The Chicago White Sox has a lot of good players. Few of them, however, have the impact both on and off the field that Tim Anderson has. He is the face of the franchise in addition to being one of the best players on the team. He is the third most important player on the team going into 2022.
Batting average is a very flawed stat in the year 2022 but it should carry a little bit of weight for a leadoff hitter. It should also be considered notable when your average is as good as Tim Anderson’s most years.
His breakout season came in 2019 when he won the Major League batting title for the first time in his career. Since that incredible year when Anderson (and the White Sox in general) took a huge leap forward, he has become one of the best players in the league.
One of his early career flaws was his defense. He had a rough time playing defensive shortstop at first but he has gotten significantly better. Now, he can make a claim for being one of the five or six best shortstops in the league.
The Chicago White Sox needs Tim Anderson to go off for them in 2022.
It helps that Anderson is a vocal leader. Everybody is always interested in what he has to say which is good because he always has good things to say. That is important for one of the team’s true captains.
Anderson also has the ability to be a tone-setter. When he leads an inning off with a walk or a hit, there is a good chance that he will come around to score. With some of the studs that hit around after him, he is well protected in the batting order.
Tim is also incredibly clutch. You might remember the Field of Dreams game last August. He hit a walk-off home run to give the White Sox a huge win on national television. It was his signature moment up to this point in his career. It wasn’t the only clutch moment of his career but we can only hope that this moment is one of many in a long line of great clutch moments.
If the White Sox are going to be legit World Series contenders in 2022, Tim Anderson is going to have to drive the boat. That is why he is considered the third most important player on the roster right now. The future is bright for Anderson and the team.