2012 Chicago White Sox season

The 2012 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 113th season in Chicago and 112th in the American League. On October 6, 2011, Robin Ventura was designated to be the new manager.

2012 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Record85–77 (.525)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
General manager(s)Kenny Williams
Manager(s)Robin Ventura
Local televisionCSN Chicago
WGN-TV and WGN America
(Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone)
Local radioWSCR
(Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson)
WNUA HD-2 (Spanish)
(Hector Molina, Billy Russo)[1]
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White Sox GM Kenny Williams called the 2012 season a "rebuilding" year. In doing so, the Sox made some big moves in the offseason by trading away or letting big name free agents leave. Mark Buehrle became a free agent and decided to follow his former manager, Ozzie Guillén, and sign with the Miami Marlins. The White Sox closer during the 2011 season, Sergio Santos, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Left fielder Juan Pierre became a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Power hitting right fielder Carlos Quentin, was traded to the San Diego Padres. The White Sox did however sign or acquire young talent, including players like José Quintana, Néstor Molina, Simón Castro, Pedro Hernández, Jhan Mariñez, Héctor Giménez, Damaso Espino, Erik Morrison and Osvaldo Martínez. The White Sox signed former Cub and Indian, Kosuke Fukudome, to be the team's fourth outfielder.

Offseason additions and subtractions

Subtractions Additions
PlayersLHP Mark Buehrle (signed with Marlins)
RHP Sergio Santos (traded to Blue Jays)
RHP Jason Frasor (traded to Blue Jays)
RHP Josh Kinney (signed with Mariners)
C Ramón Castro (free agent)
C Donny Lucy (retired)
INF Omar Vizquel (signed with Blue Jays)
OF Juan Pierre (signed with Phillies)
OF Carlos Quentin (traded to Padres)
OF Lastings Milledge (signed with NPB Tokyo Yakult Swallows)
LHP Donnie Veal* (Minor League free agent)
LHP José Quintana* (Minor League free agent)
LHP Eric Stults** (Minor League free agent)
RHP Néstor Molina* (traded from Blue Jays)
RHP Simón Castro* (traded from Padres)
LHP Pedro Hernández* (traded from Padres)
RHP Myles Jaye* (traded from Blue Jays)
RHP Daniel Webb* (traded from Blue Jays)
LHP Scott Olsen* (Minor League free agent)
RHP Jhan Mariñez* (compensation from Marlins)
C Héctor Giménez** (Minor League free agent)
C Damaso Espino** (Minor League free agent)
1B Dan Johnson** (Minor League free agent)
2B Erik Morrison* (Minor League free agent)
SS Osvaldo Martínez (compensation from Marlins)
INF Ray Olmedo** (Minor League free agent)
INF Corey Smith* (Minor League free agent)
OF Delwyn Young** (Minor League free agent)
OF Kosuke Fukudome (free agent)
PersonnelManager Ozzie Guillén† (released)
Bench coach Joey Cora† (released)
Hitting coach Greg Walker (released)
Third base coach Jeff Cox (released)
Manager Robin Ventura
Bench coach Mark Parent
Hitting coach Jeff Manto
Third base coach Joe McEwing
†Player released during 2011 season
*Player spent entire 2011 season in Minor Leagues
**Player was non-roster invitee to Spring training (not on 40-man roster)

2012 Top prospects

# Player Position Top 100 rank MLB rank 2012 Starting team (level)
1 Addison Reed Right-handed pitcher 66 92 Majors
2 Néstor Molina Right-handed pitcher - - AA
3 Simón Castro Right-handed pitcher - - AA
4 Trayce Thompson Outfielder - - High A
5 Jacob Petricka Right-handed pitcher - - High A
6 Keenyn Walker Outfielder - - Low A
7 Jhan Mariñez Right-handed pitcher - - AAA
8 Tyler Saladino Shortstop - - AA
9 Juan Silverio Third baseman - - High A
10 Osvaldo Martínez Shortstop - - AAA

* According to Baseball America Top 100 Prospects[2]

* According to 2012 Prospect Watch[3]

* Top 10 White Sox prospects via Baseball America[4]


Regular season

American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 8874 0.543 50–31 38–43
Chicago White Sox 8577 0.525 3 45–36 40–41
Kansas City Royals 7290 0.444 16 37–44 35–46
Cleveland Indians 6894 0.420 20 37–44 31–50
Minnesota Twins 6696 0.407 22 31–50 35–46

American League Wild Card

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 9567 0.586
Oakland Athletics 9468 0.580
Detroit Tigers 8874 0.543
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 teams qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 9369 0.574
Texas Rangers 9369 0.574
Tampa Bay Rays 9072 0.556 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8973 0.549 4
Chicago White Sox 8577 0.525 8
Seattle Mariners 7587 0.463 18
Toronto Blue Jays 7389 0.451 20
Kansas City Royals 7290 0.444 21
Boston Red Sox 6993 0.426 24
Cleveland Indians 6894 0.420 25
Minnesota Twins 6696 0.407 27

Record vs. opponents

Kansas City4–53–412–610–85–134–57–113–45–41–74–24–52–68–10
Los Angeles7–26–05–34–55–55–46–34–59–1011–81–910–94–412–6
New York9–913–52–55–16–44–35–44–35–56–38–104–311–713–5
Tampa Bay8–109–93–44–42–52–49–15–110–84–56–45–414–49–9

Detailed records and runs scored/allowed

OpponentHomeAwayTotalPct.Runs scoredRuns allowed
AL East
Baltimore Orioles1–31–32–6.2503135
Boston Red Sox1–31–32–6.2502045
New York Yankees3–02–25–2.7143828
Tampa Bay Rays1–33–04–3.5712426
Toronto Blue Jays3–33–16–4.6004541
AL Central
Cleveland Indians5–46–311–7.61112073
Detroit Tigers5–41–86–12.3336984
Kansas City Royals3–63–66–12.3335278
Minnesota Twins7–27–214–4.77811377
AL West
Los Angeles Angels2–11–43–5.3753036
Oakland Athletics2–11–23–3.5002622
Seattle Mariners5–13–08–1.8895538
Texas Rangers3–03–36–3.6674627
Chicago Cubs1–23–04–2.6672720
Houston Astros1–20–01–2.3332220
Los Angeles Dodgers0–01–21–2.3331213
Milwaukee Brewers2–10–02–1.66797
St. Louis Cardinals0–01–21–2.33397

Season summary

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