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  1. I also respect Garret Anderson, but feel that good teams contributed to his numbers. Definitely a respectable career. The only reason he stayed on too long is because he never was very good at walking away anyway. But, I jest.

    Nice little closing report.

    Comment by SC2GG — March 1, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Garret Anderson is so good at not clogging up the bases, I think the Reds might have a spot for him.

    Comment by dudley — March 1, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  3. As an A’s fan I will not miss his career 318/361/485 line against Oakland.

    Comment by Danmay — March 1, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

  4. Watching him for years growing up in Southern California, I am very surprised his career UZR grades out as well as it does. He certainly didn’t pass the eye test in left field.

    Comment by Tim E. — March 1, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  5. Imagine, with just 471 more hits he’d probably be a Hall of Famer…..

    Then again, Johnny Damon is basically in the same boat with a very realistic shot to reach 3,000. Hall of Famer Johnny Damon……ugh.

    Comment by Undocorkscrew — March 1, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  6. As offense exploded in the 90′s, certain numbers don’t have quite the cache they used to (400 and 500 homers, especially, but also 3000 hits – no guaranteed entry with that anymore, I’m certain. See: J. Damon). Others, particularly on the pitching side (250, 300 wins) will probably carry extra weight because they’re increasingly rare. It all tends to ebb and flow with the generations, some hitter-heavy, some pitcher-prone.

    Comment by Jason B — March 1, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  7. “Overshadowed in an era of offensive superstars?” If anything, I believe Anderson was *overrated*. People always mentioned him as being a really good player. But he wasn’t really all THAT good. He was a solid player, and was “overshadowed.” But only because many players around were clearly better than Anderson. That being said, he always seemed like a good guy and good teammate. So I don’t want to take that away from him, as his career is more than enough to be proud of.

    Comment by Joe — March 1, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  8. His career OPS+ is 102. His career WAR over 17 years is 27.2 (1.6 WAR/yr). Overshadowed? Yeah, overshadowed by the half of baseball that was better than him.

    Comment by sabernar — March 1, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  9. His career OPS+ is 102. His career WAR over 17 years is 27.2 (1.6 WAR/yr). Overshadowed? Yeah, overshadowed by the half of baseball that was better than him.

    That’s pretty much nonsense…

    OPS+ is weighted against platoon players and other part timers in a given season; using that as the metric for a full-time player against part-timers is akin to using ERA+ as the metric for comparing starting pitchers to relievers.

    The career numbers take into account his age 30+ decline seasons.

    Average MLB players don’t enjoy 17-year careers. Garret Anderson is no Hall of Famer, but he was a fine player.

    Comment by Joel — March 1, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  10. Or continuing proof of the stupidity and fear of baseball people.

    Comment by shthar — March 1, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  11. It’s “run amok.” How hard can it be to hit F7?

    Comment by Justin Bailey — March 2, 2011 @ 2:22 am

  12. I just think Anderson played in the wrong era. He’d have been a solid/good player in the 60s and 70s, but in the 90s, when everyone had power, he didn’t. When OBP is more accurately valued, his was low.

    He was a solid guy, good enough to trot out there for 15+ years, and didn’t make any noise of the diamond. That’s a big deal, too.

    Comment by Dave — March 2, 2011 @ 9:24 am

  13. The news of his retirement is cathartic to me. As an Atlanta Braves fan, I grew to despise Garret Anderson and his inability to field his LF position or reach base at any consistent clip during the 2009 season. He was a good guy to have around in Anaheim, but by the time he moved over to Atlanta he was a useless player that received far too much playing time. I watched him turn an excessive amount of singles into triples with seemingly lackadaisical play in the outfield and I am glad he has decided to hang up the cleats because the Braves may have won the wildcard in 2009 with any decent production out of the LF position. Ahh, that rant felt good. Thanks Fangraphs.

    Comment by Tomahawk Mafia — March 2, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  14. As an Angels fan who grew up mostly in the 1990′s, Garret Anderson is a legend from my past. For years on end, I looked forward to seeing him, Tim Salmon, Chuck Finley and a few others play the game. He may not belong in the Hall and may have had a long decline phase that perhaps went a few years longer than it should have; but when he was on the Angels, he made the game fun to watch and was someone a kid like me could look up to. He was one of those players who gave you that feeling that “something good is going to happen” when he came to the plate at an important moment, with the final game of the ’02 World Series as a prime example. Even in his later years with the Angels he was able to prove he still had it at times (the 10-RBI game against the Yankees comes to mind).

    GA entertained and inspired me from elementary school through early adulthood, and in the end, that’s what being a baseball fan is about moreso than stats or anything else.

    Comment by Nate — March 2, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  15. t’s amazing what 155 at-bats of a .090 ISO can do reverse an entire crosstown rival team fanbase’s perception of a player who has no shot at the Hall of Fame but was a good, solid player.

    I’ve never understood why what a player does in the last couple of years of their careers carries such weight.

    If people want to remember Junior based on 2009 and 2010, I can’t stop them, but why?

    Anderson was solid … and a solid guy on good teams. He lacked flash, which is what people remember (See Alan Trammel).

    Anderson was the guy that wouldn’t dive and played it safe, to stay in the lineup. He played next to a guy that was diving all over the place, crashing into walls, and alternating periods of being spectacular and injured.

    In terms of being remembered/celebrated, it’s almost advantageous to be a one trick pony, rather than pretty good at multiple things.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — March 2, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  16. This is why Craig Biggio is not a Hall of Famer.

    Comment by Joe — March 2, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  17. I love all you so-called critics. GA got a World Series ring. What do any of you naysayers got?

    Comment by KimP — March 2, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  18. Yes, we all hate Garret Anderson and think he is the worst player of all time. Judging players is against the rules for baseball fans!

    Comment by Joe — March 2, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  19. “People always mentioned him as being a really good player.”

    Did they? Was he ever seriously mentioned in the same breath as Griffey, Bonds, Thomas, Bagwell, Gwynn, Biggio, Alomar, A-rod, Jeter, Nomar, Chipper, Belle, JuanGone, Thome, Walker, Edgar, Rolen, Pujols, Manny, Ortiz, Tex, Cabrera, Howard, Utley, Ichiro, Longoria, Cano, Crawford, Mauer, Damon, Bernie, Beltran, Maggs, Pudge, Piazza….

    Comment by Jason B — March 2, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  20. I remember him being regarded as a better player than Tim Salmon. And yes, people thought highly of him. Which is why I think he was overrated…

    Comment by Joe — March 2, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  21. He was actually quite an adept fielder, just not a flashy one. He got to just about everything and had a powerful arm, albiet with a long release.

    Comment by AA — March 4, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

  22. Interestingly, his value usually came more from his defense and less from his hitting, which is the opposite to his reputation.

    Comment by AA — March 4, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

  23. You don’t really believe that, do you?

    Comment by AA — March 4, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

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