Anderson in play

Ozzie Guillen gave Brian Anderson a strong vote of confidence on Tuesday afternoon, but also issued a challenge to the team’s best defensive outfielder. First, your basic roster assurance for Anderson.

“He’s my man. Yes. I hope he can be a starting center fielder,” Guillen said. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it, if it’s going to be a platoon situation. But I think Brian grew up a little bit as a man and as a baseball player, a lot better. And the job he did for us last year was outstanding. He took his role very well.”

 

Now, the challenge

 

“I wish Brian Anderson can come out and be the player people thought he could be,” Guillen said. “That would make it easy for me. Oh God, yes. Every time we make the decision to give Brian the  job since he couldn’t do it, I got three Spring Trainings with a headache on who’s going to be my center fielder.

 

“If Brian Anderson was doing the job he’s supposed to do, I wouldn’t be sitting here, looking for the guy who’s supposed to play center field. He’s going to make it easier for everyone. But this kid, he doesn’t have to be on this club but he should. He’s good enough to do that.”

 

Anderson has developed and matured with each Spring Training, and the late-inning, part-time role he played last year was undervalued. But in talking with him, as recently as this afternoon, he seems as focused as he’s ever been for the start of a season.

 

I’ve said this since 2007, and this is not meant as any sort of shot at Jerry Owens or DeWayne Wise, but I believe Anderson can hit .250 or .260 with 20 to 25 home runs if given a regular to semi-regular chance to play again. This 2009 season could be that chance.

 

 

4 Comments

If Getz or Lillibridge seize the lead off spot, and allow Ozzie to play Anderson’s consistent glove in center, this team could make alot of noise this summer.

Hey Scott, what are the realistic prospects of someone like Getz or even Alexei Ramirez leading off? Obiviously the two front runners for the leadoff spot are either Owens or Lillibridge, but if neither hit that well and are just flat out out played for their respective positions; Ozzie isn’t going to take one simply b/c he needs speed at the top of the lineup right?

Scott tell Andy He deserves, He’s going to be a stud, So ya he deserves it. He was my inspiration last year when I played for high school ball. I played great defense but sucked at hitting. now I can hit so He will too. LOL

BA for Center fielder 09

BA for Center Fielder 09

He was my inspiration for last year. I played great defense, sucked at hitting. I won the job so can he.

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