LA Angels: Who is the greatest first baseman in franchise history?
By Jeffrey Bellone
3) Scott Spiezio
Scott Spiezio‘s time with the Angels was short, it only lasted four seasons, but sweet, he was a key piece to the 2002 World Series championship team. After splitting time between pinch-hitting and designated hitter duties in 2000, Spiezio took over at first base from 2001-2003.
During the Angels championship run, he hit a home run in each postseason series, batting .421 against the Yankees in the ALDS, .364 against the Twins in the ALCS, and .300 against the Giants in the World Series. Without Spiezio’s clutch hitting, the Angels don’t win their first title in team history.
I mean, who can forget his three-run homer in Game 6 of the World Series? Trailing 5-0 in the seventh inning, with the series appearing to be over, his clutch home run sparked the momentum that led to the Angels coming from behind and winning that critical game.
The switch-hitter batted .287/.354/.473 over 391 games at first base for the Angels. He hit 43 home runs and drove in 207 RBIs. His 12 triples is tied for second most all-time among Halo first basemen.