Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson deserves the Silver Slugger
The Chicago White Sox had some inconsistencies with their offense in 2021. Most of their elite hitters spent significant time on the injured list anyway so Tim Anderson was the only Silver Slugger nominee that the White Sox had this year. He represents them for shortstops and has a nice chance of winning the award.
Anderson is joined by Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros, Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox, and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays as the other nominees. It is an outstanding group of players that all deserve to win it but it would be nice to see our guy take it home as the only White Sox nominee this year.
Tim made the American League All-Star team for the first time in his career this year. It was a very good year for him as he tries to take another step forward each year. He won the Batting Title in 2019 and it has been all uphill from thereon. If he wins the Silver Slugger here in 2021, it would be the second year in a row.
In 2021, Anderson slashed .309/.338/.469 for an OPS of .806 with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 94 runs scored. It was an outstanding season that is worthy of recognition. He was awesome defensively this season but we all know his bread and butter is his offense. He was outstanding yet again this year.
Tim Anderson is already one of the best Chicago White Sox players that ever lived.
He is truly one of the best players in the league. He had a 4.6 WAR playing for the White Sox this season. They are a different team when he is in the lineup. As the leadoff hitter, he sets the tone for the rest of the group that comes after him. Off the field, he is one of the great leaders that the team has ever had. He should be considered one of the faces of baseball at this point.
It isn’t a lock that he is going to be the winner this year but he does have a good chance. If he does, it will be another great award on his resume. This isn’t the award he wanted for this season but it will have to do for now.
Expect Anderson to come into 2022 ready to go even more. The way they were eliminated from the postseason definitely hurt and nobody will take these things harder than Tim. He wants to win the World Series with the White Sox so bad. Regardless, for now, it is nice to see him get some recognition by the league. Hopefully, he wins the Silver Slugger again.