Sunday, October 10, 2004

What happened to Allan Anderson?

The funny thing about researching baseball is how easily one can get sidetracked. Today as I was looking to conclude my study on Derek Jeter, I began to wonder what happened to Allan Anderson. For those of you who are not familiar with the Allan Anderson, he was a promising young left-handed pitcher for Minnesota Twins 16 years ago. However, if you blinked you would have missed his entire career.

Allan Anderson was a 2nd round pick for the Twins out of high school in Ohio. Anderson went 16-9 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 1988. This appeared to be the start of a brilliant career as he followed it up with another impressive season in ’89 going 17-10 with a 3.80 ERA. However, his next two seasons were another story as he combined for a 12-29 record with a 4.70 ERA. After six short seasons his career was over.

This led me to wonder what happened to Allan Anderson. I searched the web and tried using baseball library for an explanation. None was given. I know he kicked around a few other farm systems, but never reemerged in big leagues. How could a guy with so much promise have never been given another shot?

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