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The return (maybe) of Matt Anderson

Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:12 pm
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Matt Anderson was exciting in the way Joel Zumaya was exciting, the way Joba Chamberlain was exciting, the way Aroldis Chapman was exciting.

Matt Anderson threw 100 mph for the Tigers, and for a while, we couldn't get enough of him.

He never had a great year in the big leagues, never had the career to justify having been the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft. But Matt Anderson threw 100 mph.

And now Matt Anderson is trying to come back, six years after he last threw a pitch in the big leagues, eight years after he last saved a game in the majors, nine years after that night when he threw an octopus at Comerica Park and also (probably coincidentally) blew out his once-magic right arm.

The Phillies have signed Anderson to a minor-league contract, and while there's no guarantee at all that we'll see him in the big leagues again, it sure would be interesting if he could make it back.

He's still only 34 years old, and he's throwing well enough for the Phillies to take a flyer on him. The word is that Anderson's fastball has been clocked recently in the mid-90s, which isn't 100, but may well be good enough for a comeback.

Back in the days when he was throwing 100 mph and of interest to everyone, Anderson would entertain writers every spring with his plans for life after baseball. He wanted to run a trucking company, he said one spring. Then he wanted to be a sheriff.

Now he just wants to pitch again, and the Phillies are going to give him a chance.
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Category: MLB
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Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2011 5:21 pm
 

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Mike,
If thats the case we don't need him then. It seems to me it would be hard to come back after all those years anyway. Saying that however doesn't mean the Phils won't bring him up to the bigs. They brought up some real losers put them out there last year and they blew some games the Phils had in hand and ended up losing. Hope if your right they leave him in the minors. Thanks for the insight


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