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Garret Anderson Top 100 Angels Poll
He’s 12th in BWAR, but there are a couple ahead of him that I question a bit. I would have Trout, Finley, Fregosi, Salmon, Ryan, Downing, and Grich ahead of him for sure. BBRef also has Weaver, Tanana, Erstad and Kendrick ahead via WAR. Behind him, the only guy with an argument I think is Vlad. He’s closer to 10 than he is to 25 or 5, so I picked 10. I think I could be convinced of anywhere between 8th and 12th or so.
Strengthening his claim are two things:
I am sure I would put Ryan, Trout, Vlad, and Salmon ahead of him. It is an argument about some others, so top 10 for sure, top 5 would require some argument.
Not that WAR is the be-all, end-all, but here are the top 10 career WAR leaders for the Angel position players:
1.Mike Trout 74.4
2.Jim Fregosi 45.9
3.Tim Salmon 40.6
4.Brian Downing 38.0
5.Bobby Grich 35.1
6.Darin Erstad 32.6
7.Howie Kendrick 28.5
8.Garret Anderson 28.1
9.Erick Aybar 23.0
10.Vladimir Guerrero 22.8
Throw pitchers into the mix and it’ll look a little different. Couldn’t find such a list, though.
It’s done by pictures, but if you hover, you can see career WAR here: https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ANA/index.shtml#all_teams_war_images
Finley checks in at 2nd with 51.8 WAR, Ryan is 5th with 40.8, Weaver is 7th at 36 WAR and Tanana is 9th with 34.3 WAR.
When you hold the amount of team records that he holds and top 3 in ones he is not number one then yes he is top 5 because he came to play everyday.