The New York Mets selected Rick Anderson with the 580th selection of the 1978 amateur draft. Prior to being drafted, Rick played college baseball for the University of Washington. Prior to that, he played prep baseball for Cascade High School in Everett, Washington.
He drew the start in his major league début on June 9, 1986 at Shea Stadium. He gave up 1 earned run in 7.0 Innings, until Rafael Santana pinch hit for him. Jesse Orosco blew the save, and Anderson wound up receiving a no decision in his first start. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter caught his début.
For most baseball players, eight years in the minors is a death sentence for major league dreams. However, Anderson beat the odds when he received a call up in 1986. He played portions of three seasons in the majors, for two different teams. Rick pitched in a total of 28 games, starting 10 games with a .500 Win Percentage. He owns a career ERA of 4.75 – mostly because of horrible six game stretch with the Kansas City Royals in 1987. During that stretch, he allowed 20 earned runs in just 13 innings of work.
Trades and Transactions
After being drafted in 1978, Anderson bounced around the Mets farm system for 8 years. He spent 1978 with the Little Falls Mets. From 1979 to 1986, he split time with the Jackson Mets of the Texas League and the Tidewater Tides of the International League.
Following service with the Mets in 1986, he was traded along with Ed Hearn and Mauro Gozzo to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals sent David Cone and Chris Jelic to the Mets.
He spent 1987 and 1988 splitting time between the Royals and the Omaha Royals of the American Association. Following the 1988 season, he retired from baseball.
Featured on card number 594 of the 1987 Topps set, Anderson stands on the bump appearing to prepare to get a new ball from the home plate umpire. This card appears to be the only card Topps ever made of him. He wears the Mets’ home jersey, so the assumption is that the photo was taken at Shea Stadium. He signed in a bold black sharpie, which unfortunately disappears into part of the crowd.