Anderson was touted as a Rookie of the Year candidate before the 1999 season began, but his .292 on-base percentage (the lowest of any regular second baseman in the National League) and shoddy defensive play in spring training the following year forced the Phillies to rethink their plans at second base. He played just 41 games for the club in 2000, spending most of the season languishing in the minors until Mickey Morandini was traded to Toronto in early August. (JGR)
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 8, 1998:
Phillies rookie Marlon Anderson hits a pinch home run in his 1st major league at bat to become the 14th player in history to do so. The Phils and Mets combined for nine homers—Philadelphia has a team-record 7—in the 16-4 Phils win. Four different players homer twice—Jermaine Allensworth for New York and Rico Brogna, Kevin Sefcik, and Bobby Estalella for the Phils.
»July 3, 1999: The Phillies defeat the Cubs, 21-8, scoring eight runs in the 1st inning and seven more with two outs in the 4th. 2B Marlon Anderson gets five hits for Philadelphia, including a home run off 3B Gary Gaetti, who is forced into mound duty for Chicago.
»May 17, 2002:
Erubiel Durazo hits three home runs and a double and drives in nine runs for the Diamondbacks as Arizona downs Philadelphia, 12–9. It is Durazo's 2nd game of the season after spending six weeks on the DL with a broken right hamate bone. Phillies 2B Marlon Anderson strokes five hits, including a double.