White Sox vs. Twins: a Look Back at This AL Central Rivalry

Are the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins Rivals?

Yes, the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins are rivals in Major League Baseball. Both teams compete in the American League Central division as founding members, and the two franchises have played annually for more than 120 years, although the rivalry in its current form did not start in earnest until the 2000s.

Who are the Chicago White Sox’ Biggest Rivals?

The Chicago White Sox have a handful of rivals in Major League Baseball, most notably the Chicago Cubs (named the Crosstown Classic), the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers.

Who are the Minnesota Twins’ Biggest Rivals?

The Minnesota Twins have three main rivals in Major League Baseball: the Chicago White Sox, the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Guardians. The rivalry between all three teams boils down to competing for supremacy over the American League Central and proximity of the three teams to one another.

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Series History

Although the origins of this series rivalry dates back to 1901 when the Twins were originally the Washington Senators, the franchise eventually moved to Minnesota in 1961 and formally became the Twins. Things ramped up in 1965 when both the Twins and the White Sox finished first and second, respectively, in the American League. In 1969, the league underwent realignment and both franchises were placed in the AL West.

Both teams took steps at the turn of the millennium and were more consistently competitive to win the division. From 2002 to 2004, the Twins won three straight division titles with the White Sox finishing in the runner-up spot each year. A year later, the White Sox not only won the AL Central, but also the World Series. That run at the top did not last long as the Twins bounced back and retook the division in 2006.

Perhaps the apex of this rivalry came in 2008 when, after 162 games, the two franchises both finished with 88–74 records tied atop the AL Central and forcing an additional game to be played to decide the tie-breaker. The White Sox won the game 1–0 off a 7th inning solo home run from Jim Thome.

More recently, the White Sox won the division in 2021 with a 93–69 record before losing to the Astros in the ALDS. The Twins won the division in the 2020 season with a 36–24 record before losing to the Astros in the Wild Card Series.

When Do The Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins Play Next?

Chicago White Sox tickets and Minnesota Twins tickets can be found on their respective team pages.

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Where Do the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins Play?

The Chicago White Sox play at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The park opened in 1991 and was named Comiskey Park. Rather than built through private financing, the park is owned by the state of Illinois through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

The Minnesota Twins play at Target Field in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Similarly to the White Sox, Target Field is owned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority; however, it’s financed by both public funding through a public bond offering based on a sales tax in Hennepin County and through private financing from the Pohlad family, who are majority owners.

Other MLB Rivalries

American LeagueNational LeagueInterleague
Boston Red Sox vs. New York YankeesChicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee BrewersBaltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay RaysChicago Cubs vs. St. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee TwinsLos Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco GiantsNew York Mets vs. New York Yankees
Houston Astros vs. Texas RangersNew York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets

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