World Series champion and MVP, 3 time All Star, and 2 Silver Slugger awards as an Angel – Glaus certainly earned his way into the top 15 on our list. The 2002 World Series alone may be enough to put Glaus high on our list with his 3 home runs, .385 AVG and .467 OBP. It wasn’t even the World Series where Glaus shined – it was the entire 2002 Post Season (and the 2004 ALDS). Glaus was made for the Post Season and Angels fans are thankful for it. His two-run World Series game six double with the Angels down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning was quite literally a game (and series) changer. A huge moment in Angels history.
Fortunately for the Angels, Glaus turned down the Padres after they drafted him in the 2nd round out of high school in the 1994 draft. Instead, the Angels nabbed him 3 years later with the 3rd overall pick in 1997. Glaus debuted in 1998 but much to the disappointment of fans, it took him a few years to get moving. However, he broke through in 2000, slugging 47 home runs with a 1.008 OPS, earning him his first All Star nod and Silver Slugger award at age 23. Those 47 home runs still stand as the club’s single season record with Trout falling 2 shy in his 2019 season. Glaus’s .604 slugging that season is 4th best in Angels history behind Mike Trout’s 2017-2019 seasons.
Glaus only played 91 games in 2003 and missed most of 2004 with a shoulder injury. Despite his post season heroics, the Angels put their faith in Dallas McPherson at the hot corner and moved on from fan favorite Glaus who had spent his entire career up to that point with the Angels. McPherson, of course, turned out to be a dud while Glaus turned out to be incredibley productive over the next few years and he earned another All Star trip as a Blue Jay in 2006.
Glaus ranks #5 on the Angels all time list for slugging and 6th for home runs with 182. He is, of course, also the only World Series MVP in club history.