This afternoon, the 2022 MLB schedule was released, and it was full of treats to contemplate as you envision 2021 World Series champs wear showing up in ballparks from coast-to-coast.
And the White Sox are indeed leaning hard into the bicoastal next year, as the club draws the NL West as its interleague foes. With very strong teams in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, the timing couldn’t be better! (OK, patsies in Colorado and Arizona help restore the buzz.) The White Sox end their season in San Diego, the first time in franchise history the team is ending its schedule in a National League park.
The crosstown series is a two-and-two, played in ... May. No, they are not exhibitions, but real games counting in the standings, snowflakes optional.
And the season opens at home, in March, vs. the Twins.
Take a quick peek. We’ll have a more fun review of the schedule up later on, but this whets your 2022 whistle for now.
What the hell, here’s the full, copyedited White Sox release:
WHITE SOX ANNOUNCE 2022 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE
CHICAGO – Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox today announced their 2022 regular-season schedule, with Opening Day for the White Sox on Thursday, March 31 against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Opening Day is part of a three-game, weekend series against the division-rival Twins (off-day on April 1). The Sox open the season against Minnesota for the fifth time in franchise history, an American League Central opponent for the 18th time since 2001 and at home for the seventh time since 2009 (first since 2020).
Following the opening series, the White Sox embark on a six-game, seven-day trip to Kansas City (April 4-7; off-day on April 5) and Detroit (April 8-10) to open the road portion of the season.
The White Sox play at home on Independence Day for the first time since 2019, when they face Minnesota on Monday, July 4.
The Sox welcome the 10 non-divisional American League teams to Guaranteed Rate Field, on the following dates: Seattle (April 12-14), Tampa Bay (weekend of April 15-17), the Angels (April 29-May 2), the Yankees (weekend of May 12-15), Boston (May 24-26), Texas (weekend of June 10-12), Toronto (June 20-22), Baltimore (weekend of June 23-26), Oakland (weekend of July 29-31) and Houston (August 15-18).
The crosstown series vs. the Cubs includes a pair of two-game matchups: May 3-4 at Wrigley Field (Tuesday/Wednesday) and the weekend of May 28-29 at Guaranteed Rate Field (Saturday/Sunday).
In addition to their crosstown rival, the White Sox play the National League West during interleague competition. The schedule includes the Dodgers (June 7-9 at Guaranteed Rate Field), San Francisco (July 1-3 at Oracle Park), Colorado (July 26-27 at Coors Field; September 13-14 at Guaranteed Rate Field), Arizona (weekend of August 26-28 at Guaranteed Rate Field) and San Diego (September 30-October 2 at Petco Park). The 2022 season marks the first time in history the White Sox will end the regular season in a NL ballpark.
The 2022 schedule is subject to change. Finalized game times and a complete broadcast schedule will be released at a future date.
Fans can place a deposit on a 2022 ticket package and get 2021 postseason access at whitesox.com/seasontickets or by calling 312-674-1000.