Q & A with MLB Pitcher Tanner Anderson

Q & A with MLB Pitcher Tanner Anderson

Tanner Anderson has earned himself a pitching spot with the Oakland Athletics.   (He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.)  After graduating from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, Anderson attended Harvard University, where he was a stand-out on the ball field.

Anderson was later drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Anderson was assigned to the Bristol Pirates, a minor league team.  After one season, he was promoted to the West Virginia Black Bears. Anderson played for the West Virginia Power and Bradenton Marauders before making his way to the AA Altoona Curve.  At the start of the 2018 season, Anderson played for the AAA Indianapolis Indians. Finally, on June 27, 2018, he made his way to the Major League Pittsburgh Pirates. In November 2018 Tanner Anderson was traded to the Oakland Athletics where he currently is now.   I interviewed Anderson via Instagram recently.  

Q: With becoming pro, what has been your biggest struggle?
A: I had to be my own coach, and when I was struggling, I had to adjust and learn my own body to be able to understand what I was doing wrong.

Q: You were able to attend one of the top academic colleges in the nation. What did you have to do to get accepted to a college as well-respected as Harvard?
A: Luckily, my baseball ability helped me get in; however, I had to retake SATs and SAT2s to get scores good enough for acceptance. I had parents who made me care about academics first, and I’m grateful for that.

Q What do you have to say to any kid out there who wants to make it pro someday?
A: 1. It’s a lot of luck mixed with hard work.
2. Focus on a Plan B alongside your Plan A. You need to do well in school with this.
3. Have fun playing. If you don’t have fun, you’ll start to hate it.

Q: If you had the opportunity to play alongside any player, past or present, in the MLB who would it be and why?
A: I would love to play alongside Ichiro Suzuki. He’s a beast. Love his attitude and the way he plays.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the future, career wise and life wise?
A: I want to play for at least five years; finish up grad school; and start up my own business or find something I enjoy as much as baseball.