Halo Trivia: Which Angel has Recorded the Highest Season BA?

By Mike Greyshock
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Darin Erstad — 2000 BA .355

Two players on our list have interesting connections; Bobby Grich and Darin Erstad are both all time great Angels who only batted over .300 once in their long careers (at least in a full season). In 2000 Erstad had more than a career year, he blew up to have a season for the ages (check the list above). He hit .355/.409/.541 while recording league highs in PA and hits with 240!

Prior to that season he had never batted .300 and never would again. He’d never had more than 161 hits and would top out at 177 in the future. He hit 25 homers in 2000 to make it his only career season with more than 19. Just compare that season to the career number he retired with, .282/.336/.407. Something clicked that year. Whatever the zone is he was riding it like a long wave at San-O.

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One stat I found interesting was that his OPS+ was “only” 137. Since OPS+ adjusts to league average, it goes to show you just how inflated offense was at that time. Mike Trout’s lowest OPS+ was last year with an OPS+ 167. He may have hit 11 more long balls but was he really 30% better offensively? Another stat which puts offense in perspective is the fact that he finished 8th in MVP voting that year (Jason Giambi won).

Erstad put up a season which Angels fans will long remember and look back on that magical season.

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