As we continue our countdown of the top 100 Angels, we find fan favorite Bobby Grich at number 8 on the list. Bobby Grich was the first inductee to the Angels Hall of Fame but was unfortunately snubbed for the MLB Hall of Fame. In 1992, his first year of eligibility, he garnered only 2.6% of the vote and promptly fell off the ballot for future years. Incidentally, he is also in the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. He was a four time Gold Glove winner and a six time All Star.
As Angels second baseman in 1981, Bobby Grich led the American League in home runs thereby winning a Silver Slugger award. He was the first second baseman to lead the American League in home runs since Nap Lajoie did it in 1901. He was the first second baseman to lead either league in home runs since Rogers Hornsby did it in 1929.
While he was with the Orioles in 1973, he set an all time major league fielding record with a fielding percentage of .995. In 1985, while an Angel, he bested that record with a .997 fielding percentage. A humble man, he said of his MLB career, “I was short on talent so I had to be long on intensity.”
Bobby Grich had a career batting average of .266 over seventeen seasons with 320 doubles, 47 triples, 224 home runs, 864 RBIs, 1033 runs, 1833 hits, 1087 walks, and 104 stolen bases. His on base percentage was .371 and his OPS+ was 125. He retired from playing baseball at the age of 37 and currently works in the Angels front office.
Earlier this year, Bobby Grich was the victim of a bizarre theft on the Coto de Caza golf course. The culprit got away with his wallet and a set of high end golf clubs and promptly went on a spending spree with Grich’s credit cards.