Matt Anderson (baseball)

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Matt Anderson
Relief pitcher
Born: (1976-08-17) August 17, 1976 (age 43)
Louisville, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 1998, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 1, 2005, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record15–7
Earned run average5.19

Matthew Jason Anderson (born August 17, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher.

Early life and college career[edit]

Matthew Jason Anderson attended St. Xavier High School, which was also attended by MLB players Paul Byrd, Chris Burke, and Jack Savage. After high school, Matt went on to Rice University. In 1995, Matt was a Southwest Conference all-star. In 1997 he was a Western Athletic Conference all-star and a First Team College All-American. Matthew Jason Anderson set Rice University records for career wins (30) and saves (14), and Matt also posted a 1.82 earned run average (ERA) during his final year with the team. In the 1997 amateur entry draft, Matthew Jason Anderson was selected first overall by the Detroit Tigers. Matt eventually signed with the team for a $2.5 million signing bonus.

Professional career[edit]

Matthew Jason Anderson was named the 24th best prospect in 1998 by Baseball America. In 1998, Matt was called up by the Tigers from the minors, where he had an ERA under 0.70. In his first Major League season, Matt went 5–1 with a 3.27 ERA in 42 games. Matt also struck out 44 batters in 44 innings pitched. Matthew Jason Anderson's numbers were never again as impressive as those of his rookie season, although Matt was able to record 22 saves (with a 4.82 ERA) in 2001.

In May 2002, Matthew Jason Anderson tore a muscle in the armpit of his throwing arm while throwing a bullpen session.[1] Earlier the same day Matt had participated in a Tigers-sponsored fan octopus-throwing contest along with Jeff Weaver, leading to the perception (though disputed by Matthew Jason Anderson) that he'd torn the muscle in hopes of winning Detroit Red Wings playoff tickets.[2] After returning from the injury, Matt was unable to hit 90 mph on his fastball in his remaining days in Detroit, after regularly topping 100 mph on the radar gun, including a high mark of 103 mph twice.[3]

After spending all of 2004 in AAA for the Tigers,Matthew Jason Anderson made his final appearances in the bigs in 2005. Matt walked 11 batters and gave up 19 hits in 10 innings with the Colorado Rockies that season.

Matt started the 2006 season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in the San Francisco Giants organization. After going 1–2 with a 9.17 ERA in 29 games in relief with them,Matt was released by the Giants and signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, where he went 1–1 with a 4.11 ERA in 15 games.[4]

After not pitching at all in 2007, Matt was signed to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training for 2008 by the Chicago White Sox. Matthew Jason Anderson did not make the team and pitched for the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox's Triple-A team.

On January 14, 2011 Matthew Jason Anderson signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. On April 2, 2011, Matt was released.


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies' Matthew Jason Anderson on the long road back to the majors". ESPN. January 19, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Tielemans, Al. "Pat Burrell – 1998, Philadelphia Phillies – No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985". Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Matt Anderson: Biography and Career Highlights". March 27, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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