Player Profile: Lars Anderson
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Ten years, and it might be over for Lars Anderson. If it is truly the end of his career, he went out in an interesting fashion.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Anderson, normally a first baseman, concluded the 2016 season with the Tulsa Drillers on the mound. He labored through the ninth inning against the Springfield Cardinals — who were already winning by a landslide and were just tuning up for the Texas League playoffs — and saluted the fans on his way to the dugout one last time as he’s showered in cheers.
Anderson never said publicly that his playing career is over. A tempting offer could most likely extend it. Anderson is currently running a new baseball bat company alongside partners Gary and Mark Malec called Birdman Bats, LLC.
Anderson, 29, has played in 1,144 games in 10 pro seasons that included two seasons in Tulsa. He lead the Drillers in homers and RBIs in 2015 but finished the 2016 season batting .271 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 88 games.
His possible last season as a player was former Cleveland Indians first baseman Ryan Garko’s first season as a manager, and he certainly appreciated Anderson’s performance and veteran leadership.
“We were so young and he provided a pretty steady hand in the clubhouse,” Garko said. “He gave a good example and showed what a good teammate is and showed how to conduct a professional at-bat, and have a professional work ethic.
“He kept a good attitude through all of it,” he said, “and he produced and had a really good year, too. This was where the roster fit was, and he did a great job with it.”
Anderson was drafted in 2006 by the Boston Red Sox and given a $825,000 signing bonus. He received his first call-up in 2010 back when he was in the Boston Red Sox organization playing for Triple-A Pawtucket.
“I was elated but I wasn’t shocked,” Anderson said. “It didn’t come out of nowhere. I had to pack all my stuff that night. I had so much adrenaline that I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to sleep tonight.’ I packed my whole life up and drove to Boston and into the team hotel to try to get some sleep that night.”
It was one thing for someone to just make their MLB debut, his first game was on the fabled grounds of Fenway Park.
“It’s so green, man,” Anderson said. “Everything is green. The seats are so green. It’s a really nice contrast. It’s an old field. Fields don’t look like that anymore, with the big pillars and the seats are all turned crooked. It’s just a unique thing. The clubhouse seems like it was carved out of a tomb or something. You know they had to work with the stadium to make space.”
Anderson played a total of 30 games for the Red Sox from 2010-12 and the rest was history.