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2002/05/16

My brother John sent me an e-mail after Tuesday’s come-from-behind win. Included in his commentary was the following:

>> if they don’t release anderson soon, i’m going to flip out. hitting .174 as of tonight, he’s lost it. 

Going back to the beginning of last season, Brady Anderson has posted this line:

G AB R H TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
159 500 54 99 147 50 76 98 16 4 .198 .314 .294 .608

Why is Brady Anderson still wearing a major-league uni? He had the lowest OPS of 157 major-league regulars in 2001, lower than even Rey Ordonez, Rey Sanchez and the once-great Cal Ripken. He has hit equally poorly against lefties and righties, at home and on the road, in any month you choose, in a boat or with a goat. At his best, his defense could only be described as average. The only skills he still performs at a major-league level are taking a walk and stealing a base. Those skills alone are not adding much to the Tribe’s bottom line.

Mark Shapiro took a flyer on Anderson, hoping an off-season of recovery might restore some of Brady’s skills. But at 38, it no longer appears that Anderson has anything left to offer this Indians team.

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