Jim Anderson (baseball)
Anderson in 1981
|Born: February 23, 1957|
Los Angeles, California
|July 2, 1978, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1984, for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||86|
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'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.
- Anderson led Texas League shortstops with 93 double plays while playing for the El Paso Diablos in 1977.
- His first major league home run came off Rangers All-Star pitcher Jon Matlack at Arlington Stadium (June 26, 1979)
- Had a pair of four-hit games (three doubles and a single) against the Kansas City Royals (July 1, 1979), and four singles vs. the Oakland Athletics (July 2, 1983)
- Collected 10 three-hit games, the most impressive being a double and two singles, good for five RBI and two runs scored against the Milwaukee Brewers (May 6, 1981)
- Hit a combined average of .338 (24-for-71) against All-Stars pitchers Bert Blyleven, Ron Guidry, Rick Honeycutt, Dave LaRoche, Jon Matlack, Bob Stanley, Dave Stieb, and Steve Stone
- Hit a combined .286 (6-for-21) against Hall of Famers Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry
- 1979 Baseball Register published by The Sporting News