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PhilliesNation Interview: Marlon Anderson

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 20, 2011 05:00 PM | Comments: 2
Minor Leagues, News, PN Interview, Posts, Prospecting

A second round draft pick in 1995 out of the University of South Alabama, Marlon Anderson rose quickly through the Phillies developmental system and made his Major League debut on September 8th, 1998, slamming a homerun as a pinch hitter against the Mets’ Mel Rojas.

By the following year, Anderson was the Phillies’ everyday second baseman. The lefty hitting Anderson posted a .266 batting average in 5 seasons with the Phillies.

Following the 2002 season, Anderson became a free agent and began a stretch of his career which saw him play with the Devil Rays, Mets, Dodgers, Cardinals and Nationals all within 4 years.

Anderson finished out his Major League career with the Mets in 2009, but these days he serves as the hitting coach for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, a Washington Nationals affiliate, where he coaches top minor league prospect Bryce Harper among many others.

Last week I spoke with Marlon about his transition into coaching, his approach with players, his time with the Phillies organization as well as plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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  • Posts: 97 Bart Shart

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    Marlon was an interesting player. I found him to be enigmatic as he was unusual in both the field and at bat. Not a good fielder, not a great hitter. His coordination, while good enough to be a professional athlete, was most unusual. His batting stance was odd and his throwing was equally unusual. I cannot imagine him being a hitting coach. He just never seemed to me to be fundamentally solid, despite his success. When he left the Phils, I believe he became a very good utility player. I wish him well in his new role.

     
  • Posts: 351 Jay Floyd

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    I remember that game in ’07 when he was with the Mets, who were leading the division over the Phils, and Marlon slid WAY out of the baseline to try and break up Iguchi from turning 2. That revoked Marlon’s Phillie alum card in many people’s minds.

    However, he’s a very friendly guy and seemed rather attached to his history w/ the Phillies over the other teams he played for.

     
 
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