This is the Angels franchise home run leaders list, which means there’s one criterion that has to be met: Mike Trout must be at the top. Of course, that’s true in this case, and each home run he hits just furthers his current lead as L.A.’s all-time home run leader.
Let’s marvel at his greatness just a little more, along with the other mortals who are gracing the top of the leaderboard with him for the time being.
Angels Franchise Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Mike Trout: 336 Home Runs (…and counting)
What’s left to say about this guy? The 2022 season is Trout’s age-30 campaign and he’s already the franchise’s home run leader. He’s littered himself all over the Angels’ single-season home run leaderboard thanks to his two 40-homer performances. Trout has also racked up four other seasons of 30-plus homers in the process. It’d be more than that if he didn’t have to play a pandemic-shortened season in 2020 and wasn’t limited to just 36 games in 2021 because of injury.
It’s not even Memorial Day 2022 as this gets written, and Trout is on the verge of securing the ninth season of at least 3.0 fWAR in his career. It’ll also be his first since 2019 when he racked up 8.3. It’s worth noting that to this point in his career, Trout has led the league in OPS four times, including three consecutive years from 2017-19. His average triple slash during those 1,715 plate appearances? It was a healthy .303/.447/.634, leading to an OPS of 1.081.
Tim Salmon: 299 Home Runs
Tim Salmon spent the entirety of his 14-year career with the Angels, and would you believe that he never got elected to an All-Star Game? The outfielder won the 1993 AL Rookie of the Year award, took home a Silver Slugger, and won the 2002 World Series, but never went to a midsummer classic. He even appeared in the top-15 of AL MVP voting three times and still didn’t get the shoulder tap.
From 1993 to 2003, Salmon was a picture of consistency in the power department, as he never finished a year with fewer than 17 dingers. This includes five seasons of 30-plus homers. The most powerful stretch of his career came from 1995 to 1997, when he surpassed 30 dingers in three consecutive years. This period spanned 2,014 plate appearances, and Salmon slashed .303/.403/.536 while averaging 32 homers, 111 RBI, and 99 runs scored.
Garret Anderson: 272 Home Runs
Although Garret Anderson is technically not a career Angel, he might as well be. He spent all but 215 games in his 17-year career with the franchise. Anderson played his second-to-last season in Atlanta with the Braves, but finished things off in southern California for his final season, playing 80 games with the Dodgers.
The veteran outfielder was one of those guys who was a consistent producer at the plate but always seemed to fly under the radar. I mean, did you remember that he won the 2003 Home Run Derby? Not many do, but he did.
Anderson enjoyed 14 seasons with at least 10 homers, and despite surpassing 30 just once (35 in 2000), his power peak is easy to see. Between 2000 and 2003, he racked up at least 28 home runs with 100-plus RBI and 39-plus doubles. Anderson collected 40 two-baggers three times during this stretch, leading the league in back-to-back years (56 in 2002, 49 in 2003).
Brian Downing: 222 Home Runs
Brian Downing spent 20 years in the big leagues. His first five were with the Chicago White Sox and the last two were with the Texas Rangers, meaning the middle 13 were with the Angels. All of Downing’s individual accomplishments (as outlined by Baseball-Reference) came with California. He led the league in walks with 106 in 1987, placed in the top-20 of AL MVP voting three times, and was voted to the 1979 All-Star Game.
It’s interesting to see Downing on this list, especially after looking at his yearly power production. From 1973 to 1981, he hit more than 10 homers in a season just twice (10 in ’74 and 12 in ’79). From 1981 through the end of his career (1992), he hit at least 10 every single year. This streak included six different 20-homer performances, as well.
His best overall season when using OPS as the barometer happened in ’87 when he posted a .886 mark. It was powered by a .272/.400/.487 line with a career-high 29 home runs, 77 RBI, and 110 runs scored.
Albert Pujols: 222 Home Runs
Albert Pujols‘ time with the Angels wasn’t nearly as fruitful as his time with the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a span of time that’d be hard for any player to match, though. The future Hall of Famer did enjoy six seasons of 20-plus homers for the Halos, with three of them going for at least 30. The last elite stretch of power we saw from the right-handed slugger came in 2015 and 2016.
Pujols racked up consecutive 30-homer seasons for the final time in his career, combining for 71 total dingers. The triple slash wasn’t anything we were used to seeing from him in his earlier days (.256/.315/.469), but with the ability to stay healthy enough to rack up plate appearances, he collected the counting stats.
Angels Franchise Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of the Angels’ top-23 career home run leaders looks like:
- Troy Glaus: 182 home runs
- Vladimir Guerrero: 173 Chili Davis: 156
- Bobby Grich: 154
- Don Baylor: 141
- Kole Calhoun: 140
- Doug DeCinces: 130
- Reggie Jackson: 123
- Jim Edmonds: 121
- Shohei Ohtani: 120 (…and counting)
- Wally Joyner: 117
- Darin Erstad: 114
- Torii Hunter: 105
- Jack Howell: 100
- Mark Trumbo: 95
- Mike Napoli: 92
- Juan Rivera: 92
- Kendrys Morales: 79
If you’re interested in seeing who is on the outside looking in, check out the rest here on FanGraphs.