While the Los Angeles Angels have changed their team name several times, that’s the least of their concerns here. Mike Trout is the best player in today’s game and on this list though he’s receiving relatively little help in both situations. Darin Erstad is a good leadoff option though surely doesn’t stack up to the other base stealers in other lineups. A trio of power bats follow Trout though their track records don’t stack up to the sluggers of other teams either. Rounding out the lineup and infield are a bunch of long time Angels who may be fan favorites but may not necessarily help out the team a whole lot.
1. Darin Erstad, 1B (L)
2. Mike Trout, CF (R)
3. Vladimir Guerrero, DH (R)
4. Garrett Anderson, LF (L)
5. Tim Salmon, RF (R)
6. Troy Glaus, 3B (R)
7. Bobby Grich, 2B (R)
8. Jim Fregosi, SS (R)
9. Bob Boone, C (R)
Jered Weaver, P (R)
Manager: Mike Scioscia
1982-88: 286 Runs, 39 HR, 318 RBI, 11 SB, .245 BA/.297 OBP/.323 SLG
While most of his career was spent with the Phillies, Bob Boone is the Angels best bet at the catcher position. He rated very well as a defensive backstop and during his time with the then California Angels, 4 Gold Gloves and was selected to a lone All Star appearance in 1983. With the bat, Boone was never know for his hitting ability as he often struggled to hit for a decent average during his tenure. He dropped off from his years in Philadelphia and was no longer the bat he was earlier in his career. While his 1988 season did save his offensive career with the Angels, his defense is what we’ll be relying on.
Honorable Mentions:Mike Napoli, Bengie Molina
1996-06: 818 Runs, 114 HR, 625 RBI, 170 SB, .286 BA/.341 OBP/.416 SLG
During Darin Erstad’s time with the Angels, they changed their name three separate times, from California Angels to Anaheim Angels, and then to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For his career, Erstad has fairly mixed results though speed was always a constant factor. He had a career year in 2000 when he led the league in hits but fell dramatically in 2001. Overall, he was a consistent bat that could score runs but everything else was largely a mystery. His power numbers fluctuated between 4 and 25 homers per year and the batting averages was usually up one year and down the next.
Honorable Mentions: Wally Joyner, Albert Pujols
1977-86: 601 Runs, 154 HR, 557 RBI, 27 SB, .269 BA/.370 OBP/.436 SLG
After coming over from baltimore, Bobby Grinch took over at the shortstop spot for one season and found relatively little success. The following year, he was moved back to his natural position of second and immediately began hitting once again. While his legs were no longer helping him be the base stealer he was in his youth, Grinch developed power in his bat and would go on to hit more than twice the amount of homers he had in Baltimore. While not the best bat, he did provide some steady defense at the position and makes for an intriguing power option for the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Howie Kendrick, Adam Kennedy, Bobby Knoop
1961-71: 691 Runs, 115 HR, 546 RBI, 71 SB, .268 BA/.340 OBP/.403 SLG
There’s probably some debate at the shortstop position as both Jim Fregosi and Gary Disarcina were great at the position. However, while Disarcina great at defense, he never developed much in his offensive game and thus, will be demoted to our honorable mentions. On the other hand, Fregosi was an equally excellent defender and good source of both average and power. He had his best year in 1970 though he would never quite live up to his potential. He had a shortened 1971 year and would depart the Angels after that.
Honorable Mentions: Erick Aybar, Andrelton Simmons, Dick Schofield
1998-04: 523 Runs, 182 HR, 515 RBI, 49 SB, .254 BA/.357 OBP/.497 SLG
Troy Glaus debuted in 1998 with fairly lackluster results but in his second season, he showed his true potential. Glaus became one of the best power hitters early in his career and would fit perfectly in today’s era. The slugging third baseman was largely offensively oriented and didn’t rate that well defensively. The batting averages were always good though never elite. However, his calling card was his power and ability to both score and collect RBIs. There’s also a speed element to his game that may be unnoticed to most, considering he’s a power bat.
Honorable Mentions: Chone Figgins, Doug DeCinces
1994-08: 1,024 Runs, 272 HR, 1,292 RBI, 78 SB, .296 BA/.327 OBP/.469 SLG
Garret Anderson was an almost lifelong Angel before finishing out his career in the National League. During his tenure, Anderson was a great middle of the order bat who hit for both average and power. The 3 time All Star and 3 time Silver Slugger played an integral part in the 2002 World Series run as he led the league in doubles and would go on to have possibly his best season in the bigs. He’ll make for a great #3 bat as he slots right in the middle of the Angels’ dangerous right handed bats.
Honorable Mentions: Brian Downing, Albie Pearson
2011-19: 896 Runs, 282 HR, 746 RBI, 199 SB, .2306 BA/.419 OBP/.582 SLG
There’s no denying Mike Trout’s skills on the field and his charismatic personality off it. In 9 years, he’s already won Rookie of the Year, been to the All Star Game 8 times, won Silver Slugger Awards 3 times, and has 2 MVP trophies. Not to mention, Trout’s placed second in MVP voting on three separate occasions and each time, there’s a case to be made that he should’ve won. That’s just how good he is. He’s a player that can do anything asked of him on the field and his skillset is only just getting better each year. The only question for him is whether he can get more help from his teammates on the All Time team that he gets in real life.
Honorable Mentions: Jim Edmonds, Gary Pettis
1992-06: 986 Runs, 299 HR, 1,016 RBI, 48 SB, .282 BA/.385 OBP/.498 SLG
Playing alongside Trout is his counterpart, Tim Salmon. Looking at his stats, Salmon was so close to achieving 1,000 runs and 300 career homers but an injury knocked him out of the 2005 season and prevented him from reaching those milestones. Nevertheless, he is one of the best bats the Angels have ever had in their outfield and shouldn’t have a problem covering right field. He brings another power hitting bat and should knock a bunch of guys in following the Angels’ primary RBI machines.
Honorable Mentions: Torii Hunter, Kole Calhoun
2004-09: 544 Runs, 173 HR, 616 RBI, 52 SB, .319 BA/.381 OBP/.546 SLG
Vladimir Guerrero is the pick at designated hitter after coming over from the Expos. He brings a great power bat to the team and that hits for average and covers the entire plate. During his time with the Angels, he won 5 Silver Slugger awards and was selected to 5 All Star teams. Did I mention that he captured his only MVP trophy in his first year with Anaheim? Needless to say, Guerrero is a valuable addition to the lineup that will be the primary RBI man for the Angels.
2006-16: 150-93 Record, 3.55 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.4 BB/9
While Chuck Finley should probably be the pick here based on his entire career pedigree and what he was able to do over his 14 year run with the team, the pick at pitcher is instead, Jered Weaver. For his career, weaver was a pitcher that heavily relied on strikeouts and limiting the amount of hard contact given up. For a stretch from 2010 to 2012, he was among the elite group of starters and placed top 5 in Cy Young voting every season. He was utterly dominant during those years though fell off after the 2014 season. He’s the potential pick on this team and if he continued his dominance, he would be the clear pick here.
Honorable Mentions: Chuck Finley, Mark Langston, Frank Tanana
For over 3,000 games, Mike Scioscia led the Angels and compiled the best winning percentage in team history. Additionally, he’s captured Manager of the Year Awards in both 2002 and 2009 while helping the club win their first and only World Series in 2002. He called it a career at the end of last season and will forever be remembered as the manager that turned Angels baseball around.
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