The LA Angels fans have enjoyed many fine shortstops in the team's history.
The number 6 position has played an integral part in the club's most successful seasons.
Shortstop is detrimental to any contending ball club’s success. Any championship team has a shortstop that is ingrained in that team’s fans' memory. For example, the Atlanta Braves unlikely run this year was solidified by Dansby Swanson’s play.
For the LA Angels, the position is a glaring weak spot at the present.
Shortstop is a field-first position. They need to hold down the defense in the infield. An offensive shortstop is a bonus.
LA Angels general manager Perry Minasian will need to scour the rosters of other teams for someone decent. Preferably a shortstop that can defend and contribute offensively. Prospects Jeremiah Jackson and Kyren Paris still need more seasoning.
That said, let's look at the best the LA Angels have had so far.
The No. 3 most legendary LA Angels shortstop of all-time: Dick Schofield
It was tough picking between multiple gold glove winning shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Dick Schofield, but Schofield was picked by the LA Angels in 1981 and made his debut as a 20-year-old in 1983.
His best season came in 1986, when he hit .249/.321/.397 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in 139 games, finishing 22nd in the balloting for AL MVP.
Schofield also hit .300 with a homer, a double and two RBIs in the 1986 ALCS against the Red Sox. The durable shortstop is tied for 10th in team history with 1,086 games played.