Over the last few years, Anderson has become the face of the White Sox. He has stepped into that leadership role and has not looked back.
Though we don’t like them, injuries are a part of the game and Anderson can’t quite figure out what the injury is.
“I don’t know what it is, to be honest,” Anderson said Wednesday in Oakland. “It’s really just soreness. I know you’re tired of hearing that, but you know, that’s just what it is, really. I feel like it’s going away. Hopefully I can get back in there pretty soon.”
“It kind of flared back up when we played against the Cubs. … I was just sore every morning. But I feel good now. Every day has been getting better. Being able to move around a little bit more the way that I want to.”
Should the White Sox shut down the star shortstop?
Why not, they have nothing to lose and they are already going to win the American League Central Division.
If you’re the White Sox, you want to be at full strength going into the postseason, and if that means shutting down your star player until the end of the season, then so be it.
Anderson has had an impressive season. He made his first All-Star team this year and has a .302 batting average with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, and 17 stolen bases through 108 games.
It’s time to pull the plug on our MLBbro for the regular season. The White Sox can’t risk losing him and have him miss any portion of the playoffs.
Last season, Anderson went off in the postseason, despite the White Sox losing to the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Series.
Anderson hit .643 during that series with a .786 slugging percentage. The White Sox will need Anderson to have another performance like that in the postseason, but he can’t do that if he’s hurt.
That’s why he needs to rest up and get himself ready for October. There’s no question he’ll be good to go when October rolls around and he’ll be ready to help lead his team to a World Series appearance.
If Anderson does come back before the playoffs, don’t be surprised if he’s used sparingly.
The White Sox say they will do everything they can to make sure he’s good come playoff time.
if they aren’t shutting him down, then what are we really talking about ?
There are numerous MLB players around the league making their 2021 debut as the playoff picture becomes clearer. Baltimore Orioles infielder Richie Martin made his season debut this month.
Martin is no stranger to the Big Leagues. He made his debut in 2019 with the Orioles. That season he played in 120 games and finished with a .208 batting average, with six home runs, 23 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. As a rookie, Martin impressed many and was determined to show improvements in the future.
He made his way back to the majors this season and so far he’s put up some solid numbers.
Martin has played in 10 games and is batting .233 with a home run and four RBI. He recorded his first hit of the season in his third game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That game he went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
He recently has been impressive at the plate. From August 12 to the 16 he has put together a four-game hitting streak.
It’s safe to say that Martin is making the most of his opportunity in his second stint in the majors.
The 26-year-old has dealt with his fair share of adversity in the past year, but that has not stopped him from putting on those Orioles colors.
After he finished the 2019 season, the Orioles had plans to send him down to Triple-A to start the 2020 season. But when COVID-19 interrupted those plans, Martin was among a group of many minor league players who did not have a season.
And to make things worse, Martin suffered a wrist injury in July of 2020 that required surgery.
Our MLBbro suffered another injury going into 2021 and he was forced to miss the start of spring training. Injury setbacks became the common theme for Martin.
In each instance, however, Martin rose to the occasion and pushed through the recovery process to get himself back on the field.
When 2021 came, Martin was in the Orioles farm system. He played one game of rookie ball, then spent some time in Double-A and finished playing 13 games in Triple-A. During his time in the minors, Martin spent time in the outfield. He’s the type of player who is versatile and can play in the infield or outfield.
But when he was playing the outfield, he suffered another setback. He fractured his left wrist in May after crashing into a wall trying to make a catch.
So once again Martin would have to miss time due to an injury.
But like the previous times before, he wasn’t going to let his injury stop him from getting back to the league.
So here we are now and Martin is back on the Orioles. This brother can play some ball and the Orioles can move him around on defense too, which is a good thing. With the position that the Orioles are in, there will be a good chance Martin will stay on the roster throughout the remainder of the season.
Perserverence has been the secret to Martin’s success.
While Major League Baseball may be a little bit more conservative than the other pro sports, some players still are able to transcend the game with such swag, cultural dominance and elite skills that they grow into larger than life figures.
For example Babe Ruth, was one of the United States’ first celebrity athletes. Derek Jeter would follow in his footsteps, transforming from a quiet workhorse into a ladies-loving Yankees legend.
In St.Louis however, few men stole the spotlight quite like Ozzie Smith.
While Smith’s defensive skills were unforgettable, it’s been over 20 years since we last saw Ozzie shine at shortstop. We still haven’t found anyone who could duplicate his unprecedented greatness with the web.
After spending years of his life in Alabama, Smith and his family moved to Los Angeles. In California, he began to show the athleticism that would later make him famous.
In high school he played both basketball and baseball. While he didn’t earn any major league attention (three of his teammates were drafted) the shortstop did earn a partial scholarship to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. That was hardly a ticket to success however.
In college, Smith managed to walk onto the baseball team and when the starting shortstop broke his leg, Ozzie got his chance to shine. He would take advantage of the opportunity and develop into an All-America, while garnering plenty of professional attention.
He was initially drafted by the Detroit Tigers, but he and the team couldn’t agree to terms. So he returned to school for his senior year and was then drafted by the San Diego Padres.
Early in his career, Ozzie Smith became involved in a bitter contract dispute with the Padres and was shipped to the St.Louis Cardinals.
That move as we all know changed the trajectory of his career. In fact in his first season in the Midwest, Smith helped the Cards win the World Series.
The club would capture two more pennants but no more titles during his career. In 1985, Ozzie did his part hitting one of the most iconic home runs in baseball history.
During his career, Smith won 13 Gold Gloves and redefined what it meant to be a middle infielder. While never really known as an offensive threat, he still developed into a capable batter.
By the time he retired he was a .262 career hitter, with a .337 on-base percentage. His defense and backflips however, became the stuff of legends. The Cardinals retired his jersey in 1996, and in 2002 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and would forever be immortalized in Cooperstown.
Since retired, he’s dabbled in a few business ventures, and he also became the president of the Gateway PGA Reach Foundation.
The Foundation is a charitable arm of the PGA, dedicated to “positively impacting the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. Smith’s branch serves the Gateway section of the country, which includes parts of Illinois and Missouri.
While Ozzie Smith might have made his name on the baseball, St. Louis sports fans of every discipline came to love the Wizard of Oz.
His new role might not be much different. He’s still giving those in “The Lou” something to cheer about. He’s undisputably the best shortstop to ever do it and we need more Black shortstops in MLB if we ever want to surpass the all-encompassing magnificence of the GOAT.