Today is supposed to be the start of the 2020 season, so I thought it would be fun to list the best Opening Day lineups in Angels history.
The thing I will miss most about Opening Day is reading the first lineup card. Hopefully, we will get a chance to do this in June or July, but for now, we are left feeling nostalgic about what we don’t have. In the meantime, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at the best Opening Day lineups in Angels history.
In ranking the best lineups, I am not looking for the best lineup that was used in Game 3 or Game 37; I am only concerned with the lineup that was written on the lineup card for Opening Day of each season. If a star player happened to miss the opener, they won’t be considered in the lineup, even if they ended up playing a majority of time in the lineup that season.
In terms of performance, while I will consider historical significance, I am mostly focused on how the players in the Opening Day lineup ended up performing that particular season. This opens up the possibility for player like Kole Calhoun, who had a strong season at the plate in 2014, to be considered.
Surprisingly, after coming up with the list, there is one player conspicuously missing, for no fault of his own, but I will let you read ahead to see who I am talking about.
Without further ado, here are the top Opening Day lineups.