Jim Anderson (baseball)

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Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson - Seattle Mariners - 1981.jpg
Anderson in 1981
Born: (1957-02-23) February 23, 1957 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 2, 1978, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1984, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.218
Home runs13
Runs batted in86

James Lea Anderson (born February 23, 1957 in Los Angeles) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly as a shortstop for three different teams in parts of six seasons spanning 1978–1984. Listed at 6'0", 170 lb. he batted and threw right handed.

Anderson was selected by the California Angels in the second round of the 1975 MLB draft. He debuted with the Angels in 1978, playing for them two years before joining the Seattle Mariners (1980–1981) and the Texas Rangers (1983–1984).

Anderson made his first major league appearance on July 2, 1978 at Anaheim Stadium, and he went 1-for-3 with a walk against Rangers pitchers Dock Ellis and Steve Comer, as the Angels won 4-3.

His most productive season came with the Mariners in 1980, when he posted career-highs in games played (116), starts (84), plate appearances (345), hits (72), home runs (8), RBI (30), and runs (46).

Anderson's career totals include 419 games played, a .218 batting average (211-for-970), 13 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and an on-base percentage of .280. A true utility man, he also made appearances at third base, second base, catcher and the corner outfield.

In between, Anderson played winter ball with the Leones del Caracas, Navegantes del Magallanes and Tiburones de La Guaira clubs of the Venezuelan League during the 1978–1983 seasons.



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