Former Gold Sox' Anderson Makes MLB Debut
June 22, 2015

It's fitting that it happened on Father's Day. Oh sure, Cody Anderson's dad (and mom) were in the stands in Cleveland to watch the right-hander from Quincy make his first big league pitch, but in a living room in Yuba City, another man was feeling like a pretty proud papa.

Jack Johnson was Anderson's manager when Cody pitched for the Gold Sox briefly in 2010, and then for a full season in 2011. “I saw every pitch”, Johnson said before the Gold Sox game last night against the Redding Colt .45s. “All of his pitches were working.”

Cody threw 94 pitches Sunday. 61 of them were strikes, only seven of those went for hits, and none of those runners scored. He did walk one batter—the second he faced after Anderson's first major league pitch was a lineout to the shortstop. After the base on balls, Anderson struck out Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

"I couldn't really feel my body," Anderson told "I couldn't feel the ball. I just knew I had to throw strikes." He struck out four, but didn't come away with the win. When he left with two outs in the eighth inning, Cleveland and Tampa Bay were tied 0-0. The Indians would win it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, and a close play at the plate.

In Ohio, Indians fans are hoping he'll become a permanent addition to the rotation. In Marysville and Yuba City, he becomes a legend. Anderson was 5-1 with a 1.01 ERA with the Gold Sox in 2011. He was named Horizon Air Summer Series Top Prospect, after being selected in the 14th round by Cleveland in the amateur draft earlier that summer. He becomes the sixth out of over 300 Gold Sox players in their history to make it to the big leagues, and the fourth pitcher. Dallas Braden was the first, followed by Tommy Everidge, Anthony Bass, Curtis Partch, Max Stassi, and now Anderson. Bass is the only other one currently in the majors, Braden and Everidge have retired, and Partch and Stassi are in the minors.

After leaving the Gold Sox and signing with the Tribe, Anderson quickly became a prized prospect. He flourished in the minors in 2012 and 2013, but struggled mightily last season. As told on the Indians radio broadcast yesterday, Anderson was given a program that would not only add to his strength, but also his agility and range of motion. He spent the entire winter at the Indians' training facility in Goodyear, Arizona, and stuck to the program. This year, after 10 starts at Double-A Akron, Cody was 3-2 with just a 1.73 ERA. He was moved up to Triple-A Columbus, only needed three starts, went 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA, and then got the call of a lifetime, and a trip to the show.

Toward the end of the radio broadcast, Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton said that Anderson and his parents could celebrate by going to look for an apartment, because with his performance, it appears he's going to stay a long time. Meanwhile in some apartments and homes in Marysville, and one particular living room in Yuba City, a nice moment that will live forever. On Father's Day, watching a young man, known and loved, realize a dream, and was there a long the way to help make it happen.

Approaching 300: The Marysville Gold Sox swept all four games against the Redding Colt .45s this weekend, improving their overall record to 19-1—by far the best-ever start to a season. Sunday's victory also gives Jack Johnson 299 wins as manager. Johnson would have gotten number 300 on Saturday, but he missed two games last weekend to attend his stepson's graduation from UCLA. Johnson wanted those wins credited to assistant coach Jim Stassi.

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