Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The 10 Greatest Seasons in Angels History: #9 - 2000
The Angels only went 82-80, but it signaled the start of an era. It was the first season of the Mike Scioscia regime here in Anaheim. It was also a really fun season to watch the Angels, even if they were never really in contention for a playoff spot.
Troy Glaus led the AL with 47 Homers, while Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon followed with 36, 35 and 34 respectively. Really though... as much as we come down on Steroids, how much fun were those 11-9 games with 6 homers on either side? Jarrod Washburn somehow went 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA, while Troy Percival notched 32 Saves. Darin Erstad was really the catalyst for the club, hitting .355 with 25 Home Runs and 100 RBI's. This season really added some excitement to baseball in Anaheim for the first time since 1986.
While they finished around .500, this was probably one of the most important seasons in Angels History. It began a decade of a winning attitude in Anaheim, and helped lead to the sale of the club to Arte Moreno in 2003.