Dave Anderson as third base coach

Top Ten LA Dodger Bums 4: Dave (My Back Hurts Again) Anderson


Our next Bum is easy to overlook. Often forgotten but never out of our heads. This Bum born in Louisville, Kentucky, was part of history for the Dodgers. He served as the on-deck decoy for Kirk Gibson before his immortal walk-off home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Otherwise this Bum did nothing but stink up the Dodgers bench for nearly 7 years.  It was a mystery as to why the Dodgers continued to employ this Bum for so many seasons. Did he have something on Tommy Lasorda that we didn’t know about? Perhaps we’ll never know, however here he is in all his glory, the number four LA Dodger Bum of all time….Dave (my back hurts again) Anderson (Bumderson)

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Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

That pun above is a playful jab at all of his many DL trips because of his bad back. Every year it was the same thing with him. He would make frequent DL trips because of his rusty back. Dave Anderson was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1981 draft as the 22nd overall pick. He made his MLB debut on May 8, of 1983 for the Dodgers.

Anderson played for the Dodgers from 1983-1989, then again in 1992. The only other team Anderson played for was the Giants from 1990-1991. I won’t beat around the bush on this one, Anderson was absolutely atrocious for many years. Like I said, it is in fact still a mystery as to why the Dodgers would employ this guy for so long.

Anderson was a right handed hitting infielder that played primarily shortstop and third base for the Dodgers, but played some second base as well. Anderson is 6’1 185 pounds, and never played more than 121 games in a season during his 10 seasons in the Majors.

Anderson never hit higher than .250 with the Dodgers from 83-89. In his 1983 season he hit a blistering .165 with a .244 OBP, and he was 19 for 115. Yes folks, he was that bad.  In 1984, his second season, he hit .251 in 121 games,with three home runs and 34 RBI. That was probably his best season with the Dodgers. Anderson was one of the worst hitters the Dodgers have ever had. Hey it’s not like he’s on this list because he was GOOD . No, he got worse as the years went along. In 1985 he played in 77 games and put up one of the worst performances ever by a LA Dodger hitter. Anderson hit .199 that year going 44 for 221

Anderson bereft of any and all power, (he never hit more than four home runs in a season) his career of suck continued. He hit .245 in 1986, and .234 in 1987. In 1988 the year the Dodgers won the world series, he hit .249 with two home runs. That year Anderson was involved in history. In game 1 of the 1988 World Series, as Mike Davis was drawing the walk that brought Kirk Gibson to the plate, Tommy Lasorda did not want to tip his hand and let the A’s know that Gibson could hit. So he had Dave Anderson stand in the on deck circle as a decoy. Of course everyone knew that there was no way in hell that Anderson would be allowed to hit in that situation. Anderson was of course called back into the dugout, as he made way for Gibson to hit his historic home run.

Besides being involved in a bit of history, Anderson soon returned to playing really terrible Baseball while living on the Dodger’s bench. In 1989 Anderson hit .229 with nearly as many whiffs as hits.

After the 1989 season Anderson was released by the Dodgers and he signed with the Giants. Anderson played two seasons with the Giants. He had one good year, in 1990, batting .350 in 60 games while putting up an OBP of .369?! perhaps the real Dave Anderson was abducted by space aliens, because he returned to form in 1991 batting .248 in his last year with the Giants, and in 100 games had an awful OBP of .286.

The Giants released him, and who do you think signed Anderson for the 1992 season? You guessed it, the Dodgers. This was Anderson’s final season. He played in 51 games that year, hitting .286 with 24 hits and three home runs.

Anderson ended his playing career as a .242 career hitter. He hit 19 home runs, and won a World Series title.  Anderson never came close to a league average OPS. Once Anderson’s playing days were over, he became a coach. He tried his hands at managing in 1994, when he managed the single A ball team for the New York-Penn league, the Jamestown Jammers.

Eventually Anderson became third base coach for the Texas Rangers, and in September of 2010 was involved in an incident where he accidentally touched the runner at third base. The play was called out, and coaches interference was ruled on the play. The Rangers lost the game because of that play, although Anderson denies ever touching the base runner.

Dave Anderson is the fourth worst LA Dodger ever. Not much else to say about Anderson. He came, he saw, he played, and he sucked.

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  • organicallyrude

    LOL! I had all but forgotten about this bum! Wow, in ’83 he made 2010 Garrett Anderson look good.

  • organicallyrude

    LOL! I had all but forgotten about this bum! Wow, in ’83 he made 2010 Garrett Anderson look good.

  • Pearl99011

    When I was reading over this terrible written article about Dave Anderson it made me realize that some people try their best to make others look bad because they still can’t pull their heads out of there asses. I couldn’t disagree more with the opinions on this matter. Anyone who agree’s over this must be a poor sobbed up life-form with nothing better to do then this. He is not a bum and screw all of the following people; organicallyrude, and whoever helped write this garbage. You’ve never once met him, therefor instead of talking about him like this why don’t you get a life that doesn’t involve so much thinking because apparently you’re not very intelligent when it comes down to it. I hope you understand; I doubt it .. because people like this never can shut up and move on with what they’ve got and leave innocent others alone. Have a nice day.

    • formatallan

      @Pearl99011

      Pearl,

      Are you related to Dave Anderson in any way?

      Obviously these types of articles are written in order to make people laugh and put a smile on their face. Nothing is intended to hurt or badmouth anyone in a mean way. Im sure Dave is a very nice guy. Obviously I have never met him. This is about Dave the baseball player, not Dave the person, and anyone who is intelligent should be able to comprehend that.

      Nothing ive written is false. Its all true. He was a terrible Baseball player, thats why he made this list. Check out his career stats if you still disagree. However if you dont like the article no one is forcing you to read. If your going to continue trolling and writing insulting comments to the people who write for this site than Im more than happy to ban you. Have a great day!

  • Pearl99011

    Well, obviously these types of articles are not funny Mr. Comedian and you’ve failed to put a smile on my face. “Nothing is intended to hurt or badmouth anyone in a mean way.” > If someone were to trash talk you like this; I’m sure the last thing you’d be is happy. Those kinds of thing’s are hurtful! Just look how upset you’ve gotten over me speaking all truth . He is a very nice guy and I knew right off the bat you’ve never met him because if you did. You’d hold your tongue. “This is about Dave the baseball player, not Dave the person”.. Well, you know what he is a person! & anyone with common knowledge would be able to figure that out. ” He was a terrible Baseball player, thats why he made this list.”> Screw your “list”. I am very aware no one is forcing me to do anything.If Im going to continue writing insulting comments?… What about you than?..You wrote a whole article of B.S. about one individual. Ban me from your stupid site. I don’t care. Good do it because the only reason I signed up for that page was to write a comment and I did. So, congradulations on your crappy services :p

    • formatallan

      @Pearl99011

      Pearl,

      Who says Im upset? I actually have a big smile accross my face right now. Because obviously this type of piece is meant as a joke. If you cant take the joke then I dont know what to tell you. Sticks and stones pearl. Your comments are far more hurtful then anything ive written in my articles. I already said Ive never met him before. Im sure he is a very nice guy. He was a Major Leaguer so abviously he is better than most players, but in comparison to other Major Leaguers at his level he was pretty bad. Even you have to admit it. Sorry to say he wasnt a very good hitter. His performences and numbers back up what I say. The only insulting thing I wrote was when I said he sucked. which is true.

      You never answered my question, are you related to Dave?

      Your immature comments are far more insulting than anything ive written. I WAS considring banning you, but I think I will keep you around for a little while. Only because your annoying comments amuse me. But as soon as I get sick of your insults Pearl, you are going….going….outta here!….GONE!

  • Pearl99011

    Wow you have such poor judgment of character I must state. Is it ignorance or arrogance? “abviously he is better then most players”… Please, you really should have considered stopping right there. Okay so let’s look at this, first off you’re probably a grown adult sitting at a school desk writing terrible “jokes”. With no talent in comedy you’re writing, scratch that > attempting to write, but instead failed miserably.

    Seriously and I’m being modest. It’s pathetic really.. based on just reading your response I can imagine you living in your mother’s basement playing World of Warcraft – right now at this very moment. Another thing I don’t believe I can overlook > How do you spell obviously with an “a”? Aren’t you supposed to be a writer that would already know there grammar? It’s

    sad how many mistakes you’ve made and you cannot catch them, so you need someone else to tell you.

  • Pearl99011

    [part 2]:

    I will give you advice because you seem like someone that really needs help.

    Go back to school, stop sitting behind the desk for someone equally as lame as you are.

    “The only thing insulting I wrote was when I said he sucked”. Whoa! Aren’t you one to rammble on. From observation you “write” a bit of articles. I read one and it was enough to convince me not to even continue because of how awfully bad it “sucked”. > “Which was true”. > This is bout’ how true it’s going to get. I’m pleading that you just stop with your ignorant rammbling; un-likely.

    How does it feel to be slapped with pure honesty? I’m sure whoever helps make these sort of lists is just as pathetic as you are. So, you might want to pass the word of advice down to them as well.

    So, congrats once again for becoming the absolute worst author I’ve ever come across.

    Do yourself a favor and just leave it at this because you’re not getting much farther in this

    discussion ;)

    • formatallan

      @Pearl99011Hey Troll, Ive had about enough of you. First off, your a Troll. You are the last person who should be giving english and grammar lessons to people. Is english your first or second language? You say things like “I write a bit of an article” How do you write a bit of an article? Then you claim that Im “awfully bad” last but not least, you say “arent you supposed to be a writer that would already know THERE grammar? wonderful use of the english language smart guy.

      second of all, your a coward. you are in fact a big COWARD. You hide behind an anonymous username, because your too scared to show your real name. Congratulations Troll, you have become the first commenter to be banned in the history of this site. Ive decided not to officially ban you, Im instead marking any and all comments you post from this IP address as Spam. thats what you are, Spam fodder. you are the pathetic one getting banned from a web site. Your not welcome here Troll GO AWAY

  • Pearl99011

    Thank You!! Finally you’re catching on. Remember I said I didn’t care if you banned me from your stupid site? Well it’s true so I truely don’t understand what’s keeping you from doing it. Is formatallan > supposed to be your given birth name Scott? I didn’t think so, so you basically shouldn’t say much about names.

    Also if anyone here is the coward that title fits you the best. You’re sitting behind the desk writing pathetic articles; writing just plain rude comments about innocent people you have no business knowing. You’ve never once met Dave…I know you already admitted this as well, but see the issue with this is plain and simple > You would never say this to him because if you did you’d have nothing to share on this site about him except for the fact that he kicked your ass :)

    You must think because you decided to call me a “Troll” I’d be offended. It’s just funny to me really. :D Mostly funny because you cannot back yourself up. A short version of advice because obviously you just can’t wrap your head around it > Get your shit together. :) Bye!

    • formatallan

      @Pearl99011Shut up Troll coward. We have a zero tolerance policy for cowardly Trolls. Why dont you stop hiding behind your anonymous username? my name is clearly posted on all my articles. My REAL NAME COWARD. Why dont you stop being a coward and post your real name? Go away Troll, you have nothing to offer here,

  • Pearl99011

    So un-professional especially for an adult. I’ve told you calling me a “Troll/Coward” does not offend me. “Why dont you stop hiding behind your anonymous username?” Well Scott we can’t all have childish names and if you had a clue I keep my “anonymous name” because you sound like you could possibly be a pedophile.

    I don’t even have to know you completely to see that you are the following; ignorant, arrogant, childish and just a lame, pathetic cowardly man with no ambitions to get a higher education that would turn on that little light bulb in that brain of yours.

    If you wish to continue this “conversation” please spare us both and for the people who read for this site because your responses are just immature and crude.