A few weeks ago, it started to come out that Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox was going to be suspended for one game thanks to an obscene gesture that he made to a Cleveland Guardians fan. He was seen on TV flipping off the crowd and it didn’t go over well with the league.
Tim was supposed to serve the suspension in April but he appealed the ruling. It seemed fairly obvious that the suspension was going to be upheld. He already served a suspension from an incident with an umpire that occurred at the end of 2021.
It just didn’t feel like the type of ban that would get overturned or reduced upon review. After all, you can’t be suspended for less than one game. However, the MLB did the White Sox a solid in a shocking turn of events.
He will no longer be suspended as the penalty will be reduced to just a fine. Anderson will pay it with ease and not be forced to miss any unscheduled time. This is great (yet shocking) news for the Chicago White Sox and their star shortstop.
The Chicago White Sox needs Tim Anderson in the lineup as much as possible.
Anderson is seen as the leader and tone-setter for the White Sox right now. He is one of the team’s best and most important players for a variety of reasons. In games where he is in the lineup, he just sets the tone in a way that nobody else can.
It also helps that he is an All-Star-level player. The White Sox, unless it is a scheduled day off for him, don’t need Anderson missing any time right now. They have enough problems scoring and Anderson helps with that tremendously. He is as professional of a hitter as they have right now.
Tim needs to work on his defense. There is n doubt about it. Teams can’t be given extra outs because of mistakes like this. However, he is so good in pretty much every other area that it almost doesn’t matter. His presence helps the White Sox so much.
To be honest, this was a good movie by MLB. Yes, you shouldn’t be flashing the bird to an entire crowd on National TV. However, fans are brutal to away players in most parks and nothing is done about it. We’ve already seen a few MLB players across the league say stuff about it. Hopefully, Tim can now move on and continue playing great baseball.