Los Angeles Angels: Top 5 Center Fielders in Team History

By Mitch Quesada
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2. Darin Erstad (11 seasons, 1320 games)

32.6 WAR, .286 BA, 1505 H, 114 HR, 625 RBI

The man who caught the final out when the Angels won their only World Series in 2002, Erstad spent almost his entire career with the Halos and put up numbers that competed with the teams’ greats. Erstad also hit a key home run in the famous game 6 comeback that propelled the Angels to a 6-5 victory evening the series with the Giants at three games a piece.  He batted .300 in the seven game series victory that gave the Angels their only World Series Title.

He ranks 4th in Los Angeles Angels history in hits, runs, and stolen bases and is in the top-10 in just about every other major category. Erstad had his finest season in 2000 batting .355 with an Angels record 240 hits with 25 home runs and 100 RBI’s with 28 stolen stolen bases. Erstad won the Silver Slugger Award, Gold Glove, was an All-Star, and finished 8th in the AL MVP race.

He won a Silver Slugger, made two All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves. While Erstad was known for getting on base and making good decisions once there, his defense is sometimes overlooked for how valuable it was. Erstad played great in the field in his time with the Angels playing left field, center field, and first base.

In 2002, his defensive WAR was 4.2, the best in the Majors and he had a career .996 fielding percentage.

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