For years, the Boston Red Sox were thought to have a future cornerstone first baseman sitting in the Minor Leagues. He had a bat that just knew how to barrel up the ball and hit the ball hard everywhere. He was the type of guy whose body screamed a future with power.
In 2009, Lars Anderson was the 17th best prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. Now, just four years later, the 25-year-old Anderson is out of baseball.
What a wild 12 months it has been. On trade deadline day, July 31, of last season, Anderson was traded to the Cleveland Indians for knuckle baller Steven Wright. Since that day, he has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, placed on waivers and claimed by the Chicago White Sox, then traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, and claimed again on waivers by the White Sox. Then, on July 18 of this year, he was released by the White Sox. Now, news has come that no team claimed him on waivers.
This news makes Red Sox players, fans and coaches shake their heads. Gabe Kapler wrote an article on WEEI on Saturday sharing his experience managing Anderson in 2007 at low A Greenville. He spoke to the fact Anderson wasn’t your typical ballplayer. He was harder on himself than most.
Baseball is a game that is predicated on failure, but Anderson never learned how to fail. It is a worn out cliché, but failing seven out of 10 times does make you a star in the game, but Anderson could succeed nine out of 10 times and dwell on the one missed opportunity.
Time will tell if Anderson catches back on with a team, but, unfortunately, stories like Anderson’s are all too common in the world of pro baseball.