Tim Anderson is going to play in the World Baseball Classic
There is some good news surrounding the Chicago White Sox right now in addition to all of the bad news that has clouded them this year. Tim Anderson is going to play for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. It is going to be amazing seeing the White Sox represented there.
Anderson is going to represent his country in this tournament which promises to be extremely fun for all fans of the game. It doesn’t happen often and it seems that the star players are extremely interested in participating this time around which isn’t always the case.
Anderson will play with guys on Team USA like J.T. Realmuto, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Peter Alonso, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Bryce Harper amongst others. It is a star-studded group that should be able to play amazingly together.
The White Sox shortstop is currently out of the lineup right now because he is recovering from surgery on his hand. There is a chance that he returns this season but nothing is guaranteed at this point. It might all depend on how the White Sox do.
The Chicago White Sox will see Tim Anderson in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
He was an American League All-Star this year. He was the starting shortstop in his second straight appearance in the mid-summer classic. In 2022 so far, he has a slash line of .301/.339/.395 for an OPS of .734. He has 6 home runs, 25 RBIs, 50 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases.
Those are the numbers of a true leadoff hitter but his power numbers are down a little bit compared to some other years. However, the power numbers are down for almost everyone on the White Sox this season. Their approach as a team might have something to do with it.
It is good that Anderson is going for a couple of reasons. For one, it is going to be some great high-leverage experience for him as an individual player. He needs that nice his own club never really makes deep playoff runs.
It will also be good because the White Sox will have some exposure. One of the best players on the United States squad comes from the south side of Chicago. He will play a massive role on this team and it is going to be a lot of fun to watch.