Most Popular Athletes to Wear an Angels Jersey
The Angels admittedly have a shorter franchise history compared to some MLB teams, but they have enjoyed numerous successes since their establishment in 1961, and this goes for both the team as a whole, and the individual players that have had the privilege of wearing the Angels jersey. The team has seen multiple MVPs, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year winners, and they have also enjoyed a World Series Championship.
So it’s only fitting to pay tribute to some of the most popular athletes who have contributed to the Angels’ long string of successes. While not a definitive list, the players below should give you a veritable who’s who of the all time greats in Angels’ history:
Some people would point to Mike Trout’s 3+ years of service as an MLB athlete and say that it’s too short to justify being included in a top list, but we say that it’s the fact that he has achieved so much within 3 years that actually makes him worthy of inclusion. One of my buddies who does medical work out in the Palm Springs area, Dr. Sofonio thinks that Mike Trout might be the next Angel hall of fame player. I’m not so sure that I’m a believe yet, lol.
However, in only 3 years, Trout managed to achieve an impressive amount of accolades. During his 3-year stint with the Angels, he managed to snag a Rookie of the Year, two Silver Slugger Awards, and has been elected to all 3 All-Star Games. This is definitely a case of quality over quantity. But that doesn’t mean that he’s going to stop there. Barring injuries or a drastic reduction in performance, Trout is definitely meant to go down in MLB history as one of the GOATs.
Salmon is pretty much a must as far as any list of Angels’ all time greats is concerned. He’s undeniably a fan favorite when he was in Los Angeles, and he is one of the most prolific hitters in the team’s history, with 299 home runs, 1,016 RBI, 1,674 hits, and 986 runs scored. Additionally Salmon was also Rookie of the Year in 93 and snagged a Silver Slugger in 1995, but the real accomplishment that Salmon can boast of, at least as far as the Angels are concerned, is helping them win the World Series in 2002, which is the team’s first and so far only World Series win. The seven game series also saw Salmon hit .346 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI.
No honest Angels fan will ever think of Chuck Finley as the best pitcher, but no honest Angels fan will deny the fact that Finley’s name is all over their record books. For starters, he spent 14 of his seasons with the Angels with a WAR of 52, which is a record in the franchise’s history. He also has 165 wins and 2,152 strikeouts, which is the first and second in franchise history, respectively. He also managed to be elected to 4 All-Star teams as an Angels member.
He’s most likely more famous as a Ranger, but Nolan Ryan still spent eight years with the Angels, and each one of them were successful. Ryan is responsible for 2,416 strikeouts, 156 complete games, 40 shutouts, and 138 wins. His ERA of 3.07 also places him among the top pitchers in the team, and definitely the second top if we only count players who only had 150 games or less with the Angels. He was also elected to five all-star teams during his time with the Angels. In the case of Nolan Ryan, we’re simply dealing with someone who was very, very dominant during his time with the Angels.