When Tim Anderson entered the professional league in 2016, Adam Eaton served on the White Sox.
He saw him. He plays with him. But he didn’t hear much from him.
Fast forward nearly five years, and Eaton has gotten more voices from Anderson.
“I was with him all day,” Eaton said of Anderson on the first day of his class training at Camelback Ranch. “I heard that he talks outside for two and a half hours more than the time I spent with him for a month or two in 16 years.”
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After four seasons with the Washington Nationals, Eaton returned to the White Sox. The White Sox fired him after the 201
A lot has changed since Eaton left due to his notoriously dysfunctional 2016 campaign. However, one of the most striking changes is the evolution of Anderson from the usually timid rookie to the face of a franchise and the face of baseball.
“It’s great,” Eaton said. “Seeing the TA of ’16…he was really quiet at the time, just trying to find his own person. Now he is an excellent shortstop. He is an incredible player, incredible Guy. Then being able to have a conversation with him. It’s really cool to see him and his personality when he is more open and avant-garde than a rookie.
“Looking at him from the other side, just seeing his progress as a player. His shortstop position and maturity like a bat are really impressive. So I can’t wait to join this team and be able to see it.”
As early as 2016, Eaton was one of the veterans in the White Sox clubhouse, one of the guys who attracted the attention of the night media.
But now, Anderson is doing press conferences every day, which is part of a White Sox leadership team, which focuses on the 2021 World Series, just like the Eaton Nationals two years ago.
Five years ago, Eaton was described as the spark plug of the White Sox series. Now Anderson is driving the bus as an MVP candidate.
Eaton said: “Yes, he will definitely come to my mind when I decide to come back.” “I think he is a representative of the organization, even if not one of the top three representatives, I don’t want to deal with other people. But , He can indeed make the team turn to the club, whether in the club or shortstop on the spot.
“You have a defined shortstop sound in the clubhouse, and a sound in Chicago. You want the solidity of the arena.”
Anyone who has followed Anderson’s evolution throughout his career knows that his personal growth is as important as his growth on the court. From .240 batter to batting champion is one thing. From quiet children to outspoken advocates is another.
Eaton quickly noticed that White Sox benefited from these two aspects.
Of course, one of Anderson’s triumphant jokes in the first media conference on Monday spring does not need to recall everything that has happened since Eaton left office.
And he doesn’t think Eaton-or anyone else-doesn’t need it either.
He said: “I know he is watching.” “Everyone is watching.”
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