Rod Carew was an amazing hitter for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 5:22 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Rod Carew waved his bat around like a magic wand for the California Angels.  He played the first 12 years of his Hall of Fame career (he was elected in 1991) with the Minnesota Twins.  But, he played his last seven years of his career with the California Angels and he got his 3,000th hit of his career with them in his last year with the Angels back in 1985!  Carew played in 834 games in his seven years with the Angels and he was 968 of 3,080 (.314 avg, .784 OPS) with 474 runs scored, 18 homers, 282 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  He also played in 9 games in the playoffs for the Angels in which he was 10 for 34 (.294 avg) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Carew was an All-Star in six of his seven seasons with the Angels.  Carew’s best season for the Angels came back in 1980.  Carew played in 144 games for the Angels in 1980 and he was 179 of 540 (.331 avg, .833 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 3 homers, 59 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Rod Carew is still #2 in Angels’ history in both batting average (.314) and OBP (.393)!  He is also still #40 in SLG (.392), #21 in OPS (.784), #18 in games played (834), #15 in runs scored (474), #12 in hits (968), tied for #22 in doubles (140), tied for #16 in triples (22), #30 in RBI (282) and he is also #10 in walks (405) in Angels’ history!

Bob Boone was a great catcher for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 8:18 am

Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone was outstanding for the California Angels.  He played in 968 games in his 7 years with the Angels and he was 742 of 3,033 (.245 avg, .620 OPS) with 286 runs scored, 39 homers, 318 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  He also played in 12 games in the playoffs for the Angels and he was 14 of 38 (.368 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Boone was a Gold Glove Award winner for the Angels four times in his seven years with them.  He was a great handler of the Angels’ pitching staff and he had a big time right arm.  Boone was an All-Star in 1983 for the Angels.  He played in 142 games for the Angels in 1983 and he was 120 of 468 (.256 avg, .641 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 52 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  But, his best year with the Angels was his last one, in 1988.  Boone played in 122 games for the Angels in 1988 and he was 104 of 352 (.295 avg, .739 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 5 homers, 39 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Boone also won a Gold Glove Award in 1988.  Boone is still #12 in Angels’ history in games played with 968 of them.  He is also still #33 in runs scored (286), #24 in hits (742), #25 in doubles (115), #25 in RBIs (318) and he is still #27 in walks (232) in Angels’ history!

Bob Lee was a solid reliever a long time ago for the California Angels

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 9:44 am

Righty reliever Bob Lee was only with the California/Los Angeles Angels for a short time, but he made his mark with them.  Lee pitched in 194 games (5 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 20-16 with 58 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 272 hits and 131 walks while whiffing 246 batters in his 370 innings with the Angels.  Lee was an American League All-Star in 1965 for the Angels.  Lee pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1965 and he was 9-7 with 23 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lee gave up 95 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 89 batters in his 131 1/3 innings for the Angels in 1965.  Lee is still #9 in Angels’ history with his 58 saves!  He is also tied for #26 in games pitched (194) and he is #49 in strikeouts (246) in Angels’ history!

Garret Anderson was one of the best players in Los Angeles Angels’ history!

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:21 pm

Lefty swinging outfielder Garret Anderson was one of the best players in the history of the Los Angeles Angels.  He played in 2,013 games in his 15 years with the Angels and he was 2,368 of 7,989 (.296 avg, .796 OPS) with 1,024 runs scored, 272 homers, 1,292 RBIs and 78 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star three times for the Angels and he won two Silver Slugger Awards.  Anderson also played in 36 games in the post-season for the Angels and he was 36 of 147 (.245 avg, .661 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.  Anderson played in 7 games in the World Series in 2002 against the Giants (which the Angels won in 7 games) and he was 9 for 32 (.281 avg, .594 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Anderson’s best year came in 2003, when he played in 159 games for the Angels in which he was 201 of 638 (.315 avg, .885 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 29 homers, 116 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Between 2000-2003, Anderson averaged 87.0 runs scored, 30.3 homers, 119.8 RBIs and 8.0 stolen bases per season!  Anderson is still the Angels’ all-time leader in games played (2,013), hits (2,368), runs scored (1,024), doubles (489) and RBIs (1,292)!  He is also still tied for #4 in batting average (.296), tied for #42 in OBP (.327), tied for 10th in SLG (.469), #16 in OPS (.796), #4 in triples (35), #2 in homers (272), #19 in stolen bases (78) and #10 in walks (397) in Angels’ history!

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.

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