Tim Anderson was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. His teammates and coaches described him as a quiet yet confident rookie who always kept a level head, whether good times or bad.
At that time, the White Sox didn’t know what type of player Anderson could be. All they knew was that he was an incredible athlete who had the potential to be a solid player. Fast forward to 2021 and Tim is currently one of the best shortstops in the game. He has even turned into an outspoken teammate and leader.
Over the last couple of years, he has shown leadership and his play on the field has grown so much since entering the league. You may remember the time when he famously said at the beginning of the 2019 season, “Ride with us or get run over,”. That would set in motion the swagger in this team and the confidence they now play with today.
Over this past season, he claimed that the White Sox are the best team in the American League. These are all crucial things that have helped this team gain confidence in itself so that they can go out on the field on a nightly basis and be the best.
However, don’t just take his word for it. Tim Anderson’s play on the field backs his words up and it’s not just lip service with him. Last season, Anderson posted an average of .309 and had 61 RBIs. His career numbers so far are an average of .286, 91HR, and 288 RBIs. Also, the White Sox had the best record in the AL Central this season at 93-69.
Tim Anderson’s leadership helps the Chicago White Sox both on and off the field.
Since then, the White Sox has raved about Tim Anderson’s leadership skills outside of baseball, launching a community outreach program with a partnership with Youth Guidance called Anderson’s League of Leaders in 2017.
Tim Anderson has always felt it was important to establish himself in the community, be a leader to younger KIds in the inner cities, and set a good example for them by always preaching the importance of self-growth and success.