Los Angeles Angels: Top 5 Center Fielders in Team History
4. Torii Hunter (5 seasons, 713 games)
21.2 WAR, .286 BA, 768 H, 105 HR, 432 RBI
Hunter was an instant fan favorite and joined the Los Angeles Angels after 12 fantastic years with the Minnesota Twins. During a press conference with the Halos, Hunter was pictured with the Rally Monkey on his shoulder where he looked at the monkey and said ,”I think you and I are going to become good friends.”
His impressive career continued in Anaheim and hit the ground running as soon as he joined the team, showing his all-around value. Offensively, he batted .278 with 21 home runs and 78 runs batted in, then showed his speed on the bases swiping 19 bags, and his defense shined as he won his eighth-consecutive Gold Glove.
With the Angels, he would go on to win two more Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger and make the All-Star team twice, never batting under .262 and hitting at least 20 home runs in four of his five years with the team. He also never had a defensive fielding percentage lower than .982.
To add further to the resume, he did damage in the postseason, batting .314 in 13 games with the Angels. In 2009, Hunter helped lead the Angels back to ALCS for the first time since 2005 as the team swept the Red Sox in three-straight games. That season he hit .290 with 22 home runs and 90 RBIs while winning his ninth-consecutive Gold Glove in center field.
Hunter was also greatly credited with helping mentor current Angel star Mike Trout during his rookie season and also giving up his center field spot to Trout. The two are still close to this day.
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