Former major league pitcher Scott Sanderson, who spent 19 years in the big leagues, died on Thursday. He was 62, and a cause of death was not known.
A third-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos out of Vanderbilt in 1977, Sanders made it to the majors after just 28 minor-league appearances in 1978. He stayed with the Expos for six seasons, then pitched six seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1984-89) followed by stints with the Athletics (1990), Yankees (1991-92), Angels (1993), Giants (1993), White Sox (1994) and Angels again (1995-96).
Sanderson was also a devout Christ-follower who left an impact on many.
“I don’t think we have ever met someone who has competed at such a high level for so many years and walked so humbly in his faith in Christ,” former MLB catcher Eddie Taubensee (1991-2001) told Sports Spectrum. “Scott has definitely impacted my life with so many conversations and the ultimate example of, ‘How to follow me as I follow Christ.’ My heart is heavy, and yet rejoices for Scott.”
The Cubs held a moment of silence in honor of Sanderson before Thursday night’s game.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 11, 2019
Sanderson finished his career with a 163-143 record and 3.84 ERA in 472 appearances (407 starts). He helped the Cubs end a 38-year playoff drought with an 8-5 record and 3.14 ERA in 1984, as the Cubs won the National League East. He went 11-9 in 1989, as the Cubs won their second division title in six years. Sanderson’s lone All-Star appearance came with the Yankees in 1991, when he finished 16-10 with a 3.81 ERA.
“Scotty was such a good guy,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who coached Sanderson with the Angels coaching staff. “Really thoughtful, kind, oh man, just a wonderful man.”
Sanderson became an agent upon retiring from baseball, and represented players such as Josh Beckett, Josh Hamilton and Todd Helton. He was a longtime Northbrook and Lake Forest, Ill., resident.