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!
Doug DeCinces, a product of Burbank California, came to the Angels from the Orioles in 1982 via trade for Dan Ford. Hall of Fame bookends had surrounded him with the Orioles in that he took over third base from Brooks Robinson in 1973 and was eventually traded to make room for Cal Ripken Jr.
His first season with the Angels was his best, as he slashed .301/.369/.548/.916 en route to a third-place AL MVP finish that year, putting up 7.6 bWAR in the campaign. Although he was named an All Star the next year, DeCinces never really recaptured that 1982 magic, and he was more an above-average player rather than a superstar.
Memorably, he hit three home runs in the same game August 3, 1982 during a 5-4 Angels loss to the Minnesota Twins. Five days later, on August 8, 1982 he repeated that feat in a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He won the Silver Slugger award that year and made the American League All Star team in 1983. The Angels released him on September 23, 1987 and he finished out the season playing four games for the St. Louis Cardinals. He went to Japan in 1988 and played for the Yakult Swallows. Because of this experience he was hired as a consultant for the movie “Mr. Baseball.”
On August 4, 2011 he was charged with insider trading by the SEC for things he did when Abbot Laboratories Inc. was about to acquire Advanced Medical Optics Inc. He agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle the SEC’s charges but criminal charges were filed against him in 2012 for conduct related to the same transaction. He was found guilty of 13 of those charges on May 12, 2017 and was sentenced August 12, 2019 to eight months of home detention plus a $10,000 fine. The poor guy probably finished his home detention just in time for the statewide stay at home order.