Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim All Time Starting Lineup

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came in the league in 1961 as the Los Angeles Angels. Over the years they have been known as the Los Angeles Angels (1961-1964), California Angels (1965-1996), Anaheim Angels (1997-2004), as we know them today the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-Present). The organization has made 10 playoff appearances, won 1 pennant, and 1 world championship. They have retired 5 numbers. Jim Fregosi (11), Gene Autry (26), Rod Carew (29), Nolan Ryan (30), and Jimmie Reese (50).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Lance Parrish, 1990

Key Stats: 4.4 WAR, .268/.338/.451, 54 R, 126 H, 24 HR, 70 RBI, .789 OPS, 1.7 dWAR, 47% CS

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger

 

First Base

Kendrys Morales

Kendrys Morales, 2009

Key Stats: 4.3 WAR, .306/.355/.569, 86 R, 173 H, 43 2B, 34 HR, 108 RBI, .924 OPS, 322 TB, 10 IBB, 8 DRS

Awards: 5th in MVP

 

Second Base

Bobby Grich, 1979

Key Stats: 5.9 WAR, .294/.365/.537, 78 R, 157 H, 30 2B, 5 3B, 30 HR, 101 RBI, 59 BB, .903 OPS, 12 SH, 10 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, 8th in MVP

 

Third Base

Troy Glaus

Troy Glaus, 2000

Key Stats: 7.8 WAR, .284/.404/.604, 120 R, 160 H, 37 2B, 47 HR (1st AL), 102 RBI, 14 SB, 112 BB, 1.008 OPS, 340 TB, 1.8 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger

 

Shortstop

Jim Fregosi

Key Stats: 7.7 WAR, .278/.353/.459, 95 R, 167 H, 33 2B, 5 3B, 22 HR, 82 RBI, 69 BB, .812 OPS, 2.4 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star

 

Left Field

Darin Erstad

Darin Erstad, 2000

Key Stats: 8.3 WAR, .355/.409/.541, 121 R, 240 H (1st AL), 39 2B, 6 3B, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 28 SB, 64 BB, .951 OPS, 366 TB, 2.2 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 8th in MVP

 

Center Field

Mike Trout

Key Stats: 10.8 WAR (1st AL), .326/.399/.564, 129 R (1st AL), 182 H, 27 2B, 8 3B, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB (1st AL), 67 BB, .963 OPS, 315 TB, 2.1 dWAR, 21 DRS

Awards: AL All-Star, AL Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, 2nd in MVP

 

Right Field

Vladimir Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero, 2004

Key Stats: 5.6 WAR, .337/.391/.598, 124 R (1st AL), 206 H, 39 2B, 2 3B, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 15 SB, .989 OPS, 366 TB (1st AL), 14 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, AL MVP

 

Designated Hitter

Tim Salmon, 1995

Key Stats: 6.6 WAR, .330/.429/.594, 111 R, 177 H, 34 2B, 3 3B, 34 HR, 105 RBI, 91 BB, 1.024 OPS, 319 TB

Awards: Silver Slugger, 7th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Dean Chance, 1964

Key Stats: 9.3 WAR (1st AL), 20 Wins (1st AL), 1.65 ERA (1st AL), 2.39 FIP (1st NL), 15 CG (1st AL), 11 SHO (1st AL), 278 1/3 IP (1st AL), 207 K, 0.2 HR/9 (1st AL), .195 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, AL CY Young, 5th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan, 1973

Key Stats: 7.7 WAR, 21 Wins, 2.87 ERA, 2.49 FIP, 26 CG, 4 SHO, 326 IP, 383 K (1st AL), 1.227 WHIP, 10.6 K/9 (1st AL), .203 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 2nd in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Frank Tanana, 1975

Key Stats: 7.4 WAR, 16 Wins, 2.62 ERA, 2.49 FIP (1st AL), 16 CG, 5 SHO, 257 1/3 IP, 269 K (1st AL), 1.104 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 (1st AL), 3.68 K/BB, .226 BAA

Awards: 4th in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Mark Langston

Mark Langston, 1993

Key Stats: 8.7 WAR, 16 Wins, 3.20 ERA, 3.58 FIP, 7 CG, 256 1/3 IP, 196 K, 1.190 WHIP, .234 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove

 

Starting Pitcher

Mike Witt

Mike Witt, 1986

Key Stats: 6.2 WAR, 18 Wins, 2.84 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 14 CG, 3 SHO, 269 IP, 208 K, 1.082 WHIP, .221 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 3rd in CY Young

 

Closer

Bryan Harvey, 1991

Key Stats: 3.4 WAR, 46 SV (1st AL), 1.60 ERA, 1.97 FIP, 67 G, 78 2/3 IP, 101 K, 0.864 WHIP, 11.6 K/9, 5.94 K/BB, .178 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 5th in CY Young

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2 thoughts on “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim All Time Starting Lineup

  1. This really shows how useless WAR is. Look at Guerrero’s numbers to Trout’s and tell me why Guerrero has half the WAR yet lead his team to a division title and carried the team on O and D for most of the year, his numbers are better in most stats, often by a lot. Stupid, useless, biased stat.

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    • DSC, I do think that it is an overrated stat I don’t think its useless. WAR doesn’t factor in true counting stats (HR, RBI, etc). It uses sabermetrics none of which I included. If you haven’t I would encourage you to go to fangraphs or baseballreference and read about the stat and how its calculated before completely dismissing it.

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