After spending eight seasons in the Mets minor league system Rick Anderson finally made it to the show on June 9, 1986 as a 30-year-old rookie. In his Major League debut Anderson pitched like a seasoned veteran throwing seven solid innings allowing just four hits and no earned runs against the Philadelphia Phillies. Anderson would earn a no decision in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in extra innings.
He would pitch in 15 games for the Mets during their World Championship season as both a reliever and spot starter. On August 6th Anderson earned his first Major League win against the Chicago Cubs. He started the game and pitched five innings allowing three earned runs. Four days later he earned his first save against the Montreal Expos. Anderson would finish the season with a 2 -1 record posting a 2.72 ERA in 49 1/3 innings.
Unfortunately, the Mets decided to leave him off the postseason roster instead taking left-handed pitcher Randy Niemann. The Mets decision just proved the old baseball axiom “It’s good to be a lefthander.”
Following the season Anderson was traded along with Ed Hearn and Mauro Gozzo to the Kansas City Royals for David Cone and Chris Jelic. He spent two seasons with the Royals before retiring as a player.
While with the Mets Anderson wore number 32.
Rick Anderson also played for the Kansas City Royals in 1987 and 1988.