All-Angels Team – Starting Pitcher

By Brian Helberg
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Chuck Finley (1986-1999)

Chuck Finley was California/Anaheim Angels baseball for 14 seasons. Finley was drafted by the Halos in the first round of the 1985 draft out of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Finley ascended through the minors quickly, and reached the big leagues during the 1986 season. Finley pitched more innings in an Angels’ uniform than any other pitcher in franchise history. Finley made four All-Star appearances during his tenure in Anaheim. Remarkably, Finley won 15 or more games in a season six times for the Angels. His career 52.2 WAR is still the highest total achieved for a pitcher whilst wearing an Angels’ uniform.

The imposing southpaw’s career numbers are truly impressive. Finley holds the franchise record with 165 victories, while posting a 3.72 ERA. During the infamous steroid era, Chuck Finley, held his own, on average allowing just 0.9 long balls per 9 innings with the Angels. Finley struck out an impressive 2151 batters in his 14 seasons with the Halos, good for an average of 7.2 per 9 innings, and the second highest total in franchise history.

Throughout his 14 years in Anaheim, Chuck Finley, was the definition of class. On April 9, 2009 Finley was deservingly enshrined as a member of the Angels Hall-Of-Fame.