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Los Angeles Angels: 4 former players make Hall of Fame ballot

SEATTLE - JUNE 15: Right fielder Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a diving catch of a ball hit by Jack Wilson #2 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JUNE 15: Right fielder Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a diving catch of a ball hit by Jack Wilson #2 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 22: LaTroy Hawkins #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 22: LaTroy Hawkins #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images) /

LaTroy Hawkins

Hawkins only spent one year in an Angels uniform, but it was a decent one.

A career-long reliever, Hawkins spent 21 years in MLB, a remarkable feat of durability and longevity rarely matched among players today.

The right-hander pitched out of Los Angeles’ bullpen in 2012, accruing a 3.64 ERA in 48 appearances and picking up one save in the process. Hawkins’ 4.48 FIP and 1.38 WHIP that season indicate that he benefitted from some luck, but nevertheless served as a valuable cog in the Angels’ bullpen.

Like Haren, the Halos did not capitalize on Hawkins’ performance while with the team, as they missed the playoffs in 2012. The reliever would sign with the New York Mets in 2013.

Hawkins’ 21 years in baseball serve as his greatest asset when pondering his Hall of Fame case. However, his career 4.31 ERA and 127 saves are relatively underwhelming considering his career length. Hawkins will likely miss induction into Cooperstown in 2021.

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