Los Angeles Angels: 50 Greatest All-Time Players
This proud franchise has had a lot of star power come and go throughout its rich 51-season history. They have made the postseason on nine occasions. Unfortunately, the Angels only have one World Series title to show for it, in 2002.
They were recently named by ESPN as No. 4 on its "Ultimate Team" rankings, ahead of every other baseball team.
They have been known as the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels and simply the Los Angeles Angels.
The current roster boasts six players on the All-Time list compiled in the following slideshow.
This list was compiled by tabulating each Angel's collected "Wins Above Replacement" statistic, available at www.baseball-reference.com.
50. Geoff Zahn (1981-1985, WAR: 9.3)
In 1982, Zahn went 18-8 with a 3.73 ERA, coming in sixth in the Cy Young Award voting. He also regularly appeared on the league leaderboard for complete games and shutouts.
He was released by the Angels after the 1985 season. He went 52-42, 3.64 for California with 42 complete games and 13 shutouts in his five seasons.
49. Erick Aybar (2006-Present, WAR: 9.3)
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Aybar signed on with the Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002. He made his league debut in 2006.
In 2009, Abyar, a shortstop, hit .312, good for eighth in the AL, and also had 58 RBI.
In 627 games through six seasons, Aybar has hit .275. He has also stolen more bases in each successive season, with 29 to date in the 2011 season. He also has reached a career high with 10 home runs.
48. Gary DiSarcina (1990-2000, WAR: 9.6)
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DiSarcina, a shortstop, was drafted in the sixth round of the 1988 amateur draft by California. He made his Major League debut in 1989, and would play his entire 12-season Major League career with the Angels.
He showed a lot of patience at the plate, rarely striking out, however, his true value was in his excellent defensive skills. With a career fielding percentage of .973, the Angels always had solid defense at shortstop.
Over 1,086 games, DiSarcina hit .258, striking out only 306 times in 4,032 plate appearances.
Since retiring, he has been associated with the Boston Red Sox as a minor league coach and as a broadcaster with NESN.
47. Clyde Wright (1966-1973, WAR: 9.9)
Wright, or "Skeeter," was drafted by California in the sixth round of the 1965 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut in 1966, posting a 4-7 record.
In 1970, Wright made his only All-Star appearance, posting a 22-12 record with an ERA of 2.83, good for third in the AL.
He compiled an 87-85 record for the Angels with a 3.28 ERA. He only allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings.
46. Don Aase (1978-1984, WAR: 10.0)
Aase, a right-handed starter and reliever, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1972 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Red Sox, arriving in California via trade before the 1978 season.
Aase started 78 games over his first three seasons with the Angels, posting a 28-31 record with a 4.31 ERA. In 1981 he converted to a full-time reliever, and would never again make a Major League start.
In 192 games over six seasons with the Angels, Aase totalled a 39-39 record, 27 saves, an ERA of 3.91 and a 1.435 WHIP.
45. Rick Reichardt (1964-1970, WAR: 10.1)
Reichardt signed with the Angels as an amateur free agent in 1964 and made his Major League debut later that season.
He first made his mark on the AL in 1966, hitting .288 with 16 home runs.
1968 was another good statistical campaign for Reichardt, as he hit .255, setting career highs with 21 home runs and 73 RBI.
In 563 games over seven California seasons, Reichardt hit .261, regularly appearing among the AL leaders in HBPs.
44. Fred Lynn (1981-1984, WAR: 10.3)
Lynn was drafted in the second round of the 1973 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. He would spend his first seven Major League seasons with Boston before being traded to the Angels before the 1981 season.
A center fielder, Lynn made the All-Star team his first three seasons in an Angels uniform. In 1982, he was voted the ALCS MVP by hitting .611 with three extra base hits and five RBIs in five games.
Lynn totalled 473 games over four seasons with the Angels. He hit .271 with 71 home runs and 270 RBIs.
43. George Brunet (1964-1969, WAR: 10.4)
Although he played for a number of teams, the bulk of his career was spent with the Angels. In 1965, he finished fourth in the AL with a 2.56 ERA, posting a 9-11 record in the process.
A decent pitcher with a relatively low WHIP of 1.202 and a good ERA of 3.13, Brunet suffered from nonexistent run support throughout his career, posting a 54-69 California record.
42. Bobby Knoop (1964-1969, WAR: 10.4)
Knoop signed an amateur free agent contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956. It would be eight seasons before he made his Major League debut.
In 1964, Knoop opened the season in Los Angeles and played all 162 games. He would win three Gold Gloves at second base for the Angels, from 1966-1968. He also made the All-Star team in 1968 when he hit .249 for the team.
In 803 games over six seasons with the Angels, Knoop hit .240 with 44 home runs and 236 RBIs.
He would later play for the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.
41. Bob Boone (1982-1988, WAR: 10.6)
Boone currently serves as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development for the Washington Nationals.
Boone began his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1969 draft saw him go in the sixth round. He played for Philadelphia from 1972 to 1981.
The Angels purchased his contract before the 1982 season, and he would play for the Angels for the next seven seasons.
Boone was never a lights-out hitter at the plate, however, he did earn four Gold Gloves while with California, and seven overall.
He was selected to the 1983 All-Star team, hitting .256 with 52 RBIs.
Later still, Boone joined the Kansas City Royals to finish out his playing career.
He totalled 968 games for the Angels, hitting .245 with 39 home runs and 318 RBIs.
40. David Eckstein (2001-2004, WAR: 11.0)
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The Boston Red Sox selected Eckstein in the 19th round of the 1997 amateur draft.
A shortstop, Eckstein earned the nickname "X factor" because of his propensity to come through at the best possible time for the Angels.
He made his Major League debut with the Angels in 2001, hitting .285 with 29 stolen bases. He led the league with 21 hit by pitches and with 16 sacrifice hits. He would be voted fourth in the Rookie of the Year poll.
2002 was another good campaign for Eckstein, as he hit .293 and walked more than he struck out, again leading the league with 27 HBP and with 14 SH. He set career highs with eight home runs and 63 RBI's.
Eckstein played in 567 games over four seasons with the Angels, logging a .278 average with 170 RBIs and 82 stolen bases.
He later played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres.
39. Chili Davis (1988-1990, 1993-1996, WAR: 11.2)
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Davis was drafted in the 11th round of the 1977 amateur draft by the San Fransisco Giants. He debuted in the majors in 1981 with the team, and would spend his first seven seasons with them.
Davis' first tour of duty with the Angels started with a free-agent contract signing after the 1987 season. He played left field, right field, and designated hitter for the Angels.
In 1989, Davis hit .271 with 22 home runs and 90 RBIs. After the 1990 season, Davis joined the Minnesota Twins for two seasons. He rejoined the Angels for four seasons starting in 1993.
Davis' second stint with California was somewhat more productive. In 1994, Davis hit .311 with 26 home runs and 84 RBIs in only 108 games. He was selected to play in the All-Star game.
He would later log time with the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees. He concluded his Angels' career with a .279 average. He totaled 156 home runs and 618 RBIs over 950 games with the team over seven seasons.
38. Gary Pettis (1982-1987, WAR: 11.4)
Pettis, a center fielder, was selected by the Angels in the sixth round of the 1979 amateur draft.
Pettis never hit for average or power, as evidenced by his career .242 average and his 13 home runs over 584 games for California.
Pettis' value was in his incredible speed and defensive range. He stole 186 bases for the Halos and won Gold Gloves in 1985 and 1986. He won three more after leaving the Angels.
He later played with the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers, and the San Diego Padres.
37. Scot Shields (2001-2010, WAR: 12.3)
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Shields was drafted in the 38th round of the 1997 amateur draft.
He played 10 seasons as a relief pitcher for the Halos. He was mostly a setup man, but excelled wherever needed—long relief, closer, or spot starter.
Shields was known as having a "rubber arm," not needing much time to recharge after pitching. He once threw 261 pitches in a 16-inning game in college. He was awarded the Sports Illustrated "Setup Man of the Decade."
He posted a 46-44 record for the Angels over 10 seasons and had a 3.18 ERA, a career WHIP of 1.244, and struck out 631 in 697 innings.
Shields retired after the 2010 season.
36. Albie Pearson (1961-1966, WAR: 12.3)
Pearson signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1953. He made his Major League debut with the Washington Senators in 1958 and also played with the Baltimore Orioles before he was drafted by the Angels in the 1961 expansion draft.
Pearson would spend the rest of his career as an Angel. His best California season was 1963, as he hit .304 with 47 RBIs and 92 walks against only 37 strikeouts, making his only All-Star appearance.
Pearson hit .275 over his career with the Angels, knocking in 167 RBIs over 689 games. He walked 369 times versus 153 strikeouts.
35. Jim Abbott (1989-1992, 1995-1996, WAR: 12.5)
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Abbott, a left handed pitcher, was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 1988 amateur draft.
Despite his well-publicized disability, Abbott excelled as a Major League pitcher. He finished fifth on the 1989 AL Rookie of the Year ballot, posting a 12-12 record with a 3.92 ERA.
In 1991, Abbott finished third in the AL Cy Young Award race, with an 18-11 record and a 2.89 ERA.
Abbott later pitched for the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, rejoining the Angels in 1995. He had a less-than-stellar 1996 campaign for the Angels, with a 2-18 record and a giant 7.48 ERA.
He played again with the White Sox and finished his playing career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
34. Torii Hunter (2008-Present, WAR: 12.7)
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Hunter was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut with the Twins in 1997, and spent his first 11 seasons with the team. He signed a free agent contract with the Angels before the 2008 season.
Hunter is a legendary center fielder. He won nine consecutive Gold Gloves at the position, his last seven seasons with the Twins and his first two seasons with the Angels.
Hunter also shows prowess at the plate, hitting over 20 home runs in each of his four seasons with the Angels so far. In 2009, he was rewarded with his first Silver Slugger award, hitting .299 with 22 home runs and 90 RBIs. He was also selected to play in the All-Star game for his efforts in 2009 and in 2010.
Thus far in his Angels career, Hunter has hit a composite .279 average with 89 home runs and 340 RBIs over 573 games covering four seasons.
33. Dick Schofield (1983-1992, 1995-1996, WAR: 13.3)
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California selected Schofield, a shortstop, with their first-round pick in the 1981 draft. He first made an appearance in 1983, hitting .204 in 21 games for the Halos.
Schofield was a prototypical good field/no hit player for the Angels. His career fielding percentage was eight points higher than the league average, but his career batting average was only .232 for the club. He also hit 48 home runs, 280 RBIs, and stole 99 bases.
He appeared in 1,086 games over 12 seasons for California.
He would play for the New York Mets, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers before rejoining California in 1995, finishing out his playing career.
32. Kirk McCaskill (1985-1991, WAR: 13.4)
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McCaskill was drafted by California in the fourth round of the 1982 amateur draft. He also played professional hockey with the Sherbrooke Jets, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.
His breakout season was 1986, as he posted a 17-10 record, striking out 202 with a 1.214 WHIP and a 3.36 ERA.
Over seven seasons with the Angels, McCaskill posted double-digit win totals five times, compiling a 74-72 record with a 3.86 ERA in 192 games for the Halos before eventually joining the Chicago White Sox.
31. Devon White (1985-1990, WAR: 13.4)
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White, a seven-time Gold Glove center fielder (twice with the Angels), was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 amateur draft by the Angels.
He made little impact in call ups to the parent club in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, he enjoyed a breakout season, placing fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting by hitting .263 with 24 home runs and 87 RBIs.
He won his Gold Gloves with the Angels in the 1988 and 1989 seasons, also making the All-Star team in 1989 by hitting .245 with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs and 44 stolen bases.
White was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays following the 1990 season, and later also played for the Florida Marlins, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 612 games with the Halos, White hit .247 with 59 home runs, 241 RBIs and 123 stolen bases.
30. Maicer Izturis (2005-Present, WAR: 13.5)
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Izturis was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998 by the Cleveland Indians. He broke into the majors with the Montreal Expos, playing one season before a trade brought him to Anaheim following the 2004 season.
A utility player specializing in second, third and short, Izturis fills in wherever needed. His career .341 OBP guarantees a spot in the lineup.
In 659 games for the Angels, Izturis has accumulated 31 home runs and 277 RBIs, hitting .279. He also has stolen 70 bases.
29. Howie Kendrick (2006-Present, WAR: 13.9)
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Kendrick was selected in the 10th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the Angels, and has spent his first six Major League seasons with the club.
A natural second baseman, Kendrick has added to his versatility by starting at first base and left field.
In 2011, Kendrick enjoyed his best season to date, hitting a career high 18 home runs with 63 RBIs. He hit .285 with 14 stolen bases.
He has appeared in a total of 655 games for the Angels, hitting .292 with 50 home runs, 305 RBIs and 61 stolen bases.
28. Andy Messersmith (1968-1972, WAR: 14.2)
The Angels selected Messersmith in the first round of the 1966 amateur draft.
He made his debut with the club in 1968, posting a 4-2 record with an attention-getting ERA of 2.21, allowing 44 hits in 81 innings and striking out 74.
Messersmith made his first All-Star appearance with the Angels in 1971 with a 20-13 record and an ERA of 2.99. In his five seasons with the club, his highest ERA was recorded in the 1970 season when he posted a 3.01.
He accumulated a 59-47 record for the Halos with a 2.78 ERA and a WHIP of 1.140.
Messersmith later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees.
27. Kelvim Escobar (2004-2009, WAR: 14.8)
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Escobar signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 1992. He made his Major League debut in 1997 and stayed with the team through 2003.
A right-handed pitcher, Escobar had started and closed for the Blue Jays. For the Angels, he was mostly a starter, with 101 of 110 career appearances as the starting pitcher. Three times in his Halo career he finished in the AL top ten in ERA.
In 2007, Escobar enjoyed his best season with the Angels, boasting an 18-7 record and an ERA of 3.40. In spring training of 2008, he developed a right shoulder injury that required surgery, limiting him to one start over his last two seasons with Los Angeles.
He went 43-36 over five seasons with the Angels, compiling a 3.60 ERA and striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings pitched.
26. Ervin Santana (2005-Present, WAR: 16.0)
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Anaheim signed Santana as a free agent in 2000.
Santana, a starting right hander, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2005, posting a 12-8 record.
2008 saw Santana have his best season to date, making his only All-Star appearance with a 3.49 ERA and a 16-7 record. His WHIP was a very respectable 1.119.
Overall, Santana has posted an 87-67 record and a 4.22 ERA.
25. Rod Carew (1979-1985, WAR: 16.4)
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In 1964, Carew signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Twins, with whom he spent his first 12 Major League seasons, making the All-Star team in each. He was traded to the Angels before the 1979 season.
Carew would continue to make the All-Star team every season for the next six years. He is a member of the 3,000 hit club, with 3,053 (968 for California). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Carew hit over .300 in his first five seasons with the team. In total, he hit .314 with 282 RBIs. He also walked more than he struck out. He is the franchise's all-time leader with a .393 OBP with at least 1,000 plate appearances.
24. Wally Joyner (1986-1991, 2001, WAR: 17.8)
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Joyner was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 1983 amateur draft out of BYU. In his rookie season in 1986, he placed second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, hitting 22 home runs and 100 RBIs with a .290 average. He also made his only career All-Star appearance.
He played with California for his first six Major League seasons before joining the Kansas City Royals, then later the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves before finishing his career with the Angels in 2001.
In 899 games for California, Joyner hit .286 with 117 home runs and 532 RBIs. He also boasted a career fielding percentage of .994 at the first base position.
23. Troy Percival (1995-2004, WAR: 17.9)
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Percival was drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 amateur draft. He finished fourth in the voting for AL Rookie of the Year in 1995 by posting a 3-2 record with a 1.95 ERA in 62 games.
Percival, a right-handed reliever, made the All-Star roster for the Angels on four occasions. In every season from 1996 through 2004 he finished in the AL top ten in saves, with a career high of 42 in 1998.
He was a strikeout specialist, averaging 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings for the Halos. He appeared in 579 games for the Angels, collecting a 29-38 record, a 2.99 ERA and 316 saves.
Percival went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays.
22. Adam Kennedy (2000-2006, WAR: 17.9)
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The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Kennedy in the first round of the 1997 amateur draft.
The second baseman made his debut with the Cards in 1999, joining the Halos just before the 2000 season. Kennedy hit .266 in his rookie campaign, belting 72 RBIs and stealing 22 bases in 156 games. He finished sixth in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting.
His best season with the club was 2002, when he hit .312 with 52 RBIs. He was also the ALCS MVP, hitting .357 with 3 home runs in four games.
Kennedy went on to play again with the Cardinals, later appearing for the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Senators and the Seattle Mariners.
In 992 games for the Angels, Kennedy compiled a .280 average with 353 RBIs and 123 stolen bases.
21. Francisco Rodriguez (2002-2008, WAR: 18.0)
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Rodriguez, or "K-Rod," is a right-handed closer whom the Angels signed as an amateur free agent in 1998.
He made his debut with the club in 2002, striking out 13 in 5.2 innings and a perfect ERA with a .882 WHIP.
In 2004, K-Rod was selected to his first of three All-Star games with the club. He posted a 1.82 ERA in 84 innings while striking out 123. He also placed fourth in the AL Cy Young award ballot.
In 2005 he led the AL with 45 saves, posting a 2.67 ERA. The following season he led the AL with 47 saves, again placing fourth in the AL Cy Young award voting.
2007 and 2008 saw K-Rod selected to his second and third All-Star games. In the latter season, he again led the AL with 62 saves.
He later played with the New York Mets and is currently with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He totaled 208 saves for the club, posting 23-17 record with an ERA of 2.35. He struck out 11.7 batters per nine innings.
20. Doug DeCinces (1982-1987, WAR: 18.0)
DeCinces, a third baseman, was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 1970 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut with the team in 1973, staying with the club through the 1981 season.
Just before the 1982 season, DeCinces was traded to the Angels. He hit .301 with 30 home runs and 97 RBIs, winning his first and only Silver Slugger award in his initial campaign with the Halos.
In 1983, DeCinces again enjoyed an excellent season, making his only appearance on the All-Star roster.
He totalled 130 home runs and 481 RBIs, hitting .265 in 787 games for California over six seasons.
He finished out his career in 1987, joining the St. Louis Cardinals for four games.
19. Jarrod Washburn (1998-2005, WAR: 18.3)
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Washburn, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the second round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Angels.
He first appeared with the club in 1998, posting a 6-3 record with a 4.62 ERA.
2002 was Washburn's finest season with the club, as he finished fourth in the Cy Young award balloting at the close of the season. He posted an 18-6 record with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP, helping the club to their eventual World Series victory over the San Fransisco Giants.
Washburn totaled a 75-57 record, starting in 183 of his 193 appearances with the club. His career ERA with the Angels was 3.93.
Washburn later played with the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers.
18. Dean Chance (1961-1966, WAR: 19.5)
Chance, a right-handed pitcher, started his professional career by signing a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 1959. He was traded twice before making his first Major League appearance, debuting with the Angels near the end of their inaugural 1961 season.
Chance became a mainstay in the Angels starting rotation, making 164 starts between 1962 and 1966.
In 1964, Chance took home the AL Cy Young award by leading the league in several categories, including wins, with a 20-9 record, a 1.65 ERA, 11 shutouts, 15 complete games and an unbelievable HR/9 ratio of 0.2.
He ended up compiling a 74-66 record for the club with a 2.83 ERA and 7.7 hits allowed per nine innings of work.
Later, he played for the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians, the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers.
17. Mike Witt (1981-1990, WAR: 20.2)
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Witt, a 6'7" right-hander, was selected by California in the fourth round of the 1978 draft.
He first appeared with the club in the strike-shortened 1981 season, posting an 8-9 record and finishing fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year polling.
He enjoyed his best stretch with the club from 1984-1987, collecting a 64-44 record and twice representing the AL at the All-Star game.
On Sept. 30, 1984, Witt pitched the 11th perfect game in Major League history, blanking the Texas Rangers and striking out 10 on the season's final day.
In 10 seasons with California, Witt compiled a 109-107 record with a 3.76 ERA. He finished his playing career with the New York Yankees.
16. Jim Edmonds (1993-1999, WAR: 20.4)
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Edmonds was drafted by California in the seventh round of the 1988 draft. He first appeared with the club in 1993, hitting .246 in 18 games.
In 1994, Edmonds figured into the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, finishing eighth by hitting .273 in 94 games.
1995 was even better, as "Jimmy Baseball" made his first All-Star roster by hitting .290 with 33 home runs and 107 RBIs.
He hit over 20 home runs in each of the next three seasons for the Angels, collecting two Gold Gloves for his work in center field.
Edmonds later played eight seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals before finishing out his career with the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.
He currently runs Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse in St. Louis.
15. Troy Glaus (1998-2004, WAR: 20.6)
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Glaus, a power-hitting third baseman, was selected in the first round, third overall, by the Angels in the 1997 draft out of UCLA.
In 2000, Glaus earned his first All-Star appearance as well as a Silver Slugger award by leading the AL with 47 home runs. He also had a .404 OBP.
2001 again saw Glaus earn the two accolades, as he hit 41 home runs and 108 RBIs.
Glaus would again make the All-Star roster in 2003, but injuries limited his playing time to 91 games.
Glaus was a clutch hitter, as shown in five postseason series with the Angels. He hit .347 with 9 home runs and 16 RBIs.
Glaus went on to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Toronto Blue Jays, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves.
Over seven seasons with the Halos, Glaus hit .253 with 182 home runs and 515 RBIs over 827 games.
14. Chone Figgins (2002-2009, WAR: 21.1)
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Figgins, a third baseman who played almost every position as needed, is a switch hitter selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1997 draft.
He first appeared with the Angels in 2002. In 2005, he led the American League with 62 steals while hitting .290.
In 2009, Figgins displayed some new-found patience at the plate, leading the AL with 101 walks and a .298 average. He also made his only All-Star appearance to date.
Figgins swiped at least 34 bases per season in each of his last six years with the club. He currently plays with the Seattle Mariners.
In 936 games with the Angels, Figgins totalled 280 stolen bases while hitting .291 with a .363 OBP.
13. Mark Langston (1990-1997, WAR: 24.2)
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Langston, a lefty, was selected in the second round of the 1981 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He made his big league debut with them in 1984, and spent his first five and a half seasons there before joining the Montreal Expos for 24 starts in 1989.
After the 1989 season, Langston signed a free-agent contract with California. In eight seasons with the Halos, he made three All-Star appearances and earned five Gold Gloves.
Langston led the league in strikeouts on three occasions before joining the Angels. By the time he got to California, he had sacrificed some of his velocity for more control. This helped him to strike out more than twice as many batters as he walked.
In total, Langston posted an 88-74 record and a 3.97 ERA for the Angels. He later played for the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Indians.
12. Vladimir Guerrero (2004-2009, WAR: 24.7)
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Guerrero, a right fielder, signed a free-agent contract with the Montreal Expos in 1993. He made his first appearance with the team in 1996, and stayed with the club through 2003.
Before the 2004 season, Guerrero signed with the Angels. He hit .337 with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs, winning the AL MVP award.
In every season from 2004 through 2007, Guerrero earned All-Star game selection honors and Silver Sluggers.
He is also famous for being a bad ball hitter, as noted by Cal Ripken Jr. On one occasion in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Guerrero hit a pitch that bounced in the dirt before home plate. Even more unusual, his bat struck the ground as well before hitting the ball.
He later played for the Texas Rangers and currently plays with the Baltimore Orioles.
Guerrero accumulated a .323 average with 173 home runs and 616 RBIs for Los Angeles in 846 games over six seasons.
11. John Lackey (2002-2009, WAR: 25.3)
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Lackey, a right hander, was selected by the Angels in the second round of the 1999 draft.
He debuted in 2002, posting a 9-4 record in 18 starts and finishing fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
In 2007, Lackey made his first All-Star roster, leading the AL with a 3.01 ERA and finishing with a 19-9 record.
He signed with the Boston Red Sox before the 2010 season, closing the door on his Angels career. He finished with a 102-71 record and a 3.81 ERA.
10. Jered Weaver (2006-Present, WAR: 27.0)
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Weaver, a right-handed pitcher, was drafted by the Angels in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2004 draft.
In 2006, Weaver made his first appearance with the parent club, posting an 11-2 record with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.033 WHIP. He finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
In 2010, Weaver made his first All-Star appearance, leading the AL with 233 strikeouts and posting a 13-12 record.
He again was invited to the All-Star team in 2011, posting an 18-8 record with a AL second best ERA of 2.41.
So far, Weaver has posted a 82-47 record with a 3.31 ERA. He has struck out over three batters per walk and accrued a career WHIP of 1.165.
9. Darin Erstad (1996-2006, WAR: 28.0)
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Erstad was selected with the first pick of the 1995 draft by California.
Over 11 seasons with the club, Erstad was awarded three Gold Gloves for his work at three different positions, left field, center field and first base. He also was twice chosen to appear on the AL All-Star roster and also earned one Silver Slugger award.
2000 was the only season in which Erstad took home all three honors, hitting .355 with 25 home runs, 100 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. He also led the AL with 240 hits.
After the 2006 season, Erstad joined the Chicago White Sox and later the Houston Astros. For the Angels, he totaled a .286 average in 1,320 games, hitting 114 home runs and stealing 170 bases.
8. Garret Anderson (1994-2008, WAR: 28.6)
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Anderson, a left fielder, was selected by the Angels in the fourth round of the 1990 draft.
He finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 1995, narrowly losing the honor to Marty Cordova of the Minnesota Twins.
Anderson is the Angels' franchise leader in several offensive categories, including 2,013 games played, 2,368 hits and 1,292 RBIs.
In 2002 and 2003, Anderson was twice awarded a Silver Slugger and selected to the All-Star team. He compiled a .310 average while hitting 58 home runs and 239 RBIs, in both seasons leading the AL in doubles.
He played one season each with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves to close out his career.
He hit .296 with 272 home runs for the Angels.
7. Frank Tanana (1973-1980, WAR: 34.2)
Tanana was selected in the first round of the 1971 draft by California. He first appeared with the club near the end of the 1973 season.
1975 marked Tanana's breakthrough season, as he led the AL with 269 strikeouts and finished fourth in the Cy Young award voting, posting a 16-9 record and a 2.62 ERA.
Tanana was selected to the AL All-Star team in each of the next three seasons, posting a composite 52-31 record and a 2.85 ERA.
He later played for the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
For the Angels, he totaled 102 wins against 78 losses, a 3.08 ERA and 1,233 strikeouts.
6. Bobby Grich (1977-1986, WAR: 35.0)
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Grich was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the 1967 draft. He stayed with the club for seven seasons, and was a Gold Glove award winner as well as an All-Star.
He signed with California at the conclusion of the 1976 season. In 1979, Grich returned to the All-Star team by hitting .294 with 30 home runs and 101 RBIs. In the strike-shortened 1981 campaign, he led the AL with 22 home runs.
In total, Grich played 1,222 games for the Angels over 10 seasons, hitting .269 with 154 home runs and 557 RBIs.
He announced his retirement following the 1986 postseason, and currently works for the Angels front office.
5. Tim Salmon (1992-2006, WAR: 37.6)
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Salmon, or "Mr. Angel," was drafted by California in the third round of the 1988 draft. He would spend his entire 14-season Major League career with the club.
He made his big league debut in 1992, and in 1993 made a real impact, winning the AL Rookie of the Year by hitting 31 home runs and 95 RBIs with a .283 batting average.
In 1995, Salmon was awarded the Silver Slugger by hitting .330 with a career high 34 home runs and 105 RBIs.
After a decade of dominating opposing pitchers, Salmon had a disappointing 2001, only hitting .227. He followed that by winning the AL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2002, hitting .286.
Salmon retired following the 2006 season with a career .282 batting average. He also hit 299 home runs and 1,016 RBIs in 1,672 games. His OBP of .385 is third in Angels history with players over 1,000 plate appearances.
4. Brian Downing (1978-1990, WAR: 37.7)
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Downing signed an amateur free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1969, and first appeared with the team in 1973. His first five Major League seasons were spent with the Sox.
Traded to the Angels before the 1978 season, Downing enjoyed a breakout campaign in 1979, hitting .326, good for third best in the AL. He also made his only All-Star appearance.
He had joined the Angels at the catcher position, but age and injury damaged Downing's knees. He became the Angels full-time left fielder in 1982. Further on, Downing took over the role of Angels DH in 1987.
Downing had his best offensive seasons from 1982-1988, averaging 23 home runs per season and hitting .265 over the span.
He spent his last two seasons with the Texas Rangers.
In 1,661 games for the Angels, Downing clubbed 222 home runs and 846 RBI's with a .271 average and a .372 OBP.
3. Nolan Ryan (1972-1979, WAR: 41.1)
Ryan was picked up by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1965 draft.
Ryan is the Major League record holder with 5,714 strikeouts, 2,416 with the Angels. In his eight California seasons, he led the AL in strikeouts seven times, including a record 383 in 1973. In his Angels career, he only allowed 6.3 hits per nine innings. Ryan also pitched four no-hitters, and made the AL All-Star team five times while with the club.
He totaled a 138-121 record for the Angels with an ERA of 3.07, later playing for the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. He is the only Major League player (besides Jackie Robinson) to have his number retired by three teams.
He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility, and is currently the Texas Rangers' principal owner, president and CEO.
2. Jim Fregosi (1961-1971, WAR: 44.1)
Fregosi was signed to a minor league free agent contract by the Boston Red Sox in 1960. He made his first Major League appearance with the Angels in 1961, hitting .222 in 11 games for the club.
A shortstop, Fregosi was selected to the AL All-Star team in six seasons from 1964 through 1970, only missing in 1965. He also won his only Gold Glove in 1967, with a .965 fielding percentage.
Fregosi was also involved in the trade that brought Nolan Ryan to the Angels, a deal that is often noted as one of the worst in New York Mets history, as Fregosi never again measured up to his pre-trade performance.
In 1,429 games over 11 seasons with the Angels, Fregosi hit .268 with 115 home runs and 546 RBIs.
He later also played for the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He went on to a largely successful managerial career, leading the Angels, the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays. His career managerial winning percentage is .484.
1. Chuck Finley (1986-1999, WAR: 49.2)
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Finley tops out this list, based on his 14 seasons with the Angels and his career 165-140 record with the team. He was selected in the first round of the 1985 amateur draft by California.
Finley was four times selected to the AL All-Star team, and in 1989 and 1990 twice finished second in the AL with a combined ERA of 2.48.
Finley regularly finished in the AL top ten rankings in strikeouts, complete games and innings pitched.
From 1989 through 1999, Finley was a fixture in the Angels starting rotation, averaging 14 wins per year for the 11 seasons.
He later played for the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals.