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!
#73 – Bengie Molina
The eldest of the Super Molina Brothers, Bengie was the Angels catcher from 1998 to 2005, gaining two gold gloves and placing 4th in the 2000 AL ROY. His defensive first mindset was a great presence as the early 2000’s Angels had plenty of bats that could deal with a black hole GG winning catcher. In fact his 6.7 Defensive BWAR is 11th all time, a full win in front of Mathis and he was a better hitter than him too.
He did have some offense, accumulating 65 home runs over his career for the Halos, 29th all time in team history. While over a longer period of time, his 175 extra base hits is the same as Napoli, 32nd all time for the team. It is because of this offense that his BWAR total is 7.4, 47th all time for the Angels.
What Bengie is most remembered for is being number 1, as no one has dared wear that number since he left the team in 2005. In all seriousness, he is a beloved Angel and caught for the World Series run in 2002, getting 6 hits against the Giants, catching all 7 games and hitting a game tying double in Game 7 to win it all.