Tim Anderson has embraced playing in the city of Chicago and over the past few years, he’s become one of the most exciting players to watch in all of baseball.
The White Sox have been looking for the player who brings that emotion and swag to the game, and Anderson is the perfect player.
Our MLBbro put together an impressive season last year where he hit .309 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 18 stolen bases. He also was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
There’s no question that he’s made an impact on the field, the numbers don’t lie.
But is Anderson still considered underrated?
For the past three seasons, he’s batted over .300 and during that span he received some honors as well. In 2019 he was crowned the American League batting champion after hitting .335 through 123 games.
During the COVID-shortened season in 2020 he won a Silver Slugger Award after hitting .322 with 10 home runs in 49 games.
His career numbers have been impressive too. Going into his seventh season, Anderson has a .286 batting average with 93 home runs and 234 RBI.
It’s no surprise that Anderson can swing the bat, he’s shown us that he’s been one of the top hitters the past few seasons and he doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. And he can do more than just hit to get on base. He has pop in his bat and that should not go unnoticed.
One thing that makes Anderson stick out from others is his passion for the game. He will certainly let you know how he’s feeling out on that field when he’s fired up. Anderson’s passion has garnered more attention than his high level of baseball skill so far this season.
He started the season by serving a suspension for making contact with an umpire last season. Minor offense but detracts from his excellence. Then flipping the bird at opposing fans after he botched four plays in two games, which resulted in another suspension.
That kind of emotion comes with the package, but Anderson’s ability should be leading the headlines. Not his hot head. Baseball needs all of the swag it can get, but it must be channeled properly.
Whether he’s hitting a walk-off home run or making a game saving play at short, Anderson’s energy is not overlooked. He also has that confidence and swag that he carries with him all the time and let’s be real, that’s what baseball needs and has been missing for a while.
And Anderson just doesn’t talk the talk, he can back it up with his play too.
If he wasn’t playing at a high-level like he’s been doing, then an argument could be made about him not performing on the field, but that’s not the case.
When you think of the top shortstops in the league today, Anderson deserves to be in that conversation.
He’s a proven leader and he has the numbers to show for it as well.
For those who are still sleeping on Anderson, y’all need to put some respect on this man’s name.
Anderson will have a long career in the league and if he can remain healthy, he can continue to rack up more awards and play in many more All-Star Games.
This MLBbro has impacted the game and made it more exciting for fans to watch and he’s doing all this while giving back to the community where he plays too.
Anderson will be a player that people will talk about long after he’s done playing.