Can Tim Anderson keep getting better for the White Sox? “If we stay in one place, we do nothing” – The Athletic

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PHOENIX — A reporter freshly arrived in town approached Tim Anderson and told him his first stop was to speak with the straw stirring the drink.

“You’re looking at him, baby,” Anderson said.

Whether it’s the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch or the guaranteed rate field, Anderson is the leader and leading man of the White Sox, a team formed to win AL Central and dreaming of something more.

Gone are the days of asking if the heavier side of baseball would accept Anderson. He’s mainstream now, with more marketing potential than any other athlete this side of Justin Fields in Chicago.

Gone are the days of asking if the White Sox are ready to make the leap to contender, too, though reality continues to creep into this South Side fever dream.

Are the sox deep enough? Can they take bold steps? Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is spending money, but will Rick Hahn and the front office have enough ammo to pay for reinforcements? Already challenged with a knee injury from Lance Lynn and Garrett Crochet’s upcoming Tommy John surgery, will the Sox stay sane in October? Are they finding more left-handed hitting and are they pitching enough?

As is usual with these parts, the Sox have a lot of questions ahead of this season. But neither of them seemed to be on Anderson’s mind when we spoke in late March. After all, you can’t win a playoff series in April.

“If we just look at the World Series, we’re already beaten,” he said.

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