Anderson Changes Sox

When the Red Sox traded Mark Kotsay to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Brian Anderson on Tuesday, I did a quick internet search for some stats and background info and stumbled upon a rather strange tidbit.


According to an “Inside the White Sox” blog, Anderson collects monkeys.  More specifically, stuffed monkeys.  Naturally, I had to find out if that nugget is legit.


“I guess we were playing the Dodgers last year and Vin Scully mentioned something like that,” Anderson told me.  “I don’t know how much I actually collect them, but for awhile there, my family would see those stuffed animal monkeys that kind of clamp down and hang on things and they would pick me up one.  I don’t think I’ve gone out of my way to collect them, but at the same time, I guess I have a pretty decent collection.”


Suffice to say, the Red Sox didn’t acquire Brian for his monkeys.


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Anderson was a first round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and was their top-rated minor league prospect in 2005.  While his big league career hasn’t gone as well as hoped so far – a .225 average in 334 games – Brian gives the Red Sox a solid defensive centerfielder in Pawtucket who provides organizational depth.


“Obviously you want to live up to the hype, but at the same time, just making it to the big leagues is an accomplishment,” Anderson told me.  “The next step is being consistent, becoming an every-day player, and getting better every year.  That’s what I’m working toward, and hopefully being traded to this team will give me a chance to get to where I know I can be.”


Getting dealt did not come as a surprise.  After the White Sox sent Anderson to Triple-A Charlotte on July 20th, he requested a trade.  But he didn’t expect to change Sox.


“I kinda had an idea that something might happen, but I hadn’t thought about Boston because their team is so good and they seem to be set at all of their positions,” Anderson said.  “But when I talked to Theo Epstein he seemed very excited, and that got me excited.  It showed me that he has faith in my ability and I hope to help the Red Sox this year.”


When Brian joined the PawSox, he was greeted by a familiar face – his former high school teammate Chris Duncan, who was obtained from the Cardinals five days earlier in exchange for Julio Lugo.


“That was the first thought that went through my mind, ‘Holy cow, I’m going to be playing with Chris again,’ Anderson said.  “Sure enough, his brother Shelly sent a text to both of us saying how jealous he was and that it’s not fair that we get to hang out and play on the same team while he’s stuck by himself.  You never know, crazier things have happened – maybe we’ll play with him as well.”


They’ll play against Shelly Duncan soon enough.  The PawSox play five straight games against Scranton/WB beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday night.


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There were two bright spots in Thursday afternoon’s 4-1 loss at Buffalo.


Anderson had a pair of doubles in his second game with Pawtucket, and Michael Bowden had his third straight outstanding start.



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(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


The 22-year-old righty was given a 12-day break from July 7th to 18th, and it has definitely produced the desired result.  Bowden’s velocity is up and his pinpoint control has returned – in 3 starts he’s allowed 3 ER in 19 IP for a 1.42 ERA and has not issued a walk in his last 14.2 IP.


Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough for Bowden to earn a win due to the PawSox lack of offense.  Pawtucket has scored 2-or-fewer runs in 10 of his 19 starts this season.


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Look for Jeff Bailey to return to the PawSox early next week at McCoy Stadium.  Bailey has been out of action since July 4th due to an ankle injury, but he’s recently been taking batting practice and doing fielding drills.


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(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


Remarkably, Bailey ranks third on the PawSox with 7 home runs, even though he has only played in 36 minor league games this season.


Pawtucket is 20-16 with Bailey in the lineup.  That projects to a 80-64 record over a full International League season.


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Pawtucket will try to avoid a 4-game sweep in Buffalo on Friday night at 7:35 with Billy Traber on the mound.  I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with pre-game coverage at 7:20 on the PawSox radio network and




  1. juliasrants

    Nice to see Anderson and Bowden doing well. Hopefully they will motivate the team. Dan – given the news that has broken about David Ortiz – how are the young guys taking it? As difficult as it is for us fans, I would imagine it must to be tough for them also. Thanks.


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