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Full Name: Marlon Ordell Anderson Current Team:
Height/Weight: 5'10"/200 Uniform Number:
Birthdate: January 6, 1974 Entry Draft: 2nd round (42nd) in 1995
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama Drafted By: Philadelphia Phillies
Primary Position: 2B,OF College: University of Southern Alabama


Marlon Ordell Anderson is a Major League Baseball infielder who was born on January 16, 1974 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Anderson graduated from Prattville High School in Alabama where he played both baseball and football. Afterwords, he focused on baseball at the University of South Alabama. In 1995, he was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and was a Baseball America first team All-American.


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Anderson was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 1995 amateur draft. In 1998, while playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, he was named the International League Rookie of the Year. On September 8 of the same year, he made his major league debut as a pinch hitter, hitting a home run off Mel Rojas of the New York Mets.

Anderson was the Phillies starting second baseman in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Because neither his offense nor his defense were considered exceptional, Anderson was not offered a contract by the Phillies and signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 2003. In 2004, Anderson signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and filled a niche as a utility infielder. He also became known for his skill at pinch hitting, tying for the National League lead in pinch hits with 17 that year.

In 2005 Anderson signed with the New York Mets, where he served as a pinch hitter. Anderson arguably had the best year of his career, batting over .300 in pinch-hit situations.

On November 18, 2005, Anderson signed a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals. His contract ensures that the only two big leaguers ever to be named Marlon (the other is Marlon Byrd) would be teammates on the 2006 Nationals. On August 31, 2006, Anderson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash and Jhonny Nunez, a pitching prospect.

On September 18, 2006, Anderson was part of a rare occurrence in major league history. In the 9th inning of a game against the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers trailed 9-5. The Dodgers proceeded to hit a major league record-tying four consecutive home runs. Anderson's blast was the fourth, having been preceded by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, and Russell Martin.

In 2007, the Dodgers young prospects, James Loney and Matt Kemp, emerged as important contributors on the Dodgers team, and Anderson's playing time became less and less frequent. On June 29, Anderson was designated for assignment, clearing waivers and becoming a free agent on July 11. The New York Mets signed Anderson to a minor league contract on July 12, and one week later, Anderson was called up to play for the Mets. Anderson, used mostly as a pinch-hitter and bench player, has been extremely effective in that role. On August 29, Anderson was involved in a bizarre game-ending interference call in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in which he slid hard into Tadahido Iguchi and appeared to push Iguchi.

Anderson is married and has two children. He resides in Sugar Land, Texas.


There is some disagreement on what was Marlon Anderson's most productive season. Some believe that it was 2001, when he hit for a .293 average and knocked in 61 runs. However, others believe that it was 2003, when he knocked in 67 runs.

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Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 PHI N 17 43 4 14 1 4 .326 .333 .465 3 0 1 6 0 0 2 0 0
1999 PHI N 129 452 48 114 5 54 .252 .292 .361 26 4 24 61 2 4 13 1 6
2000 PHI N 41 162 10 37 1 15 .228 .282 .309 8 1 12 22 0 0 2 0 5
2001 PHI N 147 522 69 153 11 61 .293 .337 .421 30 2 35 74 2 10 8 5 12
2002 PHI N 145 539 64 139 8 48 .258 .315 .380 30 6 42 71 5 2 5 14 16
2003 TBD A 145 482 59 130 6 67 .270 .328 .376 27 3 41 60 3 4 19 5 6
2004 STL N 113 253 31 60 8 28 .237 .269 .379 12 0 12 38 1 0 6 1 5
2005 NYM N 123 235 31 62 7 19 .264 .316 .391 9 0 18 45 1 4 6 0 2
2006 WSN N 109 215 31 59 5 23 .274 .331 .423 13 2 18 41 1 3 2 1 1
2006 LAD N 25 64 12 24 7 15 .375 .431 .813 3 2 7 8 0 1 2 0 3
2006 Total N 134 279 43 83 12 38 .297 .354 .513 16 4 25 49 1 4 4 1 4
2007 LAD N 23 26 3 6 0 2 .231 .310 .231 0 0 8 17 0 0 1 0 0
2007 NYM N 43 69 14 22 3 25 .319 .355 .551 7 0 5 12 0 1 3 1 2
2007 Total N 66 95 17 28 3 27 .295 .343 .463 7 0 8 17 0 1 4 1 2
2008 NYM N 87 138 16 29 1 10 .210 .255 .275 6 0 8 17 0 2 2 0 2
2009 NYM N 4 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 1006 2722 333 719 57 304 .264 .311 .393 147 17 186 411 12 27 52 23 54
Total AL 145 482 59 130 6 67 .270 .328 .376 27 3 41 60 3 4 19 5 6
Total 1151 3204 392 849 63 371 .265 .314 .391 174 20 227 451 15 31 71 28 60

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 PHI N 2B 9 9 79.2 14 30 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1999 PHI N 2B 121 121 925.2 234 284 11 59 0 0 0 0 0 .979
2000 PHI N 2B 41 41 362.1 87 100 2 32 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2001 PHI N 2B 140 138 1210.2 270 387 12 86 0 0 0 0 0 .982
2002 PHI N 2B 143 140 1198.2 271 382 20 89 0 0 0 0 0 .970
2003 TBD A 2B 134 117 1060.1 194 350 15 91 0 0 0 0 0 .973
2003 TBD A LF 3 3 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 TBD A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 TBD A OF 3 3 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 STL N OF 36 25 197.2 44 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .939
2004 STL N 1B 2 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 STL N LF 28 21 165 36 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2004 STL N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 STL N 2B 37 24 224 55 70 4 20 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2004 STL N RF 11 4 32.2 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .800
2005 NYM N 1B 23 16 155.1 173 16 2 18 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2005 NYM N LF 9 4 45 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 NYM N 2B 20 16 141.1 35 47 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2005 NYM N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 NYM N OF 23 13 118 22 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 NYM N RF 14 9 73 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 WSN N OF 17 13 110 30 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .914
2006 WSN N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 WSN N RF 10 8 69 14 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .882
2006 WSN N 1B 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 WSN N 2B 32 26 231.1 51 71 5 13 0 0 0 0 0 .961
2006 WSN N CF 7 5 41 16 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2006 LAD N LF 15 14 116 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .950
2006 LAD N 2B 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 LAD N OF 15 15 123 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2006 LAD N RF 1 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 Total N RF 11 9 76 16 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .895
2006 Total N 2B 33 26 233.1 51 72 5 13 0 0 0 0 0 .961
2006 Total N OF 32 28 233 51 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .930
2007 LAD N DH 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 LAD N 1B 2 1 8 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .909
2007 LAD N 2B 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 NYM N OF 16 10 90.1 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NYM N LF 12 6 60.1 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NYM N RF 1 1 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NYM N 1B 1 1 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 Total N 1B 3 2 15 16 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2008 NYM N LF 25 20 165.2 45 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .958
2008 NYM N 1B 6 3 26 22 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 NYM N 2B 1 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 NYM N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 2B 680 632 5442 1213 1724 71 406 0 0 0 0 0 .976
Total OF 135 99 831.2 190 9 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 .956
Total LF 92 68 579 129 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .971
Total RF 37 23 189.2 39 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .915
Total 1B 36 21 205.1 216 21 3 23 0 0 0 0 0 .988
Total DH 14 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total CF 7 5 41 16 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944

Transactions

  • Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1995 - signed June 3, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (December 21, 2002).
  • Signed by Tampa Bay Devil Rays (January 16, 2003).
  • Granted free agency (December 20, 2003).
  • Signed by St. Louis Cardinals (January 9, 2004).
  • Released by St. Louis Cardinals (November 24, 2004).
  • Signed by New York Mets (January 7, 2005).
  • Granted free agency (October 27, 2005).
  • Signed by Washington Nationals (November 21, 2005).
  • Traded by Washington Nationals to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Jhonny Nunez (August 31, 2006).
  • Released by the Los Angeles Dodgers (July 11, 2007).
  • Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets (July 12, 2007).
  • Granted Free Agency (October 29, 2007).
  • Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets (November 6, 2007).

Trivia

  • On September 18, 2006 with the Dodgers playing the San Diego Padres for first place in the National League West with only two weeks left in the regular season, Anderson went five for five, including two home runs. His second home run that night was the last of a record tying four consecutive home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, following home runs hit by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, and Russell Martin. Anderson's home run tied the score at 9-9 after the Dodgers trailed 9-5 to begin the inning. The Dodgers would eventually win the game on a walk-off home run by Nomar Garciaparra, and would tie San Diego for the N.L. West title.


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