Tim Anderson ‘won’t change’ style for new manager Tony La Russa
Tim Anderson is one of the most flamboyant players in Major League Baseball, and the Chicago White Sox superstar has no designs on changing his approach with the arrival of the team’s new old-school manager.
Tony La Russa is making an unexpected return to the dugout following a lengthy absence after the ChiSox stunningly zeroed in on the Hall of Famer as the replacement for Rick Renteria.
There is certainly potential for a clash of styles with Anderson leading a White Sox squad that is a fiery, emotional bunch and La Russa, who represents a more traditional, low-key approach to the game.
Anderson, however, has made it clear that La Russa taking over the team will have no impact whatsoever with how he plays.
“I won’t change my style, the way I play, for Tony,” Anderson said, laughing, per ESPN. “That won’t happen. I will continue to be me. I always have and I always will be. We’ll see what happens, I guess, if I do do a bat flip.”
Anderson has indeed become quite well-known for his now-patented bat flips, and the case can be made his post-homer antics are perhaps the most over-the-top in the major leagues.
Tim Anderson.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 27, 2019
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Tim Anderson with an early bat flip of the year nominee! pic.twitter.com/fxEIAWHuHT— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 17, 2019
This Tim Anderson bat flip doesn't deserve to be on the same field as Odrisamer Despaigne pic.twitter.com/5wezfeKGUn— Red Line Radio (@RedLineRadio) June 23, 2019
Tim Anderson with an all-time bat flip pic.twitter.com/8q5dmPfKHf— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) June 23, 2018
La Russa of course has experience with managing big personalities given his time with Ricky Henderson, among others. Still, the narrative exists that he and Anderson may butt heads. The White Sox shortstop spoke to that notion as well this week.
“There’s been a lot of news saying that we might not get along,” Anderson said, chuckling. “Hopefully, we can get along and continue to do what the ultimate goal is — to try to win a championship on the South Side. I’m just ready to pick his brain and learn the knowledge. … Just try to have fun with it, if he allows that.”
No one knows how things will go between the new-school Anderson and old-school La Russa until play gets underway in 2021. Either way, it’s going to be something to watch.