Dave Anderson (anderda02)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Anderson played 10 seasons in the big leagues, all in the National League. He appeared in the 1988 World Series.

He was born in Louisville, KY and attended the Memphis State University. He and Dan Uggla are, through 2019, the players from Memphis with the most major league at-bats. Dave was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1981 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and scout Carl Loewenstine. He played two seasons in the minors (1981-82) before spending much of 1983 in the bigs. He later spent some time in the minors in 1985 and 1992. In the majors, Dave was not exactly an everyday player, but he appeared frequently. In 1984 he had 374 at-bats, in 1985-88 and 1991 he had over 200 at-bats, and in 1983 and 1989-90 he had over 100 at-bats. Only in his last major league season did he have fewer than 100 at-bats.

Anderson experienced a rough post All-Star break meltdown in 1988. Before the break, he hit .282 with 1 home run and 16 RBI. After the break, he hit .209 with 1 home run and 4 RBI in 140 plate appearances. This explains why Alfredo Griffin started all the Dodgers' postseason games that year, in spite of a sub-.200 batting average. Dave was the decoy on deck hitter in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series when Tommy Lasorda summoned Kirk Gibson for his date with destiny.

Anderson began his coaching and managing career in 1994 as manager of the Jamestown Jammers which was the only Detroit Tigers affiliate to make the playoffs that year. He managed in the Tiger's system until June 2000 when he resigned as skipper of the Toledo Mud Hens so that he could coach at his alma mater. He spent four seasons at the University of Memphis (2001-04), compiling a 104-116 career record.

Anderson returned to the professional ranks in 2005-2006 as the minor league infield coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He joined the Texas Rangers organization in 2007 as manager of the Frisco RoughRiders, followed by one year as the Ranger's minor league field coordinator. He became the third base coach for the Rangers in 2009, staying in the position until 2012. In 2013 he swapped positions with first base coach Gary Pettis. Anderson may be best remembered for a coaching gaffe in April 2011. Coaching third base in a battle with the Tigers, Anderson had slugger Josh Hamilton tag up and attempt to score on an infield pop fly when home plate was briefly uncovered. Victor Martinez's tag resulted in a small fracture of Hamilton's leg, costing him over one month of action. After the game, Josh referred to Anderson's decision as "stupid", later apologizing.

In 2014, he moved to the Baltimore Orioles as a minor league infield instructor. He returned to managing for one season in 2015 when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hired him to manage the AAA Salt Lake Bees, only to be replaced for 2016 by Keith Johnson, after a 58-86 season. Anderson went back to the Orioles in 2016 as their minor league infield coordinator, a position he held through the 2019 season. He was scheduled to manage the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2020 before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the minor league season. Anderson did manage the Shorebirds in 2021.

During his career, Anderson also managed the 1997 Honolulu Sharks in the Hawaii Winter League. Two decades later he managed the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League in 2018.

He is not to be confused with another person of the same name, Dave (S.) Anderson, who played 100 years earlier.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1994 Jamestown Jammers New York-Penn League 42-32 4th Detroit Tigers Lost in 1st round
1995 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 64-69 9th Detroit Tigers
1996 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 61-77 13th Detroit Tigers
1997 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 66-73 8th Detroit Tigers
1998 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 88-54 1st (t) Detroit Tigers Lost League Finals
1999 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 75-66 3rd Detroit Tigers
2000 Toledo Mud Hens International League 26-38 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Glenn Ezell on June 24
2007 Frisco Rough Riders Texas League 85-55 1st Texas Rangers Lost in 1st round
2015 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 58-86 15th(t) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2020 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Season cancelled
2021 Delmarva Shorebirds Low-A East 68-52 4th (t) Baltimore Orioles

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