Biographical

Portrait of Marlon Anderson

Marlon Anderson 2BPhillies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 3508 .265 .314 .391 .249 6.1
Birth Date1-6-1974
Height5' 10"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 PHI 24 17 45 43 4 14 3 0 1 20 1 6 0 1 0 4 2 0 .326 .333 .465 .267 0.4 0.0 0.0
1999 PHI 25 129 484 452 48 114 26 4 5 163 24 61 2 2 4 54 13 2 .252 .292 .361 .224 -5.5 -1.4 -0.7
2000 PHI 26 41 174 162 10 37 8 1 1 50 12 22 0 0 0 15 2 2 .228 .282 .309 .207 -8.1 -0.4 -0.8
2001 PHI 27 147 574 522 69 153 30 2 11 220 35 74 2 5 10 61 8 5 .293 .337 .421 .274 28.9 15.4 4.4
2002 PHI 28 145 592 539 64 139 30 6 8 205 42 71 5 4 2 48 5 1 .258 .315 .380 .242 4.3 -4.5 -0.0
2003 TBA 29 145 535 482 59 130 27 3 6 181 41 60 3 5 4 67 19 3 .270 .328 .376 .247 10.6 -0.9 1.0
2004 SLN 30 113 271 253 31 60 12 0 8 96 12 38 1 5 0 28 6 2 .237 .269 .379 .229 -2.5 -0.9 -0.3
2005 NYN 31 123 260 235 31 62 9 0 7 92 18 45 1 2 4 19 6 1 .264 .316 .391 .257 5.9 0.5 0.7
2006 LAN 32 25 73 64 12 24 3 2 7 52 7 8 0 1 1 15 2 2 .375 .431 .812 .386 10.1 -0.6 0.9
2006 WAS 32 109 239 215 31 59 13 2 5 91 18 41 1 2 3 23 2 4 .274 .331 .423 .270 7.8 -1.2 0.6
2007 LAN 33 23 29 26 3 6 0 0 0 6 3 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 .231 .310 .231 .206 -0.8 -0.0 -0.1
2007 NYN 33 43 77 69 14 22 7 0 3 38 5 12 0 2 1 25 3 1 .319 .355 .551 .319 6.6 0.2 0.7
2008 NYN 34 87 151 138 16 29 6 0 1 38 9 27 0 2 2 10 2 1 .210 .255 .275 .209 -3.3 1.5 -0.2
2009 NYN 35 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .013 -0.9 0.0 -0.1
Career115135083204392849174206312522274711531313717124.265.314.391.24953.67.56.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 BAT A- 74 337 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLR A+ 60 277 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 REA AA 75 345 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 REA AA 0 605 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PHI MLB 17 45 .267 .264 .329 .402 .255 .351 99 0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
1998 SWB AAA 0 610 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 PHI MLB 129 484 .224 .272 .340 .436 .261 .281 98 -20.6 13.1 -0.7 -1.4 0.6 -5.5 -0.7 -5.5 -0.7
2000 PHI MLB 41 174 .207 .262 .337 .429 .257 .259 98 -11 4.8 -0.3 -0.4 -0.7 -8.1 -0.8 -8.1 -0.8
2000 SWB AAA 0 441 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 147 574 .274 .261 .325 .421 .258 .321 93 8.9 15.5 -0.8 15.4 1.7 28.9 4.4 28.9 4.4
2002 PHI MLB 145 592 .242 .255 .324 .404 .256 .282 95 -11.6 15.1 -0.8 -4.5 1.2 4.3 -0.0 4.3 -0.0
2003 TBA MLB 145 535 .247 .262 .326 .415 .257 .295 98 -7.6 14.6 -1 -0.9 3.7 10.6 1.0 10.6 1.0
2004 SLN MLB 113 271 .229 .262 .325 .425 .260 .245 94 -9.2 8.1 -1 -0.9 -0.6 -2.5 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2005 NYN MLB 123 260 .257 .260 .322 .412 .257 .297 95 -0.8 7.5 -2 0.5 0.3 5.9 0.7 5.9 0.7
2006 LAN MLB 25 73 .386 .263 .331 .425 .260 .340 98 10.3 2.2 -0.5 -0.6 -1.3 10.1 0.9 10.1 0.9
2006 WAS MLB 109 239 .270 .264 .333 .424 .263 .316 90 2.6 7.2 -0.7 -1.2 0.6 7.8 0.6 7.8 0.6
2007 LAN MLB 23 29 .206 .261 .328 .418 .257 .286 96 -1.7 0.9 -0.2 -0.0 0.3 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2007 NYN MLB 43 77 .319 .251 .322 .387 .250 .339 99 5 2.3 -0.3 0.2 0.3 6.6 0.7 6.6 0.7
2007 LVG AAA 11 38 .307 .276 .347 .430 .268 .261 103 1.9 1.1 -0.4 -0.7 -0.2 2.1 0.1 2.1 0.1
2007 NWO AAA 6 26 .199 .252 .322 .397 .241 .235 91 -1.8 0.8 -0.1 0.2 0.5 -0.7 -0.0 -0.7 -0.0
2008 NYN MLB 87 151 .209 .263 .337 .410 .264 .250 96 -8.3 4.4 -0.8 1.5 2.0 -3.3 -0.2 -3.3 -0.2
2008 SLU A+ 4 14 .245 .227 .298 .300 .232 .300 92 -0.2 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.3 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2009 NYN MLB 4 4 .013 .231 .299 .400 .246 .000 97 -1.1 0.1 0 0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 BAT A- 337 52 92 13 4 3 40 15 20 22 8 .295 .333 .391 .096 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 REA AA 345 38 86 14 3 3 28 26 44 17 9 .274 .328 .366 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLR A+ 277 37 70 10 3 2 22 14 18 26 1 .272 .310 .358 .086 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 REA AA 605 88 147 18 6 10 62 42 77 27 15 .266 .329 .374 .108 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PHI MLB 45 4 14 3 0 1 4 1 6 2 0 .326 .333 .465 .140 .267 0.4 0.0 0.0
1998 SWB AAA 610 104 176 32 14 16 86 28 77 24 12 .306 .346 .494 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 PHI MLB 484 48 114 26 4 5 54 24 61 13 2 .252 .292 .361 .108 .224 -5.5 -1.4 -0.7
2000 PHI MLB 174 10 37 8 1 1 15 12 22 2 2 .228 .282 .309 .080 .207 -8.1 -0.4 -0.8
2000 SWB AAA 441 57 121 18 8 8 53 39 43 24 10 .305 .374 .451 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 574 69 153 30 2 11 61 35 74 8 5 .293 .337 .421 .128 .274 28.9 15.4 4.4
2002 PHI MLB 592 64 139 30 6 8 48 42 71 5 1 .258 .315 .380 .122 .242 4.3 -4.5 -0.0
2003 TBA MLB 535 59 130 27 3 6 67 41 60 19 3 .270 .328 .376 .106 .247 10.6 -0.9 1.0
2004 SLN MLB 271 31 60 12 0 8 28 12 38 6 2 .237 .269 .379 .142 .229 -2.5 -0.9 -0.3
2005 NYN MLB 260 31 62 9 0 7 19 18 45 6 1 .264 .316 .391 .128 .257 5.9 0.5 0.7
2006 LAN MLB 73 12 24 3 2 7 15 7 8 2 2 .375 .431 .812 .438 .386 10.1 -0.6 0.9
2006 WAS MLB 239 31 59 13 2 5 23 18 41 2 4 .274 .331 .423 .149 .270 7.8 -1.2 0.6
2007 NYN MLB 77 14 22 7 0 3 25 5 12 3 1 .319 .355 .551 .232 .319 6.6 0.2 0.7
2007 LAN MLB 29 3 6 0 0 0 2 3 5 1 0 .231 .310 .231 .000 .206 -0.8 -0.0 -0.1
2007 LVG AAA 38 6 7 2 1 1 11 7 5 2 0 .241 .405 .483 .241 .307 2.1 -0.7 0.1
2007 NWO AAA 26 1 4 1 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .174 .269 .217 .043 .199 -0.7 0.2 -0.0
2008 NYN MLB 151 16 29 6 0 1 10 9 27 2 1 .210 .255 .275 .065 .209 -3.3 1.5 -0.2
2008 SLU A+ 14 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .000 .245 -0.8 0.1 -0.1
2009 NYN MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .013 -0.9 0.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 565 0.4814 0.5115 0.8131 0.6507 0.3823 0.8814 0.7054 0.1869
2009 10 0.4000 0.4000 0.5000 0.5000 0.3333 1.0000 0.0000 0.5000
Career5750.480.50960.80770.64810.38140.88350.69310.1923

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-08-02 2008-09-01 15-DL 30 28 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-05-24 2008-06-10 15-DL 17 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-03-02 2008-03-08 Camp 6 0 Chest Contusion Sternum After Collision with Player -
2007-05-06 2007-06-18 15-DL 43 39 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips and Scar Tissue 2007-05-11
2006-10-10 2006-10-10 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2006-10-10
2006-07-04 2006-07-05 DTD 1 1 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2006-05-05 2006-05-05 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion HBP -
2006-03-18 2006-03-23 Camp 5 0 Left Fingers Laceration Cut Index Finger Slicing Grapefruit -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 NYN $1,150,000
2008 NYN $1,050,000
2007 NYN $925,000
2007 LAN $925,000
2006 WAS, LAN $925,000
2004 SLN $600,000
2003 TBA $600,000
2002 PHI $400,000
2001 PHI $280,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$6,855,000
8 yrTotal$6,855,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 76 d2 yr/$2.2M (08-09)

Details
  • released 4/09 designated for assignment 4/11/09 re-signed as a free agent 11/6/07, 2 year/$2.2M (08-09), 08:$1.05M, 09:$1.15M
  • contract purchased 7/18/07
  • signed as a free agent from LAD 7/12/07 (minor-league contract)
  • released 7/11/07
  • designated for assignment 6/29/07
  • acquired in trade from WAS 8/06 signed as a free agent from NYM 11/05, 2 year/$1.85M (06-07), 06:$0.925M, 07:$0.925M
  • signed as a free agent from STL 12/04 (minor-league contract) signed as a free agent from TB 1/04, 1 year/$0.6M (04)
  • non-tendered (TB) 12/03
  • signed as a free agent from PHI 1/03, 1 year/$0.6M (03)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Marlon Anderson was released by the Mets in April, and nobody else came-a-calling.
2009 The Minaya Mets have displayed a seeming inability to learn from past mistakes. After the 2005 season, they signed then 47-year-old Julio Franco to a two-year, $2.2 million contract to serve as pinch-hitter; Franco's performance dropped off in 2006 and bottomed out in '07, leading the Mets to cut him mid-season and eat the remaining money. Two years later, when Marlon Anderson hit .319 in 69 at-bats after getting picked off the scrap-heap mid-season, Minaya gave the soon-to-be 34-year-old the exact same contract. Handing out multi-year deals to aging bench players is indefensible, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Mets once again swallowing cash this season to free up the roster spot wasted on their latest veteran pinch-hitter.
2008 Picked off the scrap heap at midseason after the Dodgers released him, Anderson was brought on to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. As he did for the Dodgers in September 2006, he shined in that role, delivering key hit after key hit and serving as one of the few bright spots for the Mets in the second half. Signed to a cheap two-year deal after the season, there's no reason for him not to be the next incarnation of ex-Met Lenny Harris, but with enough pop to be useful. If only you could bottle the quality that allows a poor starter like Anderson or Daryle Ward to become a superior bench player.
2007 When the Dodgers traded for Anderson on August 31, they were simply adding depth, and hoping they`d added a solid pinch-hitter who could spot in both the infield and the outfield. Surprisingly, Anderson quickly won favor with Grady Little and soon edged out a slumping Andre Ethier for the starting job in left, whereupon he went on a rampage. He homered seven times in just 64 at-bats, including twice in the September 18 four-consecutive-homer epic. All told, his impact on the NL West race guarantees a permanent spot in both Dodger lore and the annals of great deadline pickups. That said, Little should avoid becoming too enamored of his services (which the Dodgers retained for $925,000); there`s no earthly reason to crowd Ethier out of the lineup on a regular basis. Anderson`s a fantastic pinch-hitter (.291/.358/.437 in 206 career AB) whose profile complements Olmedo Saenz in that he`s a lefty who can play beyond the corner infield spots.
2006 An as-advertised season, because his line of .264/.316/.391 nearly matched his .264/.311/.381 career rates coming into the year. Too bad this isn`t NHRA Super Stock, because that`s quite a dial under. A new baseball maxim: If you can`t be great, be good, and if you can`t be good, be versatile. Like the godfather of scrubby pinch-hitter types, Lenny Harris, Anderson is someone a team should invite to camp rather than sign to a guaranteed two-year contract six months before the season begins, but that`s just what that wacky Jim Bowden did in Washington.
2005 Here we have the "unskilled worker" of the '04 Cardinals. Anderson didn't hit and didn't field any of his various and sundry defensive positions particularly well. That Tony LaRussa viewed him as his best DH option in the World Series is a joke that's not particularly funny. Clue: When your DH is batting ninth, it's a sign you've tabbed the wrong guy.
2003 Andersonís 2001 season now looks like a career year instead of a breakthrough year. His lousy on-base percentage makes him a hole in the lineup, and while his softball shortfielder approach to second-base defense is novel, itís not that effective. After signing David Bell, the Phillies moved Placido Polanco to second so Andersonís days were numbered. Like a lot of people on the lam and looking to catch a break, heíll be playing in major league baseballís equivant of Indy ball in Tampa Bay. He might take Brent Abernathyís job.
2002 Anderson didnít belong in the majors in í99, and his exile to Triple-A for most of 2000 seems to have helped. He tightened his pitch selection slightly and added strength, resulting in a season that didnít give the Phillies another black hole in their lineup. On the other hand, Anderson was below average with the stick for a second baseman and rarely walks, making him someone the Phils should look to upgrade for 2002.
2001 He was banished to Scranton at the start of last season, but the stated reasons were the wrong ones. Marlon Anderson's defense was blamed for his demotion, since he sometimes booted routine plays. However, the real problem was that he could not lay off pitches low and away, a weakness he has yet to address. Anderson is Pokey Reese without the speed and defense.
2000 Despite the hype, Anderson has never been that great a prospect. His on-base percentage has always been low, so it wasnít surprising when major-league pitchers discovered that he couldnít lay off pitches low and away. His strong finish means heíll go into the season as the Philliesí second baseman.
1999 Had a nice little season after years of totally unwarranted hype. Of course, he drew only 28 walks in over 600 plate appearances, so the hype still exceeds the reality. He'll start the year as the Phils' second baseman and spend the next several years as one of the game's more overrated players.
1998 The only Phillie position player in Arizona this winter, Anderson is a tough player to pigeonhole. He got himself in trouble last year with some comments about the Phillies and their history with black players, then declared in the spring that he wanted to be the man to turn that around. He labels himself the smartest player on the fieldóand he did start a triple play by fooling the umpires on an intentionally dropped line driveóbut he loves all the aggressive but dumb things like sacrifices. Now we have to see if 1996 is the real Anderson, or the similar 1995 and 1997. The first one is a fair prospect, the latter no prospect.
1997 Heís a speedy second baseman who puts the ball in play: no strikeouts or walks for him. Heís good in the field and at stealing a base, but his hitting is awfully light.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)As long as you're talking about Philly players & the media, what happened to Rolen when he was there? He seems like a great guy but it seemed that the Phillies & the Cardinals both couldn't wait to get rid of him. Is he too thoughtful and intelligent? Bowa was kind of a knuckle scraper so I understand that one, but isn't LaRussa intelligent?
(Wendy from Chicago)
Rolen's situation in Philly was similar to Schilling's -- he wanted to win and did not see the Phillies front office or ownership doing anything to indicate that winning seasons were around the corner. I mean, their rotations were headed by Robert Person and Omar Daal, and a right side of the infield of Travis Lee and Marlon Anderson doesn't strike fear into opponents. In actuality, Rolen's departure signaled a turning point for the Phillies, who went out and signed Thome and traded for Millwood, while coming close to signing Glavine in an attempt to take the next step. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat and your great articles, Eric. What do you see the Angels doing this winter? Assuming they don't trade for Halladay, I'm guessing that they let Lackey and Figgins walk, pick up a high upside, high risk starter like Harden and a flawed (but reasonably priced) bat like Thome who could bat in the middle of the order, with Abreu as the new leadoff hitter. Arte Moreno has said they have about $12-13 million to improve the club. What should do they do?
(Dennis from LA)
Thanks for the compliment. I really feel like the Angels land Halladay. Not sure why but with most signs last year pointing towards the Phillies and right now towards the Red Sox or Yankees, I feel like the Angels are going to swoop in "out of nowhere" and pry him loose. Then maybe they trade for Pat Burrell, bring Doug Glanville out of retirement, and get Marlon Anderson to recreate the early 2000s Phillies with Abreu. (Eric Seidman)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets need a good 5th starter. How about El Duque, Mike Pelfrey, Ruben Gotay, Marlon Anderson and Aaron Heilman for Ian Snell?
(Jay from Flushing)
That plus a ton of Famous Amos hot dogs still doesn't get you Snell, I suspect. Remember, it isn't Littlefield who's picking up the phone any more. (Christina Kahrl)


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