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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Former Indians pitcher, announcer Brian Anderson (finally) calls it quits

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 7:51 AM

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For a sad but wonderful story with a happy ending, check out Jeff Pearlman’s profile of former Indians pitcher Brian Anderson on ESPN.com. Indians fans know Anderson in a couple of incarnations: as a left-handed pitcher for the Tribe, and as a member of the announcing team for Sportstime Ohio last year. ... Anderson was never an ace, but he had a way of making you admire him, for his courage and apparent love for the game. He tried to come back from two Tommy John surgeries on his left elbow. This spring, he was invited to camp by the Tampa Bay Rays and was looking decent, perhaps good enough make the team. Then the tendon in his left elbow tore once again during a game against the Yankees, probably because the devil was trying to curse the Yankees dugout and accidentally hit Anderson with his curse juice. Anderson is now officially done as a player. But he won’t be returning to Cleveland to work the booth. The Rays invited Anderson to be an assistant pitching coach this season, and pitching coaches don’t have to wear ties or sit next to Matt Underwood. – Vince Grzegorek

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