Let’s assemble the best possible Angels team by letter of the alphabet to begin a player’s last name. Today is A. 46 men whose last name started with “A” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
C – Earl Averill
1B – Joe Adcock
2B – Sandy Alomar
3B – George Arias
SS – Erick Aybar
OF – Garret Anderson
OF – Bobby Abreu
OF – Tony Armas
DH – Willie Aikens
The weakest links are Arias and Armas – and Armas had 103 OPS+ in 208 games over three seasons (87-89), not bad. The sleepers here are the two 1960s Angels, Averill (207 games in 1961-62) and Adcock (323 games in 1964-66) with OPS+ of 112 and 133 respectively.
SP – Jim Abbott
SP – Don Aase
SP – Kevin Appier
RP – Jose Alvarez
RP – Jose Arredondo
The starting staff has an ERA+ of 101, 99 and 99. Don’t @me that Aase was a reliever, he started 76 games with the Angels, second most by an Angel “A” pitcher. Billy Eppler’s black eye was letting Jose Alvarez go. Not a closer in reality… but on this “A” team he’s an ace reliever. Of course the question “What if…” will always linger around Nick Adenhart.
Did I skip an Angels “A” player you insist must be on the “A” Team?
Edgar Alfonso – NOT an upgrade over Arias at 3B
Fansnation story today:
“Angels Rumors: Eight Teams Linked to Shohei Ohtani as Free Agent Landing Spots”
OMG, the guy is not a FA yet, they just won’t stop conjecturing….
Come one Halos, once season starts, then sign Ohtani, if for anything else, just to make a little madness go away.
Rev wont get to the O’s for awhile and it’s going to be a looong season so you might want to get used to the Ohtani Free Agent rumors.
for future reference
Aw that’s cheating!!
If we wanted to move Aase into a closer role, ( I know he was originally a starter but he was a dominant closer before he blew out his elbow) we could put Brian Anderson in the starting rotation. Unfortunately, I dont think Anderson learned how to pitch until after we traded him to the Cleveland.
Jimmy Anderson on the bench as a utility infielder.
Great job and fun read. X,Y,Z maybe a little tough though 😀
I can’t think of an ‘X’.
For Z all that goes through my mind is Geoff Zahn.
He was always an X factor.
But can he pitch?
‘G’ will be fun but good guy Gaetti likely loses to Glaus for 3B honors.
I’m looking forward to Baylor, Belinsky and Blyleven!
and Juan Beniquez!
The name is Bonds, Bobby Bonds.
Where are ye Al Albuquerque?
Brian Anderson? Ruben Amaro?
Interest fact: Rubens Amaro Sr and Jr both played exactly one season for the Angels… and for both, it was their final MLB season.
Good morning Halo faithful.