Andersen pitched for six teams over a 17-year career, but his longest tenure was with the Phillies in two stints nearly ten years apart. He spent six seasons in Philadelphia, five in Houston, three in Cleveland, two in San Diego and Seattle, and one in Boston.
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Andersen pitched in 22 games with the Indians in 1975, 1977 and 1979 combined while out of Major League Baseball in 1976 and 1978. Andersen spent the following two seasons in Seattle before his first run with the Phillies, in which he went 7-10 in 148 games from 1983 through part of 1986.
Andersen spent time in Houston, Boston and San Diego through the 1992 season.
Andersen pitched to a minute 1.54 ERA in 1989 and 1.79 ERA in 1990.
Returning to the Phillies in 1993 at the age of 40, Andersen was the right-handed set up man to closer Mitch Williams on the NL Championship team, recording 25 holds. He posted a 3-2 record with a 2.92 ERA in 64 games, striking out 67 in only 61 2/3 innings of work. Andersen’s 1.4 wins above replacement made him tied for 11th-most on the team, despite only being a reliever.
The following season in 1994, Andersen appeared in only 29 games, posting an ERA of 4.41. He failed to make the Major League roster in 1995 and became a player/coach for Double-A Reading. Andersen retired with 40 wins an a 3.15 ERA in 699 appearances, all but one in relief. He now works as the radio color commentator alongside Kevin Franzke for all home games.