- December 3, 1952
- 6' 3"
- 190 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-25-1974 with ML4
Journeyman reliever Larry Andersen pitched for six teams over 17 seasons, but is most notable for being part of one of the biggest trades in Houston Astros history. On August 30, 1990, he was traded by the Astros to the Boston Red Sox for first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Andersen had a 1.23 ERA for the Sox that season, helping the team to a division title. However, the Astros ultimately got the better of the deal as Bagwell became a Houston mainstay at first base, hitting over 400 home runs in his career. It is a trade that many Red Sox fans believe typify the Lou Gorman and Jean Yawkey era when the Red Sox were desperately trying to win a title for the Yawkey ownership group.
Andersen holds the record for most innings pitched in a season without getting a decision, at 79 2/3, which he accomplished with the Seattle Mariners in 1982.
After retiring he was a minor league pitching coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Andersen currently works as a radio broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies with Scott Franzke. He has entertained Phillies' fans with his "Shallow Thoughts" segments, which consist of quotes such as:
Why does sour cream have an expiration date? It's already sour.
Why do you park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?
Why do you sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game when you're already there?
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- Larry Anderson