All-Angels Team: Final Unveil

By Brian Helberg
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All-Angels Team Right Fielder: Tim Salmon (1992-2006)

The California Angels selected Tim Salmon out of Grand Canyon University in the third round of the 1989 draft. Salmon spent his entire 14-year career in an Angels uniform, and he is one of the most beloved players in franchise history. It is hard to pick just one season to highlight from Salmon’s illustrious career, but 1995 is the year that stands out. Salmon was one of the focal points for the upstart Halos in ‘95, batting .330, with 34 home runs and 105 RBI’s across 143 games. Salmon finished seventh in MVP voting in ’95, and took home the Silver Slugger. Shockingly, Salmon never made an all-star appearance in his career, but he did finish in the top 14 of MVP voting three times, win one Silver Slugger and win the 1993 Rookie of the Year award. He made the postseason just once during his career, but he made it count. Salmon was a big reason why the Halos took home the 2002 World Series, as he hit .346, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s during the seven game series.

Tim Salmon may not have received the national attention he deserved throughout his career, but Angels’ fans never overlooked his accomplishments. Salmon finished his 14-year career with a batting average of .282, 299 home runs and 1016 runs batted in. His 299 dingers set the franchise record for home runs as an Angel. Salmon posted pedestrian numbers out in right field, but he was never a deficit defensively. His .978 career fielding percentage fell just short of the .983 average during the same era. The Phoenix, AZ product’s 2.30 range factor per 9 innings actually bested the league average of 2.15. Tim Salmon posted a remarkable 40.5 wins above replacement over the course of 1672 games as a member of the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels.

Tim Salmon recorded 66% of the fan vote to earn the title of the greatest right fielder in franchise history. The All-Angels Team is looking a little fishy with Salmon and Trout making up two thirds of the outfield.

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