCHED! | Jason Miller/Getty Images

It’s been a sure thing since May, but making it official took a while.

It only took two pitches for the direction of the division-clinching game to be determined. Tim Anderson sent pitch No. 2 388 feet into the Progressive Field stands off of Aaron Civale, and sent and indicator of things to come.

TIM ANDERSON! LET'S GO! pic.twitter.com/XPDzRwrdkd

— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 23, 2021

Civale, who threw more hangers than an...

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Zachary Hayes

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 7, Cleveland 2

Thanks for making this a no-doubter, Timmay! | FanGraphs

The pitching held down the fort after the offense’s early outburst to claim Chicago’s first AL Central title in 13 years.

The White Sox (86-66) are the 2021 American League Central Division champions. Bask in it; say it again. Since their last division crown, the Twins and Tigers have each won it four times, Cleveland twice, Kansas City once. Each of those teams save the Royals have won it at least two straight seasons,...

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Brett Ballantini

Gamethread: Division Champs at Also-Rans

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Yep, it’s White Sox-Cleveland, nightcap after a clinch, so you’ll be able to smell the beer-soaked jerseys on the broadcast.

OK, we’re celebrating the division title all day here, so, whatever, here’s the nightcap gamethread, read it, don’t, I gotta get back to the real programming on site.

Let's play another one!

?: 5:10 p.m. CT
: @NBCSChicago
: @ESPN1000 pic.twitter.com/6i3o5lCrN0

— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 23, 2021

This...

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White Sox rout Cleveland to clinch AL Central title

It's Chicago's first AL Central title since 2008.

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Tim Anderson's 2 HRs Lift White Sox to Win vs. Cleveland; CHW Clinch AL Central

The Chicago White Sox clinched the American League Central title for the first time since 2008 with a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in Game 1...

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Year of the Hamster

White Sox Are Central Division Champions!

Tim Anderson clubbed two homers as part of a three-hit, four-RBI day that ensured the White Sox would not let another clinching opportunity slip away. | Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

First title since 2008, and first back-to-back postseasons in history

The Chicago White Sox are Central Division champions!

It’s their first division title since 2008 and first “easy” division win since 2000. And while the 2020 mini-season was a weird one where half of major league...

Bleacher Report - Chicago White Sox

White Sox Clinch 1st AL Central Title Since 2008 with Win over Cleveland

The Chicago White Sox have clinched first place in the American League Central after Thursday's 7-2 win over Cleveland. This represents the first...

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Mark Liptak

Today in White Sox History: September 23

Three triples in one game? On this day in 1995, Lance Johnson became the only White Sox player in history to accomplish the feat. | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

One Dog and Pito have milestone games.

1995

Lance Johnson got six hits in six at-bats in a game at Minnesota. Three of the hits were triples, and he drove in four runs in the 14-4 win. Johnson became the fourth player in team history to go 6-for-6, and the first to ever get three triples in a game. He had 12 total bases for...

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Leigh Allan

Gamethread: White Sox at Cleveland

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It’s not often you can say this: Win a game, win a division

After 107 years and a couple of thousand games, the White Sox begin their final series against the Cleveland “Indians” with one of those seven-inning, day-night, “is this really baseball?” things. After this week, of course, the Cleveland team will become the first MLB squad sharing a name with a British newspaper (not first American major sports team, though — Phoenix Suns beat the Guardians to...

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Colleen Sullivan

Know Your Enemy: Cleveland No Names

Because Cleveland took forever to change their name, I can take as long as I want to recognize it

Last time

José Abreu was plunked in the helmet in the first game of the series, and Tony La Russa boot-scooted his way into a legendary gif.

It was not something intentional (wink), but James Karinchak didn’t have his command that day, which is just a scary thing in general for the batters to face. But sure, call a pitch up and in, Roberto Pérez. And sticky stuff was the big deal...

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White Sox Need Carlos Rodon In The Playoffs

Carlos Rodon has been one of the Chicago White Sox’s best starting pitchers all season long. The lefty is having a career year, and there’s no telling where Chicago would be without him.

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Brett Ballantini

Who’s No. 1?

Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodón and Michael Kopech should all play a role in the White Sox playoff run. When do you pitch them? | Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

With an unexpected day off, let’s line up the White Sox playoff rotation.

Remember the White Sox playoff run of just a year ago?

Yeah, it’s a painful, you may have blocked it out, because those last 10 days or so were rough — setting the team up, in retrospect at least, for an early...

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Jacki Krestel

Postponed, Rain: White Sox at Tigers

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game will be made up next Monday; South Siders can clinch the division head-to-head against Cleveland on Thursday

[I believe, like Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Jacki Krestel may have succeeded in willing it to rain today, pushing the White Sox clinch to Cleveland, where in all likelihood they will secure the division title in the opener of tomorrow’s doubleheader. What follows below is her prepared gamethread as of early this...

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Mark Liptak

Today in White Sox History: September 22

Estimated crowd for the White Sox game at Yankee Stadium on this day, 55 years ago. | Diamond Images/Getty Images

A massive crowd at Midway Airport — and a nonexistent one, seven years later.

1959

The White Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 4-2 win in Cleveland. Al Smith and Jim Rivera hit back-to-back home runs in the game. Smith also threw out former Sox star Minnie Miñoso at home plate.

A crowd estimated by the Chicago Sun-Times at 125,000 was at Midway Airport to greet...

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Brett Ballantini Darren Black

South Side Sox on the Farm Podcast 17 — System Surprises!

Darren Black talks with Brett Ballantini about the best and worst surprises of the Birmingham, Winston-Salem, Kannapolis and ACL seasons.

Darren Black and Brett Ballantini took a few weeks off (!) but are back with the Farm podcast. With Birmingham, Winston-Salem, Kannapolis and the ACL White Sox all finished for the year, we took a look at good and bad surprises from the 2021 season.

The curious case of Birmingham Barons late collapse out of the playoffs, including the first rainout clinch...

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