All-Angels Team: Catcher

By Brian Helberg
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Bob Boone (1982-1988)

Bob Boone joined the California Angels after being purchased from the Philadelphia Phillies in the winter of 1981. Boone was 34-years-old when he came to Anaheim, but you would never have guessed it. In 1982, his first season as an Angel, Boone hit .256 with 7 home runs and 58 RBI’s. Boone finished 16th in MVP voting in ‘82, and took home his third Gold Glove Award. Boone made one All-Star appearance as a member of the Halos, and won a total of five Gold Gloves during his tenure. Boone led the Angels to the postseason twice during his seven years with the club. In the 1986 ALCS, the Angels lost in seven games to the Boston Red Sox, but that had little to do with Boone. The 38-year-old backstop hit .455 in the series, and played sparkling defense.

Boone hit .245 with 39 home runs and 318 RBI’s over his seven seasons in the Big A. Defense was Boone’s calling card with the Halos, as he posted a career high 58% caught stealing percentage in 1982. Boone’s caught stealing percentage was over 45% on three separate occasions, and never fell below 40% as a member of the Halos. Boone tallied an impressive 12.1 wins above replacement during his time in Anaheim.