It may seem weird now after winning the 2019 batting title to think about a young Tim Anderson who wasn’t ready to play in the big leagues just yet. Well, that was the case just a few seasons ago in 2016. Anderson was rolling through the White Sox Minor League system faster than usual but the Sox felt it necessary to let him begin the 2016 year down in the Minors for just a little bit longer.
In his spot, the used Jimmy Rollins. Rollins was a shell of his former self who had a brilliant career. This is a guy who was a brilliant player for a very long time. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies for 15 years before a couple of one-offs. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and then came to the White Sox in 2016. It was clear that the way that the White Sox have handled Tim Anderson’s development has worked and having Rollins to hold his spot was a big part of that.
If this current rebuild ever leads to championship level, fans can remember and thank players like Jimmy Rollins for eating innings for this team. In 48 games played for the White Sox, he hit .221 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He had 33 hits in 149 at-bats that year so he wasn’t close to the impact player he once was. Regardless, his 2008 World Series ring, MVP, and four gold gloves that he has made it a thrill to see him play for our team for a little bit.