Tim Anderson Ready To Ruffle Feathers As Needed

"I am always in attack mode," White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson says.

Bruce Levine
February 28, 2020 - 1:40 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson became one of the most refreshing young voices in MLB during his breakout 2019 season.

Full of fire and brimstone, Anderson will take the same style into 2020.

"I am always in attack mode," said Anderson, whose bat flip sparked a benches-clearing incident against the Royals last season. "In between the lines, we are not looking for friends. So I am going out there to punch you right in the mouth. I am going to give you my best game. They are coming after me, so why not go after them? I see the bigger picture of being here to win championships.

"There is a time to meet and greet and shake up, but after that, we at war. We can talk about that after a game, but when we are between the lines, we are trying to knock you out."

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Anderson, 26, pulls no punches in defending his right to have fun and be a brash, exuberant leader of an up-and-coming White Sox team. He has also backed up his words with his play, as he won the American League batting title with a .335 average in 2019, when he added 18 homers, 65 RBIs and an .865 OPS in 123 games.

"We have to have fun along the way," Anderson said. "We come in here every day and grind our butts off. People don't see it. But man, we have to try and enjoy it. Part of growing as teammates are the grind of work you put in together. That's how hopefully you grow something special. We go to war with other teams every day. As a group, we try and win them all

"Life is hard. I just try to wake up and enjoy each day regardless of the little moments that distract us. You know if you have a bad game, remember we play again tomorrow, another series next week, a new season next year. At the end of the day, we are just playing a game. Life is bigger than baseball. My job is to keep everyone loose and have fun."

Beginning his fifth MLB season, Anderson has grown as a player and a person. As a rookie, he was quiet and observant of his new surroundings. Gradually, he became more outspoken with a spirit that's infectious. 

So who is the real Anderson?

"It was different when I came up, there were a lot of older guys on the team," Anderson said. "Now I have a chance to be the veteran of the team and have a voice. There are 25 guys' voices in here. We don't worry about the veteran thing here. We take all the guys for just who they are. You can play, you can play. That has allowed some of the young guys to come up and be comfortable right away."

Anderson believes the sky is the limit for himself and the White Sox.

"I don't think I am anywhere near the kind of player I can be," he said. "I set the bar really high for myself. I want to keep getting better every day. You envision yourself getting better. And when it comes and the confidence is there, nobody can stop you."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.