Jim Abbott was an inspiration to many for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 5:37 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but that didn’t stop him from getting to the major leagues and pitching well when he got there.  He would have his mitt on his stump when throwing the ball and he would flip it only his left hand to field the ball.  He burst onto the scene in 1990 with the Angels and he finished 5th in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.  Abbott pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Angels in 1990 and he was 12-12 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  But, his best season in the majors came in 1991 with the Angels, when he finished 3rd in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young Award.  Abbott pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Angels in 1991 and he was 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Abbott pitched in 165 games (161 starts) in his six years with the Angels and he was 54-74 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Abbott might not have had the best record in his major league career, but he did throw a no-hitter with the Yankees and he proved that you can literally do anything when you put your mind to it.

Jim Edmonds was a really good all-around player for the Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 21 April 2013 at 4:32 pm

Lefty swinging CF Jim Edmonds started his career playing for the California Angels and he also played for the Los Angeles Angels in his 7 years with the franchise.  He played in 709 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 768 for 2,644 (.290 avg, .856 OPS) with 464 runs scored, 121 homers, 408 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  His best year with the Angels and his only All-Star appearance for the Angels came back in 1995.  He played in 141 games in 1995 for the California Angels and he was 162 of 558 (.290 avg, .888 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 33 homers, 107 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Edmonds also had another solid year in 1998 for the Angels.  He played in 154 games in 1998 for the Angels and he was 184 of 599 (.307 avg, .874 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 25 homers, 91 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Edmonds was also one of the best defensive outfielders in Angels’ history as he won 2 Gold Gloves for them.  Edmonds is still #9 in Angels’ history in batting average (.290) and he is also #3 in OPS (.856).

Mike Witt was a pretty solid pitcher for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 10:45 am

Righty starting pitcher Mike Witt was a pretty solid pitcher for the Angels. He pitched 10 years for the Angels, working in 314 games (272 starts) in which he was 109-107 with 6 saves, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. His best season for the Angels came back in 1986, when he finished 3rd in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Witt pitched in 34 games (all starts) in 1986 and he was 18-10 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He was a workhorse in 1986 as he threw 14 complete games (3 shutouts). He threw 269 innings in 1986, allowing only 218 hits and 73 walks while whiffing 208 batters. Witt made it to two All-Star Teams in his 10 years with the Angels. Witt is #3 in games started (272), wins (109), innings pitched (1,965 1/3), strikeouts (1,283) and complete games (70) in Angels’ history. He is also #5 in games pitched (314) and #10 in shutouts (10) in Angels’ history.

1B Wally Joyner was a solid player for the then California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 May 2012 at 4:15 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Wally Joyner hit the ground running as he finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year Voting in 1986, while also making the All-Star team and finishing 8th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award. Joyner played in 154 games for the Angels in 1986 and he was 172 for 593 (.290 avg, .805 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 22 homers, 100 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Joyner followed up his solid rookie season with an even better encore in 1987. Joyner played in 149 games for the Angels in 1987 and he was 161 of 564 (.285 avg, .894 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 34 homers, 117 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Joyner also walked more times (72) than he whiffed (64) in 1987 for the Angels. He finished only 13th in the MVP Voting in 1987, despite the numbers he put up. Joyner played in 899 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 961 for 3,356 (.286 avg, .801 OPS) with 469 runs scored, 117 homers, 532 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Joyner is tied for 10th in batting average (.286) in Angels’ history. Joyner is also #10 in doubles (175) and #9 in RBIs (532) in Angels’ history.

Leon Wagner was a solid outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 1:44 pm

Lefty swinging LF/RF Leon Wagner was only with the Angels for three short seasons early on in their existence, but he made his mark. Wagner played in 442 games in his three years with the Angels and he was 451 of 1,615 (.279 avg, .831 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 91 homers, 276 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. His best year came back in 1962 with the Angels. Wagner played in 160 games for the Angels in 1962 and he was 164 of 612 (.268 avg, .826 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 37 homers, 107 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Wagner was an American League All-Star in 1962 and he finished 4th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award. Wagner’s 37 homers in 1962 tie him with Bobby Bonds for the 5th highest one year total in Angels’ history.

Bobby Grich was a very solid 2B for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 23 June 2011 at 7:47 am

Righty swinging 2B Bobby Grich was as tough as they come. He always seemed to be dirty as he was a very tough guy. His best year with the Angels came back in 1979 when he made the All-Star team while finishing 8th in the voting for the MVP Award. Grich played in 153 games in 1979 and he was 157 for 534 (.294 avg, .903 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 30 homers, 101 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Grich played in 1,222 games in his 10 years with the Angels and he was 1,103 of 4,100 (.269 avg, .806 OPS) with 601 runs scored, 154 homers, 557 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Grich is #6 in Angels’ history in games played with 1,222. He is also #6 in hits (1,103), #6 in runs scored (601), #8 in doubles (183), #7 in homers (154), #7 in RBIs (557) and #3 in walks (630) in Angels’ history. Grich made it to 3 All-Star teams and he won 1 Silver Slugger Award in his 10 years with the Angels.

Troy Percival was probably the best reliever in Los Angeles/California Angels’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at 10:05 pm

The Angels knew they really had something with righty reliever Troy Percival during his rookie year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1995 and he was 3-2 with 3 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He only gave up 37 hits in 74 innings in 1995 and he had 94 whiffs. The Angels thought enough of him to make him the closer in 1996 and the rest is history. Percival’s best season came back in 2002 when he worked in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels in which he was 4-1 with 40 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He only gave up 38 hits in his 56 1/3 innings that year while whiffing 68 batters. Percival pitched in 579 games (0 starts) in his 10 years with the Angels and he was 29-38 with 316 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He whiffed 680 batters in only 586 2/3 innings with the Angels while only allowing 393 hits, which shows just how dominating he was. Percival is still the Angels’ all-time leader in saves (316) and games pitched (579.

Bo Jackson finished his major league career with the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 21 May 2011 at 3:28 pm

47-year old Bo Jackson was a freak of nature for a while as he was a good baseball player with the Royals and an outstanding running back with the Raiders…..at the same time. Eventually, though his body gave out in 1990 when he took a hit on the hip against the Cincinnati Bengals. He wound up needing a hip replacement. He fought his way back to the majors, but he never played football again. The last season of his major league career was spent with the California Angels and he did a good job for them. He played in 75 games for the Angels in 1993 and he was 56 for 201 (.279 avg, .851 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 13 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jackson proved that he could overcome all odds to get back to the majors and that is something that has always stuck in my mind about him.

Don Baylor wasn’t with the California Angels long but he made his mark

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 2:47 pm

Giant righty swinging OF/DH Don Baylor really made a good impression in his six years with the Angels. In 1979, Baylor was a beast as he made the All-Star team while winning the American League MVP Award. Baylor playe din 162 games in 1979 for the Angels and he was 186 of 628 (.296 avg, .901 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 36 homers, 139 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Baylor led the majors in both runs scored and RBIs in 1979. He also showed stunning discipline for a power hitter as he walked 71 times in 1979 while only whiffing 51 times. Baylor only played six years for the Angels but he played in 824 games in which he was 813 of 3,105 (.262 avg, .785 OPS) with 481 runs scored, 141 homers, 523 RBIs and 89 stolen bases. Baylor is #8 for the Angels all-time in homers with 141 and he’s also #10 in RBIs with 523.

Bert Blyleven gets elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 January 2011 at 9:03 pm

59-year old starting pitcher Bert Blyleven has been elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Blyleven pitched in 81 games (80 starts) in three years with the California Angels (1989-1992) and he was 33-24 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Blyleven finished his career with the Angels and he was pretty solid for them. In 1989, at the age of 38, Blyleven started 33 games in which he was 17-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He finished in 4th place for the A.L. Cy Young Award in 1989 for the Angels. Blyleven pitched in 692 games (685 starts) in his 22 years in the majors and he was 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

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