There’s a new dynamic duo in town. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada don’t have the championship pedigree Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen built during their six championship seasons with the dynastic Bulls. But the White Sox middle infield of the future is already preparing for the day when the South Side rebuild yields a perennial contender. “We’re going to try to bring back like how Pippen and Jordan were in Chicago,” Anderson said during last month’s SoxFest at the Hilton Chicago. “That’s the swag we’re going to go about things with this year.” White Sox fans got a taste of what the future might bring last season, when Moncada was called up to the big leagues and teamed with Anderson in the middle of the infield. But both players dealt with their struggles. Moncada slashed .100/.280/.250 in his first 13 games and still had a batting average under .200 midway through September. Anderson’s struggles were well chronicled, as he spent the season dealing with the death of his best friend. As he dealt with the emotional effects, his numbers took a big dip from what they were during his rookie season in 2016. Last season, he slashed .257/.276/.402. His power numbers were up as he played in many more games — 17 homers and 56 RBIs — but he also led all of baseball in errors. This offseason's solution? For Anderson, it was stepping away from the game and spending time with his family.
Chicago sports' new dynamic duo?
NBC Sports Chicago | Feb 6