The Chicago White Sox failed to follow up their 93-win campaign in 2021 with a successful run in 2022.
Instead, they finished at .500 and were 11 games back of the AL Central champion Cleveland Guardians.
Manager Tony La Russa has once again stepped away from the game of baseball and the White Sox are searching for a new manager.
Bench coach Miguel Cairo took the reins late in the season when La Russa had to step back due to health issues, but the White Sox tried to stick with the Hall-of-Famer.
One White Sox writer made an interesting point about how the Philadelphia Phillies fired their manager and are now set to play in the World Series for the first time since 2009.
Remember when the Phillies fired their manager early into the season? Now they’re going to the World Series.
*cries in White Sox fan*
— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) October 23, 2022
Could A Change Have Benefitted The White Sox?
Perhaps a change earlier in the season would have helped the White Sox out.
Cairo seemed to have the players in line late in the season as they tried to make a push to unseat the Guardians.
Unfortunately, it was too late by then.
Now, the White Sox find themselves sitting out the postseason and with a hole to fill before the start of the 2023 season.
But it is always possible that a change earlier in the season could have done some good for the struggling South Siders.
But it’s too late to fix 2022 at this point.
The managerial change helped the Phillies out and has in large part helped them overcome what would seem to be insurmountable odds to get to the World Series.
But we’ll never know where the White Sox would be if they followed in the Phils’ footsteps.