Number 1 greatest LA Angels first baseman of all-time: Rod Carew
The 1979 trade that brought Rod Carew to the LA Angels quickly legitimized the squad as contenders. His best years were with the Minnesota Twins. Coming into his Angels career, he was a twelve time All-Star and seven time batting champion.
Carew was productive for the LA Angels, hitting .314 and being elected to the All-Star game six times. He hit a combined .294 for the LA Angels during the postseasons of 1979 and 1982.
Carew’s six All-Star games were the team record until it was broken by LA Angels great Mike Trout. Carew didn’t hit for power, but made terrific contact including getting his 3,000th hit with the team. He was a great bunter and slick fielder.
Rod Carew was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Currently, the Angels have a first baseman that will hopefully end up on this list in the future. Having hit .280/.338/.531 (0.869 OPS) in his first couple Big League seasons, he was selected as an All-Star this year. Combining very productive hitting with elite defense, there certainly is a chance that Jared Walsh will be the next great first baseman on the list.