Greatest Angels Sluggers of All-Time
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Whether or not you choose to call this team the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, Anaheim Angels, or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, they are and have been the Angels since becoming an expansion MLB franchise in 1961. Since then, the team has fielded some great teams, even though they have one World Series title to show for it, in 2002. Here is a Top 10 list of home run leaders in Angels' history:
Tim Salmon (299)-Outfielder/DH Tim Salmon played his entire career for the Angels, from 1992 to 2006. He won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1993, hitting .283 with 31 homers and 95 RBI. Salmon ranks first all-time in team history with 299 home runs, and his best season was 1995, when he drove in 105 runs, and had career bests in homers (34) and batting average (.330).
Garrett Anderson (265)-Like Salmon, Garrett Anderson has played his entire career with the Angels, from 1994 until now, where he still roams the outfield and occasionally is the DH. Anderson has 265 lifetime homers, ranking him second with the franchise. Though Anderson hit .352 as a rookie, his best overall offensive season was 2000, when he batted .307 with 35 homers and 117 runs batted in.
Brian Downing (222)-Brian Downing was a great player at several positions, and had a great bat too. He ranks third in Angels' history with 222 home runs, having played there from 1978 to 1990. Downing's best season with the team was 1987, when he batted .272 with a career high 29 homers and 77 RBI.
Troy Glaus (182)-Third baseman Troy Glaus played his first seven seasons with the Angels, from 1998 to 2004, and was the World Series MVP in 2002. Glaus hit 182 homers during his stint with the Angels and his best season was 2000, when he hit .284 with 47 home runs (career high) and 102 RBI. Glaus currently (2008) plays for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chili Davis (156)-Outfielder Chili Davis had a very steady 19-year career, and played for the Angels from 1988 to 1990, and then again from 1993 to 1996. Davis ranks fifth in Angels' history with 156 home runs, and his best season with the team was 1996, when he batted .292 with 28 homers and 95 RBI.
Bobby Grich (154)-Second baseman Bobby Grich began his career in Baltimore, and played on those great Orioles' teams of the early ‘70's. He then played the rest of his career (1977-1986) with the Angels. Grich ranks sixth all-time in Angels' history with 154 homers. His best season with them was 1979, when he hit .294 with 30 home runs and 101 runs batted in - all incredible numbers from the second base position.
Vladamir Guerrero (146)-Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero toiled away in Montreal for a few seasons, before going to the limelight of Los Angeles in 2004, where he still plays. Guerrero has 146 career homers in an Angels' uniform in four-plus seasons, and if he plays a few more years in L.A. he may challenge Tim Salmon for the top spot. Guerrero's best season with the team was his MVP year of 2004, when he batted .337 with 39 homers and 126 RBI.
Don Baylor (141)-Don Baylor had a very successful 19-year career with a few different teams, and played for the Angels from 1977 to 1982. Baylor ranks eighth all-time for the Angels in homers, with 141. His best season there was 1979. That year, Baylor took home the AL MVP Award by batting .296 with career highs in home runs (36) and RBI (139).
Doug DeCinces (130)-Third Baseman Doug DeCinces had the distinction of being the guy who took over for the great Brooks Robinson in Baltimore. He was traded to the Angels in 1982 and played there until 1987, shortly retiring thereafter. DeCinces hit 130 career homers for the Angels, and his best season there was 1982, when he finished third in the AL MVP voting. That season, DeCinces had career high numbers in batting average (.301), home runs (30) and runs batted in (97).
Reggie Jackson (123)-With 563 lifetime homers, Reggie Jackson ranks eleventh in baseball history in that category. And while he only played for the Angels from 1982 to 1986, Jackson ranks tenth in team history with 123 long balls. Jackson had his best season in an Angels' uniform in 1982 when he hit .275 with 39 homers and 101 RBI.