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Chicago White Sox: 2021 grade for Tim Anderson

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The Chicago White Sox are in a good spot with their superstars. There aren’t many better than shortstop Tim Anderson. Since his breakout 2019 season, he has become one of the best shortstops in all of Major League Baseball. He was even better than we could have thought in 2021 which was truly sensational to watch.

Anderson dealt with a little bit of leg soreness down the stretch of the season which caused him to take it easy going into the playoffs. Before that, however, he was probably the team’s most consistent hitter this year. He didn’t appear on anyone’s MVP ballot which is a bit strange but you can understand the games played issue.

He did make it to his first career All-Star Game this year. He represented the American League All-Stars and Chicago White Sox well as he always does. Hopefully, that is the first but not the last time that he plays in the Summer Classic.

Anderson slashed .309/.338/.806 on the year for an OPS of .806. He also had 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 94 runs scored. He is the perfect leadoff man for the Chicago White Sox with all of the power that comes behind him. He also added 18 stolen bases which is incredibly valuable to a team that doesn’t have much explosiveness on the base pads.

When you talk about Tim’s 2021 season, you have to mention his signature moment. Of course, that is the walk-off home run at the Field of Dreams in August. He showed the baseball watching world that the Whtie Sox are good and exciting on national television. The New York Yankees almost completed a comeback win and Anderson shut the door on that noise.

Tim Anderson is one of the best players on the Chicago White Sox right now.

2021 Final Grade: A+

Anderson is the perfect player for the Chicago White Sox. He is the face of the franchise, one of the best players, and an incredible leader both on and off the field. He gets an A+ for being the best version of himself in 2021. There is nobody that you’d want at the plate in a big moment more than Tim Anderson during the year 2021.

2022 Expectations:

It may seem weird to think about but there is even another level that Anderson can get to. He is good enough to lead this team to a World Series Championship. Expect him to be one of the very best leadoff men and shortstops in the entire league fr 2022. There are big things coming for this team and Anderson is leading the way.

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