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.