Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
As a newer team, the Angels were a hard time to come up with four people. But their list is impressive.
Nolan Ryan will show up on more than one franchise’s Mount Rushmore. But his spot on the Angels’ monument is well deserved. Ryan is the best pitcher in franchise history and it’s not even close. He barely met the eight-year minimum, but still ranks in the top five in franchise history in wins, ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched, shutouts and complete games.
Mike Trout has done enough to cement his spot on Anaheim’s monument. One of the best MLB outfielders in recent memory, he’s already the franchise’s all-time leader among position players in bWAR, on base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. Considering his multiple MVP awards, he’s a worthy exception.
Gene Autry is best known for being a country western star and singer. However, he was also the original owner of the Angels. If it wasn’t for Autry, Anaheim wouldn’t have a baseball team. During his life, he was their biggest advocate.
Tim Salmon is a fan favorite who spent his entire 14 year career with the Angels. He ranks second to Trout in offensive bWAR. Salmon also ranks third in career on base percentage and is tied for third in slugging percentage. He’s the Angels’ all-time leader in home runs and walks.
Honorable Mentions: Garrett Anderson warranted serious consideration. So did manager Mike Scoioscia. An argument could be had for long-time closer Troy Percival as well.