Saturday, June 4, 2011

Los Angeles Angels

1B  Rod Carew – Still a great hitter when he moved to California; batted .300 five straight seasons for the Angels (1979-83).
2B  Bobby Grich – Slugging average topped .400 seven times for the Angels; led AL in HRs in ’81.
SS  Jim Fregosi – Six-time All-Star for California; won Gold Glove in ’67; led AL in triples in ’68.
3B  Troy Glaus – Led AL with 47 HRs in 2000; three consecutive 100+ RBI seasons; 2002 World Series MVP.
OF  Tim Salmon – RBI producer with five 30+ HR seasons; drew 90+ walks six times.
OF  Jim Edmonds – Batted .290 or better with 25+ HRs in 4 straight seasons for the Angels; Gold Glove defense in CF.
OF  Garret Anderson – Four consecutive 100-RBI seasons; slugged over .500 four times.
C  Bob Boone – Excellent defensive catcher (won four Gold Gloves for Angels); not a great hitter, though he did bat .295 in ’88.
DH  Vladimir Guerrero – Power hitter with five seasons above .300 and four seasons with 100+ RBI for the Angels; AL MVP in ’04.
Bench  Darin Erstad – Batted .295 or better four times (.355 in 2000); won three Gold Gloves.
Pitcher  Nolan Ryan – Won 19+ games four times; led AL in Ks seven times; tossed four no-hitters for the Halos.
Pitcher  Frank Tanana – Five straight seasons with 14+ wins; led AL with 2.54 ERA and seven shutouts in ’77.
Pitcher  Dean Chance – Led AL with 20 wins, 1.65 ERA, and 11 shutouts in ’65; delivered four other decent seasons to barely edge out Mike Witt.
Closer  Francisco Rodriguez – Five dominant seasons in the Angels pen; led AL in saves three times (62 in ’08); Percival (eight seasons with 30+ saves) is also a strong choice.

One of these guys was just hired as the head baseball coach for the University of Nebraska.

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