Jason Anderson
Eastern Illinois Panthers
Relief pitcher
Born: (1979-06-09) June 9, 1979 (age 39)
Danville, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 2003, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 15, 2005, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average6.39

Jason Roger Anderson (born June 9, 1979) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and current college baseball coach. He is currently serving as head coach of the Eastern Illinois Panthers baseball team.

In 1997, Anderson was all-state during his senior year at Danville High School. He compiled a 14-1 record and tied the Illinois state record for consecutive shutouts with six in a row.[1]

Anderson attended the University of Illinois on a baseball scholarship for two years, earning All-American and Academic All-American honors. He was named the Illinois Co-Newcomer of the Year in 1998 and received the George Huff Academic Award in 1999. Anderson was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2000.[1]

Anderson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft and signed by scout Steve Lemke. In the 2003 season, he became the first player from the Staten Island Yankees to become a New York Yankee. (Wily Mo Peña was the first Staten Island alum to make it to the majors, but he did it with the Cincinnati Reds.) The "Baby Bombers" retired Anderson's #19 on July 14, 2003, in tribute. That day was also proclaimed "Jason Anderson Day" in Staten Island.[1] Anderson earned his first major league win that year in 22 appearances with the Yankees, but midway through the year, he was traded to the New York Mets in a deal that brought Armando Benítez to the Yankees.

In the 2004 season, Anderson was designated for assignment by the Mets, and the Cleveland Indians claimed him off waivers. He only pitched one inning for the team all year, giving up five runs, and in the next year, he rejoined the Yankees, making the major league roster after Paul Quantrill and Mike Stanton were designated for assignment.

The San Diego Padres claimed Anderson off waivers from the Yankees on February 15, 2006. Anderson was signed November 16, 2006, by the Chicago Cubs to a minor league contract.[2]

Anderson landed in the Phillies organization May 9, 2007, when he was signed to a minor league contract and sent to the Ottawa Lynx; however, he did not get called up in 2007 and on December 7, 2007, was re-signed by the Phillies to a minor league contract. He split the 2007 season between the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx and the Double-A Reading Phillies. He split 2008 between the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Double-A Reading Phillies. He became a free agent after the 2008 season and re-signed with the Phillies in January 2009.

On March 7, 2011, he signed a contract with the Somerset Patriots.[3] He retired on July 19.

In fall 2012, he was named the pitching coach of Eastern Illinois, a NCAA Division I college baseball program. After serving in this role for three seasons, he was promoted to head coach.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Players: Player Information". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  2. ^ "Jason Anderson - San Diego Padres". Sports News Canada. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  3. ^ Atlantic League transactions Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Panthers Hire Anderson as Head Baseball Coach". JG-TC.com. June 24, 2015. Archived from the original on June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Minor League Baseball: Stats: Player: Jason Anderson