Chicago White Sox: 3 legitimate AL MVP candidates

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CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson
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Tim Anderson . 7. player. 128. . SS. Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson is one of the true MVP candidates on the Chicago White Sox.

Yes, he may be a long shot for MVP but shortstop Tim Anderson has MVP qualities and should be considered for the honor. This All-Star has played extremely well for the White Sox in 2021. His defensive ability is second to none and should not be questioned. He has all the defensive tools needed to be a star shortstop and displays those skills in each and every game.

When you talk about leadership, like we did in the previous slide about Abreu, Anderson is one of the better leaders and motivators on the team. You see him out there cheering his teammates on, offering advice, and being one of the first to greet a teammate when they make a big play. His leadership ability cannot be denied.

Anderson is also quite smart both defensively and offensively. He knows a lot about the game. His recent hitting streak is a perfect example of his baseball intelligence. Anderson knows pitchers, knows their tendencies, and knows how to make contact with the ball. That’s why he’s been so good at the plate over the last few seasons. Through July 26th, Anderson’s slash line is .304/.339/.444.

Could Anderson be the MVP in the American League? It’s possible but it will be tough. With so many talented players in the league, it will be difficult but not impossible. If he can continue to play the way he has been, keeps producing at the plate as he’s been doing, and show his leadership qualities, he could be a dark-horse candidate for MVP.

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