Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson’s record breaking playoff success

Vincent Parise
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox throws off balance to first base but not in time to get Chad Pinder #18 of the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Round at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox throws off balance to first base but not in time to get Chad Pinder #18 of the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Round at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox saw Tim Anderson break a postseason record against the A’s.

There is plenty of time this offseason to truly digest what made Tim Anderson so great for the Chicago White Sox in 2020. He was so close to repeating as the American League batting champion and was truly one of the best players in the league. His name will appear on many MVP ballots when the results come out. In the meantime, it should be noted that he was record-breaking good in the Wild Card Series.

Oakland Athletics pitchers are probably so happy that they don’t have to deal with this guy anymore. He was so good that he had nine hits in his first three playoff games. Not to mention, those were the first three playoff games of his career. He is the first player in Major League Baseball history to have nine hits in his first three career playoff games.

Whenever something like that happens for the first time in MLB history, it is impressive. The White Sox have been around for around 120 years and the league itself is even older. For Anderson to come in here and accomplish a feat like that is truly amazing. Too bad the run was cut so short. Even though it was a short run, however, they will be back with Anderson leading the way.

Often times across baseball and even sports in general, there are stars that just disappear when the playoffs come around. We can go forward with confidence now that Tim Anderson is not one of those guys. He is one of the best shortstops in the world and he is going to help them get it done in the regular season and playoffs.

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All we can do now is look forward to more Tim Anderson in the future. The team around him is still trying to catch up to his level and when they do the rest of the league is in trouble. 2020 was free money for them because it was year one of relevancy and the circumstances that caused the season to be short didn’t help. When we do see baseball again in 2021, it will be exciting to see if Anderson can take it up even another level (if that is even possible).

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