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Sep 2, 2014 1:39 AM by Paul Cicala, KVOA Sports Director

Former Santa Rita multi-sport star continues to excel in pro baseball

Back in 1992, Anthony Sanders was an all-everything recruit for the U of A football team. As a quarterback at Santa Rita High School, he was a dual threat (as a signal-caller that could both -run- and -throw- the ball). However, he passed up the opportunity to smack helmets at the college level in order to pursue a dream of playing pro baseball.

Sanders not only achieved that dream with stints in the Major Leagues (Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners); he also won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in baseball; and he suited up in the all-competitive Japanese leagues.

I'd say Anthony Sanders made the right choice to pursue baseball over football. And, the still-humble, proud Tucson native continues to make a name for himself in America's pastime, now as an accomplished coach with the Colorado Rockies organization.

After a handful of seasons as an assistant coach, Sanders is now making a name for himself as a Minor League manager.

This season, the former Santa Rita star led the rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies to the best record in the Pioneer League (leading the division with 40 victories). That accomplishment, earned Sanders the honor of being selected to manage the Pioneer League All-Star team.

And, the year before, Sanders hit the managerial world with a bang--leading the 2013 Grand Junction Rockies to a post-season birth in the Pioneer league.

Look out for bigger things to come for Anthony Sanders, who still calls the Old Pueblo home. KVOA News 4 Tucson sends a big CONGRATULATIONS to Anthony Sanders - a Tucson native continuing to make the Old Pueblo proud.

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