LA Angels fans have had the fortune of cheering for exemplary denizens of the hot corner for decades.
Occupants of the number 5 position have been some of the best players in LA Angels history.
Third base is a power position and LA Angels players throughout the franchise’s storied time have been no exception. They have been leaders of the ballclub.
No duration of success has been without a strong and talented resident third sacker.
The current occupant, Anthony Rendon, is detrimental to any championship aspirations that the legendary Mike Trout and current American League MVP Shohei Ohtani, along with the entire LA Angels organization, have for this coming season.
Let’s fire up the old time machine and venture back in history to remember the standard bearers of LA Angels history.
The No. 3 most legendary LA Angels third baseman of all-time: Chone Figgins
Chone Figgins wasn’t the prototypical third baseman, but his ability to steal bases and strongly field his position made him a strong contributor as a spark plug atop the lineup.
Figgins helped the club win consecutive American League West Division titles in 2004 and 2005, and again from 2007 through 2009.
Figgy was one of the best base stealers of his era, leading the Majors with 62 swipes in 2005 and averaging 44 stolen bases a season from 2004-2009.
He received MVP Award votes in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009, finishing a career-best 10th in the balloting in 2009, which was his best season with the club.
His 280 stolen bases is the LA Angels record. He played 527 games at third base; ranking fourth-best in team history.