November 23—For the third consecutive year, Liam Hendriks has been awarded the closer position on the First Team of the 2021 All-MLB Team, the last honor of the 2021 MLB Awards to be announced. The All-MLB Team debuted in 2019 to recognize superior performance across the entire regular-season, including strong second-half performances by players who may not have been included in the mid-season All-Star Game. Honorees are selected through a combination of votes (50% each) by fans and a panel of baseball insiders.
November 17—White Sox left-handed starter Carlos Rodón has placed fifth in the balloting for the 2021 American League Cy Young Award.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays as the American League winner, and Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers as the National League winner.
November 10—For the second consecutive year, White Sox closer Liam Hendriks has been named Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year for the 2021 season.
Hendriks earned 38 saves on 44 opportunities, with a season record of 8-3, a 2.54 ERA. and a 0.73 WHIP. He struck out 113 and walked only 7 on 71.0 IP (69 relief appearances).
Hendriks set the MLB record for the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.14), beating the previous record of 15.64, set by Clayton Kershaw in 2016. Hendriks joined Kenley Jansen (2017) as the only pitchers in MLB history to strike out 100+ batters with 7 or fewer walks.
November 7—Despite his disappointing second half as a starter, White Sox veteran lefty Dallas Keuchel remained great on defense in 2021, winning the fifth Golden Glove Award of his career.
Keuchel finished the season with 41 assists, 1 error, 2 stolen bases allowed on 6 attempts, and 12 defensive runs saved—a career high.
He beat out American League finalists Zack Greinke, who has accumulated six Golden Gloves, and José Berríos.
Keuchel is the first White Sox pitcher to win a Golden Glove since Jake Peavy in 2012. Marke Buehrle (3), Jim Kaat (3), and Peavy are the only other pitchers in franchise history to win the award.