Chicago White Sox MLBbro Tim Anderson will undergo surgery and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with a tear in his left middle finger, the club announced Tuesday.

Tim Anderson’s Suspension Reduced | TA7 Is Still Confident The White Sox Make A Playoff Run

Tim Anderson’s Suspension Reduced | TA7 Is Still Confident The White Sox Make A Playoff Run

Over the weekend, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson reached a settlement with Major League Baseball which saw his three-game suspension reduced to two. Anderson was suspended by the league for making contact with an umpire during an argument over balls and strikes in late July. 

White Sox Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa was adamant that there was fault on both sides and that any suspension should take that into consideration. “Did you see how the interaction happened?” asked La Russa after the incident. “The way we see it, there’s an argument to be made that the umpire didn’t move back, he was moving forward as well.”

 

 

Given the reduction of Anderson’s suspension by a game, clearly someone in the league office felt the same. 

Now suspensions are never a good thing, but for TA this may actually serve as a much-needed break to reset. The White Sox struggles have been well documented this season, but as of late their superstar shortstop has also been on the skids. 

While Anderson remains in the 98th percentile in expected batting average, he has struggled since the All-Star break. Over his last 15 games, Tim is slashing .258/.281/.290 with just 16 hits and seven runs scored in 62 at-bats. 

One glaring difference is his batting average against fastballs this season. In 2021 TA hit a blistering .331 against fastballs, but so far this season he’s seen that average drop to .286.

Now Anderson is still seeing the fastball at the plate 56 percent of the time, but the production simply isn’t there. A .286 average may be respectable for most of the league, but not for TA. His batting average isn’t the only issue, as his slugging percentage versus the fastball has plummeted 100 points from .495 to .393.

Even with his struggles now mirroring the team’s underwhelming season, Anderson has continued to tell whoever’s willing to listen that there are no issues in the White Sox clubhouse. 

“Nobody really knows what’s going on,” said Anderson. “It’s just a lot of people with a lot of opinions, and we’re on the inside laughing. But we understand when you’re going through a lot of things, there’s going to be a lot of opinions, and the biggest thing is to not really buy into those opinions. Just stay the course and stay focused and keep rallying around each other.”

Anderson and the Sox will need more than rallying around each other if they want to make the playoffs this season. They’ve battled back to two games above .500 and are only two games behind the Twins, but without a return to their early 2021 form, it may be impossible for Chicago to live up to preseason expectations. 

Top 10 Black Knights On Planet MLBbro So Far In 2022

Top 10 Black Knights On Planet MLBbro So Far In 2022

High Five Top 10 MLBbros of the first half of the season

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is earning one of the biggest bags in all of baseball with his 2022 season

His league-leading 33 home runs before the All-Star Break is tied for the most in franchise history and he has his Yankees on top of baseball with 64 wins.

 

 

Judge started in his fourth career All-Star Game, leading all players with 3,726,498 votes.

The American League MVP race will most likely come down to Judge and the Angels Unicorn Shohei Ohtani, who won the award last year.

Considering Vlad Jr. nearly won the Triple Crown and still lost the race to Ohtani last year, Judge will need to hit at least 60 home runs and have the Yankees with the best record in baseball in order to gain a leg up.

Mookie Betts

“We need more Black people in the stadium,” was the message on Dodgers superstar outfielder’s shirt during All-Star Game batting practice.

 

 

Those who have seen Betts at ballparks across the nation this year have been treated to a show on a nightly basis.

He’s having one of the best years of his career as he is on pace for a career-high number of homers with 20 already, and an RBI total that’s right in line with what he did in his MVP season in 2018.

Betts is batting .265 with an .863 OPS this season. His Dodgers lead the National League with 60 wins, which is important considering the team with the best record in each league gets a bye in round one of the playoffs.

Giancarlo Stanton

 

Stanton has been Aaron Judge’s right-hand man this season with 24 home runs, just two behind Astros’ Yordan Alvarez for second in the American League.

Stanton showed off his home run power in his hometown of Los Angeles during his fifth career All-Star Game, hitting a two-run home run into the same left field bleachers he sat at as a kid.

That homer won Stanton the game’s MVP and was the hardest hit ball ever recorded at the All-Star Game in the Statcast Era.

Tim Anderson 

Tim Anderson became the first White Sox shortstop to start an All-Star Game in 52 years, a well deserved accomplishment for one of the best hitters in the game, and he will only get better.

His .310 batting average is top 10 in baseball and he has been the most consistent player on a White Sox team that has struggled to reach preseason expectations so far.

MLB All-Star Game: Tim Anderson Talks Baseball Culture, Inspiring Next Generation Of MLBbros

The American League Central race will be one of the more interesting coming down the stretch, and Anderson’s play will be a huge factor for which team goes on an early vacation.

Devin Williams

 

 

Devin Williams has not given up a run since May 10th and is making his case to be the best reliever in baseball. The 2020 National League Rookie of the Year was a last-minute addition to the All-Star team but worked a clean inning in Tuesday night’s game.

Williams is leading the Majors in holds with a 1.77 ERA with 59 strikeouts this year. 

 

 

In June, batters hit only .032 against him, and in July that number stands at 1.43.

Byron Buxton

Getting to watch Byron Buxton in a pennant race is going to be something special.

The five-tool outfielder is one of the biggest playmakers with the bat and glove in the Majors and he proved it on the biggest stage when he went back-to-back with Giancarlo Stanton in this year’s All-Star Game.

Buxton’s homer turned out to be the decisive blow in the 3-2 win for the American League. Although he did not win the MVP award, he did win a fan a season’s supply of beer.

 

 

His 23 home runs rank fifth in the American League, but he will need to get his .216 average up if he wants to get his Minnesota Twins into the playoffs and over the hump of the Wild Card Game.

Jazz Chisholm Jr.

 

On the back of a solid first full season in the Majors, Jazz Chisholm Jr. is putting up better numbers in almost every offensive category.

In addition to his personal highs, Chisholm also leads Miami in most hitting statistics and became the first ever Bahamian player to be named an All-Star and would have been the first starter had it not been for a back injury he suffered a few weeks before the break.

 

 

“The Bahamian Blur” will continue to crush baseballs after coming into the stadium with more swag and style than anyone else in the locker room, despite the direction where his struggling Marlins go.

Josh Bell

 

Josh Bell could end up being the biggest commodities when the Major League Baseball August 2nd trade deadline comes around. Bell leads all MLBbros with a .311 batting average and is in the top 5 for first baseman in multiple categories including hits, OPS, triples, hits and average.

This is the last year of Bell’s rookie deal, so he’ll be earning himself some cash if he gets the chance to play with a contender during the final part of the season.

 

 

Triston McKenzie

“Dr. Sticks” is having a great sophomore season but has done his best work in July.

In three starts this month McKenzie has gone 21 innings without giving up a run.  He has 23 strikeouts with just six walks and nine hits over that span as his Guardians sit just two games back of the Twins for the American League Central pennant.

This year McKenzie has a 3.20 ERA with 96 strikeouts and a 7-6 record.

His next start will come on the Southside of Chicago against Tim Anderson and the White Sox.

Michael Harris II

 

 

Michael Harris is the youngest player in baseball but has impacted his team maybe more than anyone on this list not named Aaron Judge or Mookie Betts.

The Atlanta native has proved to the Braves that the center fielder of their future is already patrolling their outfield ground.

He has already made some of the best defensive plays this season and will be fighting for both a Gold Glove and the National League Rookie of the Year award as this season comes to an end.

 

 

Honorable mentions:

Marcus Semien – The 2021 MLBbro of the Year got off to a slow start in his first season of his seven-year, $175 Million deal, but he has heated up over the last month.  Watch for him to find his way into the top 10 at season’s end.

Cedric Mullins– CM Storm is the leader on one of the most fun, young teams in baseball and the O’s will need big things out of him if they want to steal a playoff spot from one of the other American League East teams.

J.P.  “The Claw” Crawford- Was on his way to making his first career All-Star Game before a suspension for fighting put an end to that.  Despite that his Mariners won 14 straight to close out the first half.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – One of the best young defenders in baseball is going to be the best at the hot corner sooner rather than later.

Taijuan Walker – Walker is quietly having a better year than his 2021 All-Star season and will be a key member in the backend of the Mets rotation as they fight for the World Series.

MLB All-Star Game: Tim Anderson Talks Baseball Culture, Inspiring Next Generation Of MLBbros

MLB All-Star Game: Tim Anderson Talks Baseball Culture, Inspiring Next Generation Of MLBbros

When you talk about the Chicago White Sox, it’s hard not to mention Tim Anderson. Anderson is a player who has impacted the game in a positive way and his passion for the game is legendary.

He has developed into one of the top MLB players and has brought a much-needed excitement and attitude to baseball.

 

This season Anderson was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game and was named a starter for the first time.

The Alabama native has had a lot of success during his career and will continue to make magnificent things happen on the diamond.

For the younger generation, to see someone like Anderson having the success he’s had, that is motivation.

In the 2022 Major League Draft, three Black players were selected within the first five picks, a huge accomplishment. Anderson went on to speak about what that meant for the game during media day at the All-Star Game.

It’s (baseball) growing, getting a lot of African Americans and culture in the game is definitely cool to see and definitely dope for sure,” he said.

And Anderson loves being a player and person, the younger kids can look up to.

“I just try to go out there and be that example and most importantly go out there and just be myself and be authentic, and it’s been a dream come true.”

 

This has definitely been an exciting time for Blacks in baseball. Eight Black players were selected to the All-Star Game and for the second time since 1996, three Black players will be starting in the outfield for the American League.

Just The Beginning 

But, there is still work to be done for Blacks in baseball. According to an article by Newsweek published in May of this year, Major Leage Baseball currently has the lowest percentage of Black players in three decades.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida released a report stating that Black players represented only 7.2 percent of all MLB players at the start of the current season.

That percentage is a slight decline from the 2021 season where it was at 7.6 percent.

This is why organizations like The Players Alliance and The Chicago White Sox ACE Program are essential to Black communities.

 

Anderson talked about how much of an impact the ACE Program has on the city of Chicago.

“It’s real important that programs like this are available to the kids because baseball can get real expensive and it’s just good to see the kids having fun and hopefully they can continue to go on to have success playing this sport,” he said.

A lot still needs to be done to see that percentage increase among Black players playing in the league.

But the good thing is that there are steps being taken to make this possible and with programs like the one Anderson talked about, more and more Blacks will be introduced to the game at a young age.

And with players in the league currently like Anderson continuing to have success at a high level, this will attract more and more young players and we’ll start to see more Blacks drafted and go on to have success in this league.