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Founded - 1961 as the Los Angeles Angels
Stadium - Angels Stadium since 1966 (Anaheim, California);
Best Team Record - 100-62 (.617) 2008; 1st Place AL West
Worst Team Record - 65-95 (.406) 1980; 6th Place AL West
World Series Winners - 2002 def. Giants 4-3
Division Winners - 1979 1982 1986 2004 2005 2007 2008
Wild Card Winners - 2002

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World Series Champions - 2002

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2/13/11 - So Scioscia Is For Real - Every year, Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions calculates a team's Efficiency Wins, or the number of wins a team should tally based on their runs scored, runs allowed, and the components of runs scored and allowed. For each of the past three seasons, the Angels have outperformed their Efficiency Win total by more than any other American League team. A +9 mark last season followed a +7 mark in 2009 and a +14 mark in 2008. It has gotten to the point where you can't just dismiss the Angels as a team blessed with good fortune. Mike Scioscia is doing something to get the most out of his team and proving it as a repeatable skill to the tune of ten wins per season.

Franchise History

In the Big Inning - The Los Angeles Angels were founded in 1961, one of the first two AL expansion teams. The Angels shared Los Angeles with the recently relocated Dodgers and played in Dodger Stadium from 1962-1965.

You know, we might make more money if - Toward the end of the 1965 season, the Los Angeles Angels changed their name to the California Angels in an effort to broaden their fan-base, and the following spring moved into Anaheim Stadium.

Actually, you know we might make more money if - Following the 1996 season, the California Angels decided to centralize and strengthen their fan base by changing their name to the Anaheim Angels, in honor of their rapidly growing home town.

Hmm, what if we just - Apparently unsatisfied with being merely the third highest grossing team in the majors, in 2005 the Anaheim Angels re-adopted their origin moniker in order to appeal the second largest media market in the country, much to the chagrin of both the cities of Anaheim and Los Angeles. In order to appease the politicians in their hometown, they affixed the words "of Anaheim" to the end of their name.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1971, the Angels sent Jim Fregosi to the Mets in exchange for Frank Estrada, Don Rose, Leroy Stanton, and Nolan Ryan. Fregosi never played more than 101 games again, while Nolan Ryan went on to have his best seasons with the Angels.

Worst Trade in Team History - Right before the start of the 2000 season, the Angels sent Jim Edmonds to the St. Louis Cardinals for Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy. Jim Edmonds won six straight Gold Gloves from 2000-2005 with the Cardinals, and hit 210 home runs in six seasons. While Kennedy has been a cornerstone of the Angels infield, Bottenfield had a losing record in the only season he spent with the Angels.

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2009 Angels Preview
2009 may be the season that the Angels finally morph from a smartly run, well developed team that spends money wisely to an over-spending, aging, bloated team suffocated from the weight of large contracts producing no value.

2008 Angels Preview
If the Angels wanted things to get interesting in the AL West, recent injuries have made them happy.

2007 Angels Preview
Despite the boneheaded signings of Gary Matthews Jr. and Shea Hillenbrand, the Angels should run away with the AL West.

2006 Angels Preview
The Angels had a poor offseason and could even fall below .500 battling in an improved AL West division.

The Irony of Bartolo Colon
Much to Asher's chagrin, Bartolo Colon won the 2005 AL Cy Young after Asher didn't pick him to win it for the first time since 2002. However, there is irony in the selection of Colon this year, which Asher expounds on.

Giants, Angels - Meaningless Trade Game
In perhaps the most meaningless trade of the off-season so far, the Giants sent Edgardo Alfonzo to the Angels for Steve Finley.

2005 ALCS Preview
Get Keith's prediction on what will occur in the Chicago/Anaheim series.

2005 ALDS Preview 10/4/05
Keith previews the Chicago/Boston and Anaheim/New York series.

Asher Rambles On
In some kind of coke-induced episode, Asher begins with David Eckstein and the Angels, and ends somewhere far, far away.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Archive

All Time Team
Manager
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated
Best Player Name
Catcher
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
Utility
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Designated Hitter
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Mike Scioscia
Tim Salmon
Nolan Ryan
Gary DiSarcina
Rudy May
Darin Erstad
Gary Pettis
Ruppert Jones
Brian Downing
Wally Joyner
Bobby Grich
Troy Glaus
Dick Schofield
Doug DeCinces
Garrett Anderson
Jim Edmonds
Tim Salmon
Chili Davis/Don Baylor
Nolan Ryan
Chuck Finley
Dean Chance
Frank Tanana
Mike Witt
Troy Percival
Francisco Rodriguez
All Time Leaders
Games
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Bases on Balls
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
1760 - Garrett Anderson
7015 - Garret Anderson
956 - Tim Salmon
2081 - Garret Anderson
431 - Garret Anderson
70 - Jim Fregosi
290 - Tim Salmon
1128 - Garret Anderson
186 - Gary Pettis
3297 - Garret Anderson
.314 - Rod Carew
579 - Troy Percival
2675.0 - Chuck Finley
165 - Chuck Finley
140 - Chuck Finley
2416 - Nolan Ryan
1302 - Nolan Ryan
2.78 - Andy Messersmith
40 - Nolan Ryan
316 - Troy Percival
Single Season Leaders
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
HR
RBI
SB
TB

AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Games
Innings
Wins

Losses
Strikeouts
Walks
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
689 - Sandy Alomar, 1971
124 - Vlad Guerrero, 2004
240 - Darin Erstad, 2000
56 - Garret Anderson, 2002
17 - Chone Figgins, 2004
47 - Troy Glaus, 2000
139 - Don Baylor, 1979
70 - Mickey Rivers, 1975
366 - Darin Erstad, 2000
366 - Vlad Guerrero 2004
.355 - Darin Erstad, 2000
.429 - Tim Salmon, 1995
.604 - Troy Glaus, 2000
1.024 - Tim Salmon, 1995
74 - Scot Shields, 2006
332.2 - Nolan Ryan, 1974
22 - Clyde Wright, 1970
22 - Nolan Ryan 1974
19 - Kirk McCaskill, 1991
383 - Nolan Ryan, 1973
204 - Nolan Ryan, 1977
1.65 - Dean Chance, 1964
11 - Dean Chance, 1964
62 - Fran. Rodriguez, 2008
Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan
Bobby Grich*


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Award Winners
Most Valuable Player
Don Baylor - 1979
Vladimir Guerrero - 2004

Cy Young
Bartolo Colon - 2005

Rookie of the Year
Tim Salmon - 1993

Fireman of the Year
Bryan Harvey - 1991
Francisco Rodriguez - 2006
Francisco Rodriguez - 2008

Dave Kingman
Bobby Knoop - 1967

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
Orlando Cabrera - 2007
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
none

Triple Crown Pitchers
none

3-4-5 Club
none

100-Plus Club
Don Baylor (36/139) 1979

500 Outs Club
Bill Moran ('62)
Sandy Alomar Sr. ('71 & '72)

50 Home Run Club
none

30-30 Club
none