Tim Anderson selected as cover athlete for ‘RBI Baseball 21’ — 1st White Sox player to be on cover of the video game series

CHICAGO — Tim Anderson grew up playing video games.

“When I couldn’t get outside to play ball or we had bad weather, that was a time to have fun with my friends and live out some fantasies,” Anderson said in a statement

Now, the Chicago White Sox shortstop is on the cover of a game.

Anderson is the cover athlete for “RBI Baseball 21,” Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

“It was always cool to see who was on the cover every year — those were guys I aspired to be,” Anderson said in a statement. “So now to see myself on the cover of ‘RBI 21′ is really part of a dream come true. And I hope that kids will see my picture on the cover and realize they can do this, too. They just have to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and work at it.”

The game is scheduled to be released in March.

Anderson earned a Silver Slugger Award and finished seventh in American League MVP voting in 2020. He ranked second in the AL in batting average (.322), tied for first in runs (45) and was fourth in hits (67).

He led the majors with a .335 average in 2019.

Anderson is the first Sox player to be on the cover of the “RBI Baseball” video game series.

Mookie Betts, Alex Bregman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Francisco Lindor, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Corey Seager and Christian Yelich are some of the players to grace the covers of previous editions.