GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson received a batting title in 2019. Now he’s setting his sights on a Gold Glove.
“I’m not saying I’m going to get it this yr,” Anderson stated. “Not saying subsequent yr. We don’t know when it is going to be however I do know I’ll get one.”
That’s lots to say for the participant who led the majors in errors final season. However Anderson has not been quick on phrases or confidence and says he has the work ethic and willpower to attain that purpose.
“I’m going to do the work that requires,” he stated Saturday.
“My total recreation, I can’t inform you sufficient how good I need to be. How laborious I work. I simply come to the ballpark day-after-day to excellent my craft and I need to be the perfect.”
Anderson personifies the White Sox’ ‘Change the Recreation” slogan by embracing the bat flip and talking quietly however with unwavering confidence and swagger. It’s respectful sufficient, he stated, to maintain him from crossing a line.
“You do it in the suitable approach, sure individuals can’t say sure issues to you should you carry your self in the suitable approach and I really feel like I carry myself in a respectful approach,” he stated. “That’s what the suggestions has been constructive.
“Once I discuss, individuals hear. I’ve lots to say. Persons are in tune after I communicate. Individuals gravitate to what’s actual. That’s simply being trustworthy an open.”
Different quotable bits from Anderson’s first media sitdown of spring coaching:
- “I don’t let no one inside my head. I don’t take heed to noise, I do what makes me pleased however in the suitable approach.”
- “I’m not underneath no contract on who I’m to no one. In order that’s what I grew up doing and be the particular person I’m. I’ve one life and I need to dwell it to the fullest, I don’t need no one to regulate me on what I can do and cant do.
- “All people is aware of what we’re right here to do. We’re right here to win a championship, and we’re right here to take all of it. We’ve an opportunity to do one thing loopy. It’s a playoff lineup. That’s what everyone is speaking about, proper? So why not come clean with it and set the bar excessive, go to the playoffs and win the championship.
Gonzalez making ‘good progress’
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez, signed within the offseason to fill a spot within the beginning rotation, is began from behind in camp due to a sore shoulder however has been throwing and appears to be progressing.
“I instructed them instantly, ‘Pay attention, that is one thing I feel is minor,’ “ Gonzalez stated, speaking to reporters for the primary time this spring.
“I really feel good, I’m already throwing. [Sunday] we begin a little bit longer after which we hit the lengthy toss. It’s good progress. We received it proper earlier than it began progressing a little bit huge longer.”
In 2019, Gonzalez made solely two begins between Might 27 and Aug. three on account of ‘lifeless arm’ and tight shoulder, however helped the Brewers’ cost to the postseason by pitching to a three.50 ERA over 87 1⁄three innings.