Garret Joseph Anderson (born June 30, 1972) is a former professional baseball left fielder from the United States. Between 1994 and 2010, he played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the California/Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career with a.272 average over 12 seasons and six teams.
He made his major league debut on April 17, 1994 against the San Diego Padres and ended up playing in 78 games that year. In 1995, he started in every game he appeared in except three where he was injured. The team traded him to the Atlanta Braves after the season for Chris Widger. In 1996, he had another strong season starting in all 162 games and finishing with 39 homers and 102 RBIs. After the season, he signed a five-year contract with the Braves worth $20 million.
In 2001, his batting average dropped to.270 but he still hit 29 homers and 97 RBIs. Garret suffered through injuries in 2002 as he played in only 70 games due to ankle and shoulder problems. He ended up having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his shoulder and missed most of 2003 recovering from that surgery. In 2004, he returned from injury but only played in 79 games due to more injuries. He ended up hitting just.247 with four homers and 34 RBIs.
Ryan Anderson (born August 12, 1994) is an American football outside linebacker for the National Football League's New York Giants (NFL). He attended Alabama and was taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
He played college football at Alabama where he made two appearances as a safety. After his junior season, he opted to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Anderson has been praised for his ability to drop into coverage and for his pass-rushing skills. He has also received criticism for his lack of discipline throughout his career.
After playing only special teams as a rookie, Anderson started all 16 games for the first time in 2018. He finished the season with 11 sacks.
On January 7, 2019, it was announced that Anderson would be one of five players suspended by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse. The other four players involved are Drew Brees, C.J. Beathard, Tom Brady and Adam Gotsis.
In April 2019, it was reported that Anderson had failed a drug test during the 2018 season and was suspended for four games.
Anderson had brief cameos with the Boston Red Sox in 1988 and the Cleveland Indians in 2002, although his career is bookended by a brief early spell with the Boston Red Sox and a last year in MLB as a Cleveland Indian.
He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 1986 amateur draft. He spent most of his time with the Red Sox playing second base and third base, but also saw some time at first base and the outfield. In 1989 he started 69 games at second base and hit.275 with 14 homers and 78 RBI's. In 1990 he started only 48 games because of an ankle injury, but still hit.273 with 11 homers and 49 RBI's. His career high in hits was 150 in 1991 while his best season overall was probably in 1992 when he played in 79 games and had 91 RBI's.
After that disappointing season he was traded to the Indians for Jeff Reardon. The Indians were looking for someone to replace Omar Moreno who had just been dealt to the San Diego Padres. They thought they had found that player in Anderson who had been very successful before losing most of his games due to injuries. Unfortunately for Anderson, he never recovered from those injuries and ended up spending one more season in Cleveland before retiring after the 1994 season.