When choosing an LA Angels all-time best second baseman, the squad has had only a few that can be considered outstanding.
It’s a key position with shortstop to form the keystone. Up the middle is usually a defense first spot, but the LA Angels have been fortunate to have had second basemen that can hit as well as field.
Second basemen have to be versatile. They almost have to be a combination of infielder and outfielder, especially the way the game is played currently. Players that patrol the number 4 position also have to communicate with other players on how to set themselves up defensively.
Second basemen have to be agile, quick and also have the wherewithal to be the captain of the infield. That being said, here are the three that have set the standard in LA Angels history.
The No. 3 most legendary LA Angels second basemen of all-time: Bobby Knoop
Originally from Montebello, California, slick fielding Bobby Knoop formed the first great keystone combination with LA Angels legendary shortstop Jim Fregosi. Knoop was a four-time LA Angels team MVP.
He won the Gold Glove award for fielding excellence in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Knoop has some power evidenced by hitting 17 home runs, 18 doubles and 11 triples during his lone all-star season in 1966.
Knoop had been involved as a coach with the LA Angels after his playing days. He officially retired last season.