Chicago White Sox 2021 Season Preview: Tim Anderson

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The Chicago White Sox are a team that has a lot of really good players. Not many have ever represented what it means to be a White Sox player more than Tim Anderson. This is a player that has the potential to be an American League MVP because of his play on the field but he is the guy who stands as the face of the organization. The White Sox are World Series contenders and Anderson is a big part of it all. His emergence has really helped enhance the rebuild.

A lot of people are upset that the White Sox traded away Fernando Tatis Jr. to the San Diego Padres in the James Shields deal. Well, it would be nice to have him on the White Sox but there is nobody more fit to be the shortstop of this team than Tim Anderson. He is perfect in his role here and he is going to help them do a lot of winning. Forget about the past and appreciate the present because Tim Anderson is so sweet. He could even end up being the best shortstop in the league.

In 2019 he won the American League batting title. That was a phenomenal accomplishment as he really had a coming-out party. In that same season, however, he struggled defensively. Well, if there is one thing notable about Tim Anderson, it is that you should fear him when he puts his mind to something. He was much better in the field during the 2020 season and he had the second-best batting average in the AL.

All of that coming together finally got him recognized in the MVP voting. His teammate Jose Abreu won the award but Anderson came in 7th. With a full season of what he did in 2020, the White Sox will win a lot of games and he could climb that vote even more. With all of the talent around him now, it could come even easier.

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2021 Expectations:

In 2021, you should expect to hear Tim Anderson’s name a lot and see his face all over the place. When a team is good, the face of the team can be found everywhere. That is going to happen for Anderson and the Sox this year. He should be one of their three best players and they will compete for the division title. Once they win the division title, there is nobody guaranteed to beat them in the playoffs. If Tim Anderson is ever able to lift that World Series trophy over his head, it will truly be a sight to behold.