Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is a finalist for the 2021 American League Silver Slugger Award, MLB announced Monday.
Anderson slashed .309/.338/.469 with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 106 wRC+ during the 2021 season. Those figures came in 123 games as he spent time on the injured list in early April and during the first two weeks of September due to hamstring ailments.
Following his breakout 2019 season that included an American League batting title, Anderson has maintained consistency at the plate. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native won the Silver Slugger Award in 2020 with a .322/.357/.529 slash line and 10 home runs. The 2021 campaign marked the third consecutive season in which Anderson finished with a batting average above .300.
Often labeled the "emotional leader" of the White Sox, Tim Anderson lived up to that moniker on multiple occasions this season. Baseball fans won't soon forget his walk-off home run at the inaugural Field of Dreams game.
The fiery shortstop also kicked off the White Sox' division-clinching victory in Cleveland with a leadoff home run to set the tone for a 7-2 rout.
However, Anderson has some stiff competition in his quest for back-to-back Silver Slugger Awards. The other American League finalists at shortstop are Carlos Correa (Houston Astros), Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox), and Bo Bichette (Toronto Blue Jays).
MLB will announce the Silver Slugger Award winners on Thursday, November 4.