Angels: 3 players who resurrected their careers in Anaheim

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Pitcher Bert Blyleven of the California Angels. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Several players have resurrected their careers in Anaheim while wearing an Angels uniform. We broke down the top three examples.

When your team name is the Angels, it’s hard to ignore spiritual metaphors. After all, this is the same team who was featured in Disney’s classic, Angels in the Outfield. So on Easter Sunday, I thought it would be fun to look back at players who resurrected their careers in Anaheim.

The Angels have a rich history of players making comebacks wearing the halo on their caps. Six players have been named comeback player of the year, from Clyde Wright in 1970 to Tim Salmon in 2002.

Modern day fans remember Tim Salmon, who missed much of the 2004 season and all of the 2005 season recovering from a left knee and right rotator cuff injury. It seemed as if his career was over, before he returned in 2006. While still not at full strength, and only able to participate in 76 games, he proved he could still hit Major League pitching and ended his career on his own terms.

Salmon is a great comeback story, but in this article, I want to focus on players who made their names somewhere else, only to falter in their careers, before finding new life with the Angels. These are players who many outside of California might not remember having played in Anaheim, but whose time with the team represented a pivotal moment late in their careers.

Let’s look back at three players who resurrected their careers with the Angels.

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