The Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels have played almost 60 seasons of baseball. As the baseball world is suspended due to circumstances outside its control, it is time to look back at the history of this organization. There have been many talented players to put on the uniform, and we at Crashing the Pearly Gates wish to highlight the best who have ever represented the Angels. Without further ado, here we go!
#92 – Dave LaRoche
As a relief pitcher for the Angels in the 70’s and 1980, Dave’s 65 career saves for the Angels ranks 7th all time with a high of 25 in 1978. He went 35-32 with a 3.56 ERA, FIP of 3.73, and a WHIP of 1.3 in his 6 seasons for the Halos. His 6.5 BWAR was the 34th best for a pitcher in the organization. With 35 wins he is 30th all time in Angels history for that and 17th in ERA. Amazingly, his WHIP of 1.3 was just slightly behind the Express in his Angels tenure, ranking 22nd.
Dave didn’t have any amazing seasons with the Angels, his 3 best seasons being elsewhere. While he never attained more than a 130 ERA+ for California (and a couple seasons below 100), he is fondly remembered for being a solid reliever for the team in the 70’s. 304 times he went out on the mound for the Angels, 8th all time. The Angels actually drafted him twice and traded him, and then traded for him. He wasn’t the best closer the Angels had by any means, but he was reliable for 6 seasons. (Just do not look at the 1979 playoffs. 😬)