MLBbro Josh Harrison Will Ultimately Help Chicago White Sox Win In Various Ways

MLBbro Josh Harrison Will Ultimately Help Chicago White Sox Win In Various Ways

MLBbro veteran Josh Harrison, two-time All-Star, has bounced around the league the last few seasons. The two-time All-Star Swiss army knife has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics since 2011. 

 

 

He is in his first year with the Chicago White Sox and this is his fourth team in four seasons. Harrison wants to help this Chicago team make a run to the World Series this year. And his veteran leadership will certainly have a huge impact in the clubhouse.

Harrison has struggled at the plate this season only hitting .156 through 21 games. But the White Sox know his value and know that as the season progresses, he will have numerous opportunities to help the team win ball games.

Our MLBbro could not wait to join the White Sox this season.

 

 

“When this opportunity presented itself, it was almost a no-brainer for me,” Harrison said on the “White Sox Talk Podcast” back in March. 

Though Harrison has a lot of experience in the majors, he’s not a postseason veteran. During his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he played in a total of four postseason games from 2013 to 2015.

Now, he’s on one of the top teams in the American League the past two seasons.

Before joining the team, Harrison already knew how talented the White Sox were and how they were approaching the season as serious title contenders. 

“I don’t have to mention the pitching staff,” he said of the team’s bullpen. “You (also) got Eloy [Jiménez], Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, I definitely took it as a compliment when they came after me, I was very elated.”

Harrison can pretty much play any position on the infield, as he has already played some third base for Chicago. But having him up the middle with fellow MLBbro Tim Anderson makes so much sense for the White Sox defensively.

With those two anchoring the middle, it makes them that much more secure on the infield.

“When I was presented with the opportunity,” Harrison said, “looking around the infield, second base, I feel like I can blend in with this team, sure-handed up the middle and help any way that I can.”

Through 32 games, the White Sox are in third place in the American League Central, just three games behind the division-leading Twins. This should be an interesting race in that division and once the White Sox (16-17) get healthy, they’ll be a team to reckon with.

Once Harrison gets things going offensively, he’ll present another threat at the plate opposing teams have to deal with.

“We know what we’re capable of on paper, but I’m not really interested in on paper,” Harrison said. “Paper has nothing to do with in between those white lines.

“We know what we have. It’s about us going out there, starting today.”

Be on the lookout for Harrison over there playing on the South Side. Though he signed a one-year contract with the White Sox, how he performs this season will determine his standing with the team going forward. 

Tim Anderson & Byron Buxton Dictate The AL Central Race

Tim Anderson & Byron Buxton Dictate The AL Central Race

For many fans and analysts around Major League Baseball, entering the season, the AL Central champ was a forgone conclusion.

The Chicago White Sox, lead by MLBbro and budding superstar Tim Anderson, were headed to their second straight division crown under wily legend Tony LaRussa in what many consider the weakest division in baseball.

Fortunately for Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins, pennants are won on the field and not on paper.

While it’s far too early to pick a favorite, Buxton has Minnesota in first place and many wondering if the Central has suddenly gone from a one team demolition to a legit two (or three) team race.

Anderson hasn’t been outdone by much, but even with his success the teams seem headed in opposite directions. Let’s take a look at how this division battle has shaped up so far.

ANDERSON ALONE OUT THERE

Lately the White Sox lineup has felt like Tim Anderson vs. the world. Instead of the explosive offense most predicted, Chicago has been terrible at the plate. As a team the Southsiders rank 24th in OPS, 26th in runs scored, 27th in RBI and dead last in walks.

Chicago’s offense may be awful right now, but Anderson has continued to produce like the superstar we project him to be.

So far this season, Anderson has collected 24 hits in 72 at bats out of the leadoff spot for Chicago. After Monday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels, Anderson was slashing .357/.379/.500 over his last seven games.

 

Anderson already missed two games via suspension this season, and is currently appealing another for flipping the bird at Guardians fans a la Kyrie Irving. But unlike the aforementioned Irving, Tim has been head and shoulders the best ballplayer on his team every time he takes the field.

MINNESOTA GETTING BETTER AS WE GO

The Minnesota Twins offensive numbers won’t blow you away, but over the last seven games Buxton has gotten some help from their prize free agent signing, World Series Champion Carlos Correa. Over the last week of games, Carlos is slashing .357/.419/.393, a sign that Carlos is putting the ball in play, just not out of the ballpark.

 

 

The improved play of Correa combined with lefty Max Keplers .888 OPS have given Byron enough help throughout the first few weeks of the season to propel the Twins to first in the division. If fellow offseason additions like Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela can snap out of their early season funk to contribute, Minnesota may have some staying power at the top the AL Central.

As for Buxton, the concerns about his health remain and the threat of injury hangs over any projections we make about him. Buxton has always produced when on the field, often putting up numbers in spurts that compare to Mike Trout.

If Big Bux stays in the lineup all season, the Twins will be a formidable opponent the remainder of the season.

Both TA and Buxton have been close to their A games all season, the only question remaining is which one’s supporting cast will catch up quickest.

Is Tim Anderson Still Underrated? | He’s Getting Lots Of Attention, Just Not For His Play On the Field

Is Tim Anderson Still Underrated? | He’s Getting Lots Of Attention, Just Not For His Play On the Field

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.

Tim Anderson, The King of Swag, Comes Off Suspension Smokin’ With Three Hits

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. 

Tim Anderson, The King of Swag, Comes Off Suspension Smokin’ With Three Hits

Tim Anderson, The King of Swag, Comes Off Suspension Smokin’ With Three Hits

Anderson made his return to the lineup Sunday against the Tigers and was 3-for-5 in Chicago’s 10-1 win over Detroit. His return to the lineup came after being suspended for the first two games of the season due to an incident that happened last season back in September, also against Detroit. 

During last season, a scuffle happened on the field between the White Sox and Tigers, where Anderson made contact with an umpire. Anderson was originally handed down a three-game suspension by the league, but after an appeal, his suspension got reduced to two games. Anderson said that he received a $10,000 fine from the league for the incident as well.

 

Anderson’s appearance is much needed for the White Sox, as their typical leadoff hitter, not only brings his vital energy, but his incredible ability at the plate. Last season, Anderson had a batting average of .309, with 17 home runs, and 61 RBI, earning him a 2021 All-Star appearance. 

Not only is Anderson’s presence needed as a whole, but he has been known to do very well against Detroit. Over his career, Anderson has had a .350 batting average against Detroit, with 13 home runs, 55 RBI, along with an OBP of .389, and a slugging percentage of .514.

After a decent start to his career when he was called up back in 2016, Anderson really took that next step to elite company back in 2019, as had a .335 batting average, which earned him the AL batting title. In the shortened 2020 year, Anderson was able to earn the Silver Slugger Award. 

 

 

Anderson has been known for being a somewhat controversial player, as back in 2019, after Anderson hit a home run against pitcher Brad Keller and the Royals, Anderson had a very noticeable bat flip, in which Keller ended up intentionally hitting Anderson on his next at bat. The result of this incident earned Keller a five-game suspension.

The bat flip was also a very controversial subject throughout the league, as many people and shows were debating on whether or not what Anderson did was breaking tradition, and unwritten rules. On one side, people were saying that Anderson was showboating, and that that style does not belong in the MLB.

On the other hand, people were saying that all Anderson was doing was having a good time, and that it is good for baseball when the players are making the game more fun and exciting. MLB has seemingly sided with Anderson on this matter, as they created and embraced the campaign “Let The Kids Play,” trying to appeal to a younger audience by promoting a more fun style of overall play, which is exactly what Anderson does.

Anderson is one of MLB’s top shortstops and one of the league’s most exciting players. One thing that you can count on for certain, whether you like it or not, Anderson will always make his presence felt.