For a short while, Frank Tanana was a dominating pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 January 2010 at 9:48 am

Lefty starting pitcher Frank Tanana was a flame thrower with the Angels early on in his career. He gave the Angels and amazing 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation with Nolan Ryan. Tanana pitched 8 years for the Angels in which he appeared in 225 games (218 starts) and he was 102-78 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Tanana was at his best from 1975-1977 when he was a youngster (21-23 years old). During that time frame he pitched in 99 games (98 starts) for the Angels and he was 50-28 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has a amazing 59 complete games and 14 shutouts in those three seasons! Tanana was a three time All-Star with the Angels and he led the American League in strikeouts in 1975 with 269 of them. Tanana’s name is all over the record books for the Angels. He is #2 all-time in complete games (92) in team history, #2 in shutouts (42), #5 in games started (218), tied for #4 in wins (102), #6 in ERA (3.08), #3 in WHIP (1.17), #4 in innings pitched (1,615 1/3) and he is #4 in strikeouts (1,233). The heavy workload early in Tanana’s career really took his fastball away and he reinvented himself as a junkballing lefty and he had a very long and successful career after he left the Angels. But, his best pitching days of his career were definately with the Angels.

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