How crazy was the White Sox 2017 season?
For starters, Tim Anderson (@TimAnderson7) was the only @WhiteSox player who started in the same position on the final day of the season as he did on Opening Day.
In between those Anderson starts, the Sox continued to overhaul their roster and the farm system.
No matter the record or the state of the franchise, there are always nuggets.
Here’s a look back, in particular order, at 2017, @SoxNerd style!
*2017 marked just the fifth time the Sox posted a winning record against the eventual World Series champions. The Sox went 4-2 against the Astros in 2017. … Other winning records vs. future champs: 3-1 vs. 2014 Giants; 3-0 vs. 2006 Cardinals; 8-4 vs. 2000 Yankees and 8-5 vs. 1991
*Avisail Garcia’s 455-foot blast off Tampa’s Jake Odorizzi on June 8 at Tropicana Field was the Sox longest homer of the season
*The combined .279 average by catchers Geovany Soto, Kevan Smith, Omar Narvaez and Rob Brantly was tied for the fifth-best in Sox history
*Matt Davidson had the Sox top exit velocity on a home run of 2017 at 113.2mph on his 433-foot dinger on July 24 at Wrigley Field
*The last time the Sox had a higher ERA than the 4.78 they had in 2017, they won the World Series the next year (4.91 in 2004)
*2017 was the first season the White Sox did not have a complete game (previous low: 3 in 2014)
*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the most by a Sox player since Magglio Ordonez’s 46 in 2003
*Todd Frazier led the Sox with 48 walks, lowest total to lead the team since Lamar Johnson’s 43 in 1978
*Miguel Gonzalez was the first righty to lead the Sox in wins (tied with Derek Holland at seven) since Gavin Floyd (13) in 2008
*Derek Holland’s 135 innings were the lowest total ever to lead the Sox (next Melido Perez 183.1 in rebuilding 1989)
*Jose Quintana’s 109 strikeouts were the lowest total to lead the Sox in a full season since Billy Pierce’s 95 in 1949
*David Robertson’s 14 saves were the lowest total to lead the Sox since Tom Gordon’s 12 in 2003
*Anderson’s 94 percent stolen base success rate was the highest by any Sox player with at least 16 stolen base attempts (15-of-16)
*Smith set a Sox rookie record for catchers with a .283 average in 2017
*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the second-best total by a first baseman in club history behind Frank Thomas’ (aka @TheBigHurt_35) 46 in 1992
*Yoan Moncada joins Alexei Ramirez, Tadahito Iguchi, Jim Morrison, Jayson Nix and Rich McKinney as the only Sox rookie second basemen with at least eight homers in a season
*Anderson is the youngest shortstop (age 24) in Sox history with a double digit homer season (17 in 2017)
*Abreu posted the 19th .300/30HR/100RBI campaign in Sox history and 13 of those seasons have been posted by players who appeared some at first base
*Yolmer Sanchez’s eight triples were the most by a Sox switch-hitter since Ray Durham had 10 in 2001
*Since 1950, only Thomas had a higher Sox average than the .330 Avisail Garcia (aka @avisailgarcia) posted in 2017
*Abreu finished with the fourth-best total base output (343) in Sox history
*Garica’s .330 average is tied for the 29th-best output in franchise history
*Garcia’s .330 average is the highest by a Sox player since Thomas’ .337 in 1997
*The last Sox first baseman to amass more than the six triples Abreu had in 2017 was Carlos May with seven in 1971
*The only Sox player shorter than the 5-foot-8 Leury Garcia to record a multi-homer game was the 5-7 Mike Kreevich on June 10, 1938. Garcia hit two homers on May 12 vs. the Padres.
*The last Sox player shorter than the 5-8 Garcia to hit more than the nine homers Garcia hit in 2017 was the 5-7 Don Buford, who went deep 10 times in 1965
*Anderson became the fourth Sox draftee to lead the club in stolen bases along with May, John Cangelosi and Ray Durham
*Abreu became the first player to lead the Sox in RBI in four straight seasons since Thomas did it from 1991 to 1997
*The seven wins Holland and Gonzalez each posted to lead the Sox were the lowest total ever to lead the club
*Abreu paced American League first basemen with 102 RBI
*Narvaez tied for sixth among American League catchers with 38 walks
*A. Garcia led the American League with a .349 average in night games
*This is the third straight year a Sox player led American League outfielders in assits (A. Garcia in 2015 and 17 and Adam Eaton in 2016)
*A. Garcia led the big leagues with a .424 average against lefties