All Angels Team: Left Fielder [Poll]

By Brian Helberg
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The California Angels selected Garret Anderson in the fourth round of the 1990 draft out of Kennedy High in Granada Hills, CA. Anderson quickly climbed his way up the Angels system, making his big league debut in July of 1994. Anderson made a big impact in 1995, finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting after batting .321, with 16 home runs and 69 RBI’s. Anderson played his best ball in 2002 when he hit .306, with 29 home runs, 123 RBI’s, and a league leading 56 doubles. Anderson to cause problems for opposing pitchers in October of ’02, as he hit .300, with 2 home runs and 13 RBI’s en route to the Angels capturing their first World Series title in club history. Anderson made three All-Star appearances, won two Silver Sluggers, and finished in the top 21 of MVP voting three times during his 15 years in Anaheim.

Garret Anderson is one of the most beloved player in Angels’ history, and rightfully so. He was always smiling, and was one of the leaders on and off the field for the World Series winning team. Anderson finished his illustrious 15-year stint in Anaheim batting .296, with 272 home runs, 1292 RBI’s, and an incredible 2, 368 hits. The Grenada Hills product was an above average defender, posting a career .988 fielding percentage against a league average of .983 during the same era. His 2.11 range factor per 9 innings matched the league average. Anderson tallied 28 wins above replacement during his tenure in the big A.

Garret Anderson is one of the greatest Angels of all time. He played 2,013 games in an Angels uniform. Anderson was a fixture in Anaheim for 15 years, and is one of the only players in the history of the franchise who was a member of the California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Anderson will soon take his rightful place in the Angels Hall of Fame.

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