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Dates and Angels Numbers

#1
Bengie Molina 2001-2005: Bengie Molina
  • Gold Glove (AL): 2002-03
  • World Series champion (2002)
  • 2x Willie Mac Award Winner
  • Hit for the cycle on 7/16/10

#2
Erick Aybar 2008-11: Erick Aybar
  • In game 4 of the 2009 ALCS, Aybar made a single non-glove hand catch to get a double play.
  • Aybar is the youngest brother (by 10 months) of Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Aybar.
  • In 2009, Aybar hit .312 (eight in the AL) and posted the fourth-best OPS (.776) of all AL shortstops.

#3
Orlando Palmeiro 1995-2002: Orlando Palmeiro
  • He was the fourth outfielder of the 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels team, batting .300 for the year.

#4
Bobby Grich 1977-86: Bobby Grich
  • In 17-years career Grich batted .266, with 224 home runs, 864 RBI, 1033 runs, 1833 hits, 320 doubles, 47 triples, 104 stolen bases, and a .371 on base percentage in 2008 games.
  • 6-time All-Star (1972, 1974, 1976, 1979-80, 1982)
  • 4-time Gold Glove (1973-76)
  • Twice Top 10 MVP (1974, 1979)
  • Led league in slugging average (1981)
  • Led league in home runs (1981)
  • First second baseman to lead AL in home runs since Nap Lajoie (1901) and in either league since Rogers Hornsby (1929).
  • Hit three consecutive home runs in a game (1974)
  • Set an AL 2B record with 484 putouts in a season (1974)
  • The first player elected to the Angels' Hall of Fame (1996)

#5
Brian Downing 1982-1990: Brian Downing
  • All-Star selection (1979)
  • Played the entire 1982 season without making an error
  • When he finally played his last game for the Angels after 13 seasons, he was their career leader in Games, At Bats, Runs, Hits, Total Bases, Doubles, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, and Bases on Balls
  • 2009 Angels Hall of Fame inductee

#6
J.T. Snow 1993-96: J.T. Snow
  • He won his first two of what would be six career Gold Gloves as a California Angel

#7
Rick Burleson 1981-84, 86: Rick Burleson
  • His first season with the Angels, he batted .293 with 33 RBIs and 53 runs scored while playing 109 of the Angels' 110 games during the strike shortened season
  • Following his playing career, Burleson coached for the Oakland Athletics (1991), Red Sox (1992-1993) and Angels (1995-1996).

#8
Kendrys Morales 2006-11: Kendrys Morales
  • Named AL Player of the Month in August 2009 when he drove in 33 runs in 28 games with 10 homers, batting .385 and slugging .734
  • May 29, 2010, Morales hit a walk-off grand slam
  • Surpassed Chili Davis' franchise record for the single season home run record by a switch-hitter with 29 and tied Davis' franchise record of four extra-base hits in a game

#9
Chone Figgins 2002-09: Chone Figgins
  • Figgins made his major league debut in 2002 for the World Series-winning Angels
  • Played two positions in the same game 24 times
  • Named team co-MVP of the 2005 season for the Angels
  • Figgins became the sixth Angel to hit for the cycle on September 16, 2006, in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

#10
Rex Hudler 1994-96: Rex Hudler
  • During his professional career (1978-1998), Hudler played for 18 different teams, including a 1993 stint in Japan. In 774 career major league games, Hudler registered a .261 average with 56 home runs and 169 RBI. His minor league career consisted of 1,083 games.
  • Hudler was also honored as the 2003 and 2005 Television Color Analyst by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters for his work on Angels broadcasts for KCAL and Fox Sports Net.

#11
Jim Fregosi 1963-71: Jim Fregosi
  • He made his first All-Star squad in 1964, batting .277. From 1964 to mid-1969, he teamed with second baseman Bobby Knoop to form one of the game's top double play combinations; with Knoop winning Gold Gloves from 1966-68, the two became only the third middle infield combination to win the honor in the same season (1967).
  • On July 28, 1964, he became the first Angel to hit for the cycle (and the only man to do so at Dodger Stadium until Orlando Hudson accomplished the feat in 2009), and he did so again on May 20, 1968.
  • In his 18-year career, Fregosi batted .265 with 1726 hits, 151 home runs, 844 runs, 706 RBI, 264 doubles, 78 triples, and 76 stolen bases in 1902 games played
  • Jim Fregosi's number 11 was retired by the Anaheim Angels in 1998.

#12
Mark Langston 1990-97: Mark Langston
  • Left-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners (1984-89), Montreal Expos (1989), California and Anaheim Angels (1990-97), San Diego Padres (1998) and Cleveland Indians (1999).
  • Langston compiled a career 179-158 record with 2464 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA in 2962.2 innings.
  • 4-time All-Star (1987, 1991-93)
  • 7-time AL Gold Glove (1987-88, 1991-95)
  • 3-time led league in strikeouts (1984, 1986-87)
  • Twice Top 10 Cy Young Award (1987, 1991)

#13
Maicer Izturis 2009-11: Maicer Izturis
  • Maicer Izturis is the half-brother of Cesar Izturis (BAL)
  • After Scot Shields' retirement following the 2010 season, as well as the trade of Juan Rivera to the Toronto Blue Jays, Izturis became the longest-tenured Angel.
  • In 2009, made six appearances in post-season including four starts at second base

#14
Mike Scioscia 2000-11: Manager Mike Scioscia
  • 2× All-Star selection (1989, 1990)
  • 3× World Series champion (1981, 1988, 2002)
  • 2× AL Manager of the Year (2002, 2009)
  • Under the leadership of Scioscia, the Angels ended their 15-year playoff drought in 2002, winning the AL Wild Card and ultimately winning the franchise's first World Series, a series that pitted the Angels against a San Francisco Giants team managed by Scioscia's former Dodgers teammate Dusty Baker. In winning the series, Scioscia became the 17th person to win a World Series as both a player and a manager (not including those who won as a player-manager).

#15
Tim Salmon 1992-2004, 2006: Tim Salmon
  • World Series champion (2002)
  • Silver Slugger Award winner (1995)
  • 1993 AL Rookie of the Year
  • 2002 AL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2002 Hutch Award

#16
Garret Anderson 1994-2008: Garret Anderson
  • He is the Angels' franchise leader in games played, at bats, hits, total bases, singles, doubles, grand slams, extra-base hits, career RBIs, single-game RBIs, and consecutive games (12) with an RBI.
  • Anderson was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 1990 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut on July 27, 1994
  • World Series Champion (2002)
  • 3x All-Star selection (2002, 2003, and 2005)
  • 2003 All-Star Game MVP
  • 2003 Home Run Derby winner
  • 2002 and 2003 AL Silver Slugger (OF)

#17
Darin Erstad 1999-2006: Darin Erstad
  • California Angels chose Erstad as the first pick overall in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft from the University of Nebraska. He made his major league debut the same year batting .284 over 57 games.
  • Erstad had a career season in 2000, when he finished eighth in the American League in MVP voting. That year, he led the American League in hits (240), singles (170) and at-bats (676); he was second in total bases (366) and third in runs (121). He also hit .355, finishing second in the batting race behind Nomar Garciaparra (.372), became the first player in Major League history to record 100 RBIs as a leadoff hitter, and won the AL Silver Slugger Award.
  • 2× All-Star selection (1998, 2000)
  • World Series champion (2002)
  • 3× Gold Glove Award winner (2000, 2002, 2004)
  • Silver Slugger Award winner (2000)

#18
Orlando Cabrera 2005-07: Orlando Cabrera
  • World Series champion (2004)
  • 2x Gold Glove Award winner (2001, 2007)
  • In 2007, Cabrera led qualified AL shortstops with a .983 fielding percentage and a league-low 11 errors earning him the American League Gold Glove for shortstop. Also, he stole 20 bases for the third straight year and the fifth time overall.
  • Cabrera had a 63-game on-base streak in early-through-mid 2006, which was among the top five streaks of all time
  • Cabrera also had a straight steal of home plate on July 2, 2006, the first such time it had happened by an Angels player since 1997. Not only was it a straight steal, but Cabrera scored without a throw.

#19
Scott Kazmir 2010: Scott Kazmir
  • Two time all star (2006 & 2008)
  • 900 career strikeouts in 870.1 innings pitched
  • 17 career 10+ strikeout games
  • Became youngest AL strikeout champion at age 23

#20
Juan Rivera 2009, 10: Juan Rivera
  • He finished the 2006 season with his best statistical year yet, batting .310 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI.
  • In 2009, He hit 25 home runs, batted for an average of .287, and had an on-base plus slugging of .810

#21
Wally Joyner 1986-91: Wally Joyner
  • During his rookie season in MLB with the California Angels, Joyner became a fan favorite and briefly inspired a sensation in which Anaheim Stadium was dubbed "Wally World".
  • Joyner was the starting first baseman in the 1986 All-Star Game, becoming the first rookie to be voted into the All-Star Game by the fans
  • Joyner and the Angels advanced to the 1986 ALCS, where they came within one strike of the franchise's first World Series

#22
David Eckstein 2001-04: David Eckstein
  • 2x All-Star selection (2005, 2006)
  • 2x World Series Champion (2002, 2006)
  • 2006 World Series MVP
  • 2006 Babe Ruth Award
  • 2005 Heart & Hustle Award
  • During the 2002 championship year, he led the major leagues with three grand slams, including grand slams in back-to-back games against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of which was a walk-off grand slam

#23
Scott Spiezio 2000-03: Scott Spiezio
  • 2× World Series Champion (2002, 2006)
  • He hit a 3-run home run in Game Six of the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, sparking the Angels to a dramatic come-from-behind victory
  • Spiezio's most productive overall season also came with the Angels in 2003, when he hit .265 with 16 home runs and 83 RBI.

#24
Dan Haren 2010-11: Dan Haren
  • 3-time All-Star (2007-2009)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (2007 & 2008)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (2005-2010)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (2008-2010)
  • In 13 games with the Angels to close out the 2010 season, Haren went 4-4 with 72 strikeouts and a 2.86 ERA
  • Haren had an impressive year in 2010 at the plate (unusual for a pitcher), posting a .364 batting average and .902 OPS with one home run in 55 at bats

#25
Peter Bourjos 2010-11: Peter Bourjos
  • Drafted by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft
  • Bourjos is currently considered the fastest player in the Angels system
  • Going into the 2010 season, he was named the second best prospect in the Angels system, the 'Fastest Baserunner', and the 'Best Defensive Outfielder' by Baseball America.

#26
Gene Autry "26th Man" Gene Autry
  • In 1960, when Major League Baseball announced plans to add an expansion team in Los Angeles, Autry-who had once declined an opportunity to play in the minor leagues-expressed an interest in acquiring the radio broadcast rights to the team's games. Baseball executives were so impressed by his approach that he was persuaded to become the owner of the franchise rather than simply its broadcast partner
  • The number 26 (as in 26th man) was retired by the Angels in Autry's honor. The chosen number reflected that baseball's rosters are 25-man strong, so Autry's unflagging support for his team made him the 26th member.
  • In 1972, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Autry is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one in each of the five categories maintained by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

#27
Vladimir Guerrero 2004-09: Vladimir Guerrero
  • 8-time All-Star
  • In 2008, logged .300 average and at least 25 home runs for the 11th consecutive campaign joining Lou Gehrig (1927-37) as the only two players in MLB history to do so
  • 321 career average ranks 4th among MLB actives (min. 3,000 AB)
  • 568 career slugging pct. is 5th best among actives
  • One of nine active players with 400 career HRs and one of eight actives with at least 400 HR and 2,000 hits
  • 319 career average as an Angel is best in club history...Second AL MVP in Angel history in 2004 (Don Baylor - 1979).

#28
Jose Molina 2001-07: Jose Molina
  • Older brother Bengie Molina, who is the catcher for the Texas Rangers, and his younger brother Yadier Molina, also a catcher, who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. They are the only three brothers in MLB history to all win World Series championship rings
  • 2x World Series champion (2002, 2009)
  • In 2005, Molina hit a career-best six home runs, and tied his career-high with 25 RBI, as he hit .306 against lefties.
  • In 2004, he threw out 22 of 45 base stealers (48.89%), tops in the AL (minimum of 40 attempts). He also led AL catchers with five pickoffs in 2004, despite only 57 starts. In 2005, he caught more than half of those who attempted to steal against him, again the best percentage in the AL.

#29
Rod Carew 1979-85: Rod Carew
  • He played from 1967 to 1985 for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels
  • In 1991, Carew was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 18× All-Star selection (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
  • 1977 AL MVP
  • 1967 AL Rookie of the Year
  • 1977 Roberto Clemente Award
  • Minnesota Twins #29 retired
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim #29 retired
  • On August 4, 1985, Carew joined an elite group of ballplayers when he got his 3,000th base hit against Minnesota Twins left-hander Frank Viola at the former Anaheim Stadium
  • Carew finished his career with 3,053 hits and a lifetime batting average of .328
  • Signing with the Angels prior to the 1979 season, Carew led the club in batting five times (1980-1983 &1985) and batted above .300 for the Halos in five consecutive seasons from 1979-1983

#30
Nolan Ryan 1972-79: Nolan Ryan
  • Nolan Ryan, who became the 20th pitcher in major league history to win 300 games (July 31, 1990 at Milwaukee) and owns a major league record seven no-hitters and 5,714 strikeouts was inducted and had his uniform No. 30 retired, June 16, 1992.
  • Ryan appeared with the Angels from 1972-79, compiling a 138-121 record and 3.06 ERA in 291 games.
  • Ryan tossed four of his no-hitters with the Angels and holds or shares 20 club records, including career wins, starts (288), complete games (156), innings pitched (2,182), shutouts (40) and strikeouts (2,416).
  • 1977, he was selected "A.L. Pitcher of the Year"
  • He was originally acquired by California, Dec. 10, 1971
  • Ryan's career spanned 27 seasons, the most in major league history
  • Ryan was named to eight All-Star teams (five with California) and appeared in five games, including as starting pitcher for the American League in 1979 in Seattle.
  • He was inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, July 25, 1999.

#31
Chuck Finley 1986-99: Chuck Finley
  • Finley is best known for his long career with the Angels, during which he won more than 15 games six times
  • His finest season was in 1990, when he won 18 games to just 9 losses and posted a 2.40 ERA
  • Finley is the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to record 4 strikeouts in a single inning more than once; he accomplished the feat 3 times.
  • Finley was selected by the Angels in the 15th round of the 1984 amateur draft out of Northeast Louisiana University, but he did not sign. The Angels chose him again in the 1st round (4th pick) of the secondary phase of the 1985 amateur draft.
  • On April 9, 2009, Finley was to be inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame along with former teammate Brian Downing
  • On July 11, 2010, Finley was the winning pitcher in the 2010 Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Angel Stadium.
  • 5-time AL All-Star (1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 & 2000)
  • AL Innings Pitched Leader (1994)
  • AL Complete Games Leader (1993)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 7 (1989-1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 & 2000)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 9 (1990-1993, 1995, 1996 & 1998-2000)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 3 (1996, 1998 & 1999)