The Chicago White Sox will have a fourth representative at the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. News broke this morning that shortstop Tim Anderson will join the American League roster after Houston Astros position players Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve pulled out. This is Tim Anderson's first All-Star Game appearance.
On the season, Anderson owns a .312/.350/.429 slash line and is on pace for a 4.4 bWAR. He also sports a 115 OPS+ in addition to stolen 14 bases. Though Anderson isn't hitting the ball out of the park as frequently this season, he is consistently getting on base and collecting hits. Among MLB shortstops, Anderson ranks sixth in OBP, fourth in hits (94), sixth in runs (53), and fifth in stolen bases. He has been a model of consistency all year, as has been the case since his breakthrough 2019 season in which he won the American League batting title.
While all White Sox fans wanted to see Tim Anderson in the mid-summer classic, there was perhaps no bigger advocate for his wortiness than White Sox legend Frank Thomas. On the NBC Sports Chicago White Sox pregame and postgame shows, The Big Hurt has not been shy about sharing his thoughts on the subject.
Tim Anderson will join teammates Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodon, and Liam Hendriks in Colorado at Coors Field on July 13. Anderson is the only White Sox position player to make the All-Star team at this time.