Tim Anderson tweeted two words earlier this month: Revenge18. The White Sox infielder will look to bounce back from a tough 2017.
Tim Anderson had a tough 2017 season for the Chicago White Sox. Both on the field and off the field. He lost a very dear friend, Braden Moss, in a shooting outside a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He also recently told Scott Merkin he was dealing with family issues. Add that to the fact his play wasn’t up to his expectations, Anderson is looking for a bounce-back season.
Appropriately, he tweeted the phrase Revenge18 earlier this month, showing his motivation to return to form and show he’s a centerpiece of this team.
"“I’m so excited to be able to get a new perspective on things. I understand the game more, and I had a chance to mature a little bit more this offseason and get to know myself more, while learning a lot of things from this past season.”-White Sox short stop Tim Anderson"
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It sounds like this kid is already locked in and determined to have a strong season for the White Sox. And they can sure use it. The 24-year-old hit .257 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs in 146 games last season. However, his OBP dropped from .306 in 2017 to .276. To his credit, Anderson finished 2017 strong with a .339 batting average, three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .357 OBP in September. Let’s hope that can continue heading into 2018.
Anderson is still young so the Sox aren’t ready to give up on him now. One of the biggest questions surrounding him was whether he’d hit that sophomore slump. And it seems like he did. Now it’s his job to get better and figure out how he can improve his game. MLB teams now have a great idea of what his strengths and weaknesses are at the plate, so it is up to him to adjust and take that next step.
All players struggle at some point in their careers. Anderson went through a tough start to the 2017 season. Now it’s time for him to step up his game and bounce back. If he has a strong 2018, then no one will really remember his struggles in 2017. So White Sox fans get ready for Anderson’s Revenge18 tour, coming soon to Guaranteed Rate Field.