Tim Anderson is one of the best players the Chicago White Sox have going right now.
Tim Anderson is a fan favorite on the Southside and across baseball. His bat flip against Brad Keller was one of the most memorable moments of the past couple of seasons. It has even been immortalized in a bobblehead.
Despite being one of the faces of Major League Baseball, Tim Anderson has yet to make an appearance in an All-Star game. This may be shocking to some. He has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and RBI Baseball. In 2016 he finished seventh in the Rookie of the Year race. In 2019 he had a breakout campaign posting a league-leading .335 batting average, earning him a batting title.
He followed that up in 2020 by hitting .322, with 10 home runs, and a league-leading 45 runs scored. His performance earned him a Silver Slugger Award and a seventh-place finish in the MVP race. On top of all of that, he has emerged as an elite defensive shortstop. His number of errors has reduced every year while his fielding percentage has steadily gone up. His pure athleticism and arm strength have robbed hits from many unfortunate opponents.
This season, Anderson has picked up where he left off. He is hitting .296 with six home runs, 18 RBIs, and a .769 OPS. Anderson missed some time due to injury and the results are night and day when he is not at the top of the order.
Anderson was snubbed of an All-Star bid in 2019. In 2021 it is time for fans to make things right. The American League’s most exciting player should not be on the sideline once again for the Midsummer Classic.