Brian Anderson takes savage shot at Marlins after signing with the Brewers. The man won’t let some things go.
Brian Anderson, the newest member of the Milwaukee Brewers, joined the club just a few days ago on a one-year, $3.5M contract. His first game with the Brew Crew will be the first he’s ever played on a team other than the Miami Marlins, the team he debuted for back in 2017.
With the Brewers, Anderson is expected to the club’s primary option at third base, his defensive position by trade. The Marlins used him in a variety of roles over the years including third base, first base and the outfield.
Now that Anderson has left the Marlins, a team that has won virtually nothing (aside from a surprise postseason birth in the COVID-shortened 2020 season) in the last decade or so, he is relieved to have joined a competitor.
Brewers: Brian Anderson takes savage shot at his former club the Miami Marlins
It’s hard to blame Anderson for saying such a thing. After all, the club’s winning percentage was .475 in 2017, the year he debuted. The following year, it dipped down to .391 and then went down even further to .352 in 2019 when the Marlins lost a whopping 105 games.
With the aforementioned postseason berth behind them, the Marlins returned to their standard ways in 2021, going 67-95 and securing yet another fourth place finish in the NL East. Last season, they went 69-93 and finished fourth again.
How heartbreaking it must have been for Anderson to see a lineup made up of J.T. Realmuto, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna Giancarlo Stanton be gradually disassembled after failing to find any sustained success. Again, it’s hard to blame the guy for feeling a bit bitter.
With his new club, Anderson is lining back up with Yelich, who unfortunately seems to be a shell of the player he once was. However, Willy Adames, Rowdy Tellez, William Contreras and arguably the best starting rotation in the league will help matters for him, as this Brewers squad is firmly in the middle of its contention window.
It remains to be seen just how much the Brewers are going to get out of Anderson, who has been limited to 67 games in 2021 and 98 in 2022 thanks to a variety of injuries and poor performance.
Last year, he hit eight home runs and drove in 28 in 383 plate appearances, posting a .222 average and an OPS+ of just 87, meaning he was 13 percent below league-average. The Brewers are certainly hoping for the 2019 version of Anderson, the one that hit 20 home runs in 126 games.