Class to the end

2500 hits.  A .295 career batting average.  World Series champion.  Three-time All-Star.

Those are fantastic numbers by any standards.  And, yet, Garrett Anderson is hardly the first name that comes to mind when discussing the best players in Major League Baseball over the past twenty years.

Garrett Anderson is trying to spend at least one more season in an strange-looking uniform. After 15 seasons with the Angels (and one with the Braves), Anderson is currently in camp with the Dodgers.

Anderson, whose debut came at the end of the 1994 season and whose entire career prior to last season was spent in Anaheim with the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, is headed back home to his native California this spring after one season with the Atlanta Braves.  That much is certain.

But, if he is on a major league roster when spring training camp breaks, it will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers now instead of the Angels.

Always one of the classiest guys in the game, his understated style and lack of self-promotion (nickname: G.A.) kept him off many fans’ radar over the years.  And though nothing about Anderson’s status as a non-roster invitee is going to change that, he continues to exude class and grace in the twilight of his career.

Check out this column in today’s Los Angeles Times from T.J. Simers.  Never known for his sentimentality, even Simers can’t help but portray Anderson in a positive light.

The Dodgers should find a way to keep G.A. around this season.  His influence would mean everything to an organization in dire need of as many positive stories as possible, considering the nastiness playing out in the owner’s suite.

And even if Anderson has played his final game, his legacy is complete and requires no apologies.  More proof that the good guys do win sometimes.

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~ by acm213 on March 7, 2010.

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