Brian Downing was the most unlikely lead-off hitter in Los Angeles Angels’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 9 January 2010 at 4:01 pm

When you are a ex-catcher playing left field and you have the nickname of the Incredible Hulk it seems unlikely that you would be batting lead-off but that’s exactly where Brian Downing batted in the line-up and it worked. The Angels batted him at the top of the line-up because of his batting eye as he had great plate discipline. Downing played in 1,661 games in his 13 years for the Angels and he was 1,588 for 5,854 (.271 avg, .813 OPS) with 889 runs scored, 222 homers, 846 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Downing walked 866 times for the Angels while whiffing 759 times which was part of the reason he was leading off. Downing is all over the all-time lists for the Angels as he is #3 in games played, #3 in hits, #8 in OPS, #3 in runs scored, #3 in homers, #3 in RBIs and #2 in walks. In summation, Downing is one of the most underrated players in Angels’ history.

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