Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson
usaUnited States
Third base
Past Teams
Osseo Merchants
Chippewa River Baseball League

Class of 2022

3rd Baseman

Osseo Merchants 2005-14

A hard-hitting righty with a powerful and smooth stroke, Josh Anderson was a standout hitter and defender who exhibited dedication, tenacity and class during his ten seasons of play for the Osseo Merchants. A middle of the order bat, Anderson was also a sure-handed and tough corner infielder. After playing in a reserve role his first three seasons, Josh hit .353 (24 for 68) in 2008 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 15 runs scored. This was the beginning of a seven-year tear where the Mighty Merchant hit over .300 in six seasons. Included in that stretch was a peak of .390 (30 for 77) in 2012 during which he set career highs in hits (30), home runs (3), RBI’s (23) and runs scored (22). Deservedly, Anderson was given All-CRBL at 3rd base for that outstanding 2012 campaign. Remarkably, over his last four seasons, he hit a combined .363 (106 for 292) while averaging 7 doubles, 1 home run, 19 RBI’s and 18 runs scored. Josh’s thunderous bat was a major factor in Osseo’s path towards becoming a CRBL dynasty. Within Anderson’s 10 seasons, the Merchants qualified for the WBA seven times. His last season of 2014 coincided with Osseo’s first appearance in a CRBL championship game. As a 17 and 5 wildcard team, those Merchants dropped a 9-3 decision to their fellow wildcard and South Division rival Eau Claire Bears. Within that final season of 2014, Josh hit .364 (28 for 77) and set a career high in doubles with 9 on his way to securing his second All-CRBL award at 3rd base. In addition to his two All-CRBL awards at the hot corner, Anderson was also recognized as an Honorable Mention pick in 2011 as a 1st baseman, when he tied for the CRBL lead in hits with 27 while batting .360 (27 for 75) with 5 doubles and 12 RBI’s. Upon induction, Josh’s highest all-time rankings can be found in slugging percentage (34th), batting average (43rd) and OPS (43rd).