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Larry Andersen

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Larry Andersen
Larry Andersen.jpg
Larry Andersen in Philadelphia in August 2010
Pitcher
Born: (1953-05-06) May 6, 1953 (age 66)
Portland, Oregon
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1975, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 31, 1994, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record40–39
Earned run average3.15
Strikeouts758
Teams

Larry Eugene Andersen (born May 6, 1953) is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball and current radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1975 through 1994, Andersen played for the Cleveland Indians (1975, 19771979), Seattle Mariners (19811982), Philadelphia Phillies (19831986, 1993–1994), Houston Astros (19861990), Boston Red Sox (1990), and San Diego Padres (19911992).

Playing and coaching career

Andersen possessed an average fastball and outstanding slider. Andersen has said that he had better command of his slider than his fastball. He gained notoriety for his 1990 trade to the Red Sox straight up for minor league prospect Jeff Bagwell. Andersen played a month in Boston, appearing in 15 games, recording a 1.35 ERA, and helping the Red Sox to a division title.

In a 17-season career, Andersen posted a 40-39 record with 49 saves and a 3.15 ERA in 699 games pitched. His best season was 1987 when he recorded nine wins, 94 strikeouts, and 101​23 innings pitched in 67 games, all career highs. He is the only member of the Phillies to play in both the 1983 World Series and the 1993 World Series (Darren Daulton had been called up, but did not make a game appearance in 1983).

In 1995, Andersen was a player/coach for the Reading Phillies after failing to make the Major League club out of Spring Training. He spent the following two seasons as the pitching coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

Post-season appearances

Broadcasting career

Andersen joined Philadelphia's broadcast team as a color commentator prior to the 1998 season, filling the position left vacant by the death of Richie Ashburn late in the 1997 campaign. Andersen worked on both television and radio from 1998 to 2006 before moving exclusively to radio in 2007. Early in his broadcasting tenure, Andersen occasionally provided television color commentary when the Phillies were featured regionally on Fox Saturday afternoon telecasts. During the 2007 season, he began doing play-by-play work on Phillies radio broadcasts during the fifth and sixth innings, but returned to full-time color commentary in 2008.

During his broadcasting career, Andersen said, "In the seventh inning fans all get up and sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,' and they're already there. It's really a stupid thing to say and I don't know who made 'em sing it. Why would somebody that's there get up and sing take me out to the ball game? The first person to do it must have been a moron."[1] The moron in question was fellow broadcaster Harry Caray.[2]

In 2012, Andersen was ranked #12 on the MLB Network Countdown of the Top 25 personalities in Major League Baseball history.[3]

See also

References

Further reading

  • The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3

External links


Preceded by
Richie Ashburn
Philles Baseball commentator (with Harry Kalas)
1998–2006
Succeeded by
Gary Matthews
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