Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 1995 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Southern Alabama, Marlon Anderson ironically would make his Major League Baseball debut on September 8, 1998 against our beloved New York Mets. The middle infielder would go 1-1, hitting a two-run home run in his first MLB at-bat.
The Mets would eventually get their palms on Anderson in 2005 as the middle infielder signed a one-year pact with the boys in Orange & Blue as a veteran presence and solid left-handed bat coming off of the bench.
In 2005, Marlon Anderson, the Montgomery, Alabama native accrued 260 plate appearances, 235 at-bats in 123 games played. His slash line during his first tenure in Queens looked like .264/.316/.391/.708 while hitting nine doubles and seven home runs. The utility-man also drove in 19 runs while crossing the plate 31 times with runs scored.
A top moment during that 2005 season for the scrappy infielder would come in the form of Anderson hitting a game tying inside-the-park home run against the Anaheim Angels on June 11th. The home run would come off of would be Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Anderson would make his way to the Washington National during the following off-season before he would eventually make his way back to Flushing during the middle of the 2007 campaign after being released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 43 games, Anderson had 69 at bats and slashed .319/.355/.551/.906 with seven doubles, three home runs while driving in 25 RBI’s during his time with the Mets in the 2007 season. However, his 2008 and 2009 seasons didn’t pan out like his previous years with the Orange & Blue.
In 2008, the veteran would make use as a utility man and accrued 138 at bats in 87 games. Anderson would slash .210/.255/.275/.530 with just 10 doubles, 1 home run and RBI’s. In 2009, Anderson saw his last days as a Major Leaguer as he had just four at bats in four games and did not collect hit. He would later get released on April 13th.
In parts of four seasons with the Mets, the utility man hit .253/.301/.377/.678 with 22 doubles and 11 home runs while driving in 54 RBI’s over the span of 446 at bats.
Anderson was widely considered one of the top pinch-hitters in his era by many writers as well as his peers amongst the diamond. His last job served as the Brooklyn Cyclones hitting coach however due to cut backs in the MiLB and COVID, it’s unclear what his role is amongst the organization.
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