Special Sub-Topic: Calling All You Angels
|This player, the first World Series MVP in Angels history, was not offered a contract by the Angels after the 2004 season. The team instead preferred to give playing time to up-and-coming Dallas McPherson.|
Troy Glaus. Troy Glaus had quite the time in Anaheim, winning the AL home run crown in 2000 with 47 home runs and posting a .347 avg, and 1.246 OPS in his playoff career with Anaheim. Yet, the money Glaus commanded from free agency was too great for the Angels to pay, and they instead gave the third base position to the young hotshot prospect Dallas McPherson. Later that offseason, the Angels would use the money saved on Glaus to sign Paul Byrd and Orlando Cabrera.
|This Angel left after the 2002 season, but hardly anyone noticed. He was acquired in the middle of 2002 for Jorge Fabregas, and his main role was as a defensive replacement for Tim Salmon late in ballgames. After only 70 ABs in all of 2002, he left Anaheim and signed with St. Louis as a free agent.|
Alex Ochoa. Alex Ochoa only appeared in 49 total games for the Angels in 2002 as a defensive replacement. After collecting his ring in Anaheim, Ochoa signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. He would never play in St. Louis though, as 17 days later he agreed to yet another contract with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League.
|This reliever recorded over 300 saves with the Anaheim Angels. While he was often in the spotlight during the 2002 playoffs, the 2004 playoffs were not as kind to him. He was not called to throw a single pitch for the Angels during those playoffs. |
Troy Percival. In Game 3 of the 2004 ALDS, Boston and Anaheim went to the bottom of the 10th tied at six. With a runner on and Francisco Rodriguez tiring, the call inexplicably went against Percival once again. Washburn was summoned and immediately gave up the game-winning homerun, ending Anaheim's season. It was a sad end for Percival's career in Anaheim, highlighted by 316 career saves and closing out every series of the 2002 playoffs. Not offered a contract by the Angels after the 2004 season, Percival instead found a place to play in Detroit.
|This fan favorite was acquired off waivers from Boston in 2001. Despite his .300 career postseason batting average and solid fundamentals, he was not offered a contract after the Angels signed Orlando Cabrera following the 2004 season.|
David Eckstein. Known throughout Anaheim as the "X-Factor" and loved for his hussle and determination, the Angels nonetheless managed to let the lovable David Eckstein leave. Although he was often described as "just enough", he became one of the most liked Angels during his tenure in Anaheim. Displaced by the high-priced Orlando Cabrera, Eckstein moved on and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2004 season.
|This Angel split time with Adam Kennedy at second base throughout the 2002 season. After seeing vastly reduced playing time in the 2003 season, he left Anaheim and made stops in Cleveland, Colorado, Chicago, Detroit, and Seattle.|
Benji Gil. Benji Gil would often start when the Angels were facing a left handed starting pitcher. Adam Kennedy, the "prime" second baseman, had difficulties hitting lefties whereas Gil handled them much better. After 2002, Kennedy began finding his stroke and the Angels started playing Kennedy against lefties as well. With his role diminished, Gil left Anaheim.
|This Angels pitcher, who was 2-0 in the 2002 playoffs despite a 9.00 ERA, demanded a trade after being discouraged with his demotion to the bullpen in 2004. After the 2004 season, the Angels obliged, sending him to Cincinnati for minor leaguer Dustin Moseley.|
Ramon Ortiz. Ramon Ortiz, once billed as "Little Pedro", never was really able to live up to his nickname. He had some decent years for the Angels, but in 2004 when the Angels tapped Aaron Sele as their fifth starter instead of Ortiz, he became frustrated. Trade talks and demands swirled around him for most of the 2004 season and ultimately led to Ortiz being dealt to Cincinnati after the season. His Angel highlights include winning Game 3 of the World Series in 2002 and outduelling his idol Pedro Martinez in a thrilling 2-1 game in 2000.
|This pitcher signed right before the 2002 season, battled arm problems throughout his three years as an Angel. He was only able to manage 24 wins in those three years and did not pitch for the Angels at all in the 2002 or 2004 playoffs. After the 2004 season, he signed with the team he left in 2002.|
Aaron Sele. The big money signing of Aaron Sele to bolster the rotation brought great excitment to Angels fans. Unfortunately, Sele suffered arm problems midway through 2002 and never really regained his form after that. After the 2004 season, Aaron Sele signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners, the team he left to come to Anaheim in 2002.
|Acquired in January 2002 for Brian Cooper, this Angel provided some much needed power to the lineup; he was 2nd on the team in slugging percentage in the 2002 regular season. Midway through 2003 he suffered a leg injury which sidelined him for the rest of the season. After the 2003 season, he left Anaheim as a free agent and signed with another AL West team.|
Brad Fullmer. Brad Fullmer was acquired from Toronto for Brian Cooper in January of 2002. This trade gave Anaheim the DH that they desperately needed and with this legitimate DH threat they took off. Unfortunately, Fullmer injured himself sprinting to first midway through 2003 and by the time he was healthy again, free agency had swept him away to the Texas Rangers.
|This pitcher, who did not win a single playoff game in 2002, was acquired from the Mets prior to the 2002 season. He performed well for the Angels in 2002, going 14-12 with a 3.92 ERA. It all changed in 2003 though. A decline in performance as well as a strained relationship with management led to the Angels realeasing him. He would sign later that season with the Kansas City Royals.|
Kevin Appier. The Angels finally ended the Mo Vaughn saga by dealing Vaughn to the Mets in exchange for Kevin Appier prior to the 2002 season. Appier surpassed all expectations in 2002, going 14-12 with a 3.92 ERA. The 2003 season was a different story though. Appier went 7-7 with a 5.63 ERA and was constantly feuding with coaches and management. Appier would be released midway through 2003 with the Angels still paying him even after he re-signed with Kansas City later in 2003.
|This Angels pitcher only started six games in 2002 and was left off the postseason roster. He was primarily used as a replacement for the injured Aaron Sele and didn't do too badly, going 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA. His biggest moment of 2002 came against Boston, where he matched opposing pitcher Derek Lowe by giving up only three runs in six innings.|
Mickey Callaway. Mickey Callaway's claim to fame in Anaheim lore came late in August of 2002. Aaron Sele was out with an injury and the Angels sent out Callaway to battle the then dominant Derek Lowe (17-5 at the time) in a game with large wildcard implications. Most Angels fans trembled with fear when they saw the matchup, but Calloway held his ground, allowing only three runs in six innings. He left the game tied at 3-3 and recieved a no decision, the Angels scored five in the ninth to win the key game 8-3. Callaway came back in 2003, both starting and relieving as space was available, but struggled greatly. He posted a 6.71 ERA in 17 appearances before being released by the Angels midway through 2003. He signed on with Texas later in 2003 but continued to struggle, posting 6.00+ ERAs in both 2003 and 2004.
|This bench player saw his time in the sun during game four of the 2002 ALDS. Given a chance to start at DH, he went three for four with three runs, two RBI, and the home run that tied the game and kicked off Anaheim's eight run inning. While this player saw increased playing time in 2003 due to all the injuries, he was never able to recapture that ALDS gaem four magic and was not offered a contract by Anaheim after the 2003 season. He ended up signing with Philadelphia for the 2004 season. |
Shawn Wooten. "Woot-Dog" was always able to gain affection from the crowd thanks to his local roots. He put together a couple of nice seasons coming off the bench in 2001 and 2002, but it all fell apart for him in 2003. Lack of production combined with the arrival of tons of free agents led to the Angels declining to offer Wooten a contract after 2003. Wooten moved on to Philadelphia where things went from bad to worse: he hit only .170 coming off the bench before being sent down to the minors.
|Most talk around this infielder dealt with his band, not his playing abilities. Still, he will always be remembered in Anaheim for his key World Series home run. He also holds the distinction of being one of only two Angel regulars to remain healthy throughout the 2003 season.|
Scott Spiezio. Scott Spiezio always seemed to find more people wanting to talk about his metal band ("Sandfrog") than about baseball, although he never seemed to mind. While Angel fans will never forget his clutch three run home run late in game six of the World Series, Spiezio was also a great defensive first baseman in his years with the Angels. After 2003, unable to find playing time in Anaheim with the infulx of free agents, Spiezio signed with the Seattle Mariners.
|The Angels found this reliever on waivers in 2000. Despite his struggles in the NL, he immediaely paid dividends for Anaheim with four straight years with an ERA under 3.50. But in 2004 it all fell apart: he posted an ERA over 8.00 in both the MLB and AAA and found himself optioned to single A. In December of 2004, he left Anaheim and signed with Cincinnati.|
Ben Weber. Ben Weber, who in 1996 was playing in an independent league and in was out of baseball entirely in 1997 and 1998, was hanging on for dear life in San Francisco in 2000. After a solid AAA stint, the Giants called him up in 2000 and he struggled, posting a 14.63 ERA. Oddly enough, after being claimed off waivers by the Angels mid-season, Weber finished out 2000 with a 1.93 ERA in 10 appearences. The successful trend continued in Anaheim as Weber posted ERAs under 3.50 every season for the next three years. In 2004 though, it all fell apart just as quickly. His 8.06 ERA led to his demotion to AAA, where he recorded an unimpressive 8.64 ERA. Having fallen from grace (and the Anaheim depth charts), Weber left Anaheim after the 2004 season and headed for Cincinatti.
|This pinch-hitting specialist spent the better part of five seasons coming off the bench for the Angels. Known as a slap-hitter who excelled at getting on base, this Angel was unusually quiet in the 2002 playoffs, getting only one double in the 6 games he appeared in. Still, this player managed a .281 avg and a .361 obp mostly pinch hitting for the Angels over five years, not bad for a 33rd round pick. After 2002, he left Anaheim and signed with St. Louis, where he played for a season before joining Houston in 2004.|
Orlando Palmeiro. Orlando Palmeiro was drafted in the 33rd round by the Angels in 1991. While he would never become an everyday player for them, he became an indispensible part of their bench. In 645 games as an Angel, Palmeiro provided a steady bat, hitting .281 with a .361 obp. After a quiet 2002 playoffs, Palmeiro left Anaheim and signed with St. Louis for 2003, and then moved on to Houston for the 2004 season.
|This Angels pitcher was also unhappy with his demotion from the rotation to the bullpen in 2002. He stuck with the team in the bullpen throughout 2002 and usually was saved to face difficult left-handed batters. This would make sense since he was the only left-handed reliever the 2002 Angels bullpen had. Midway through 2003, he finally got sick of relieving and demanded a trade. The Angels obliged, trading him to the White Sox, where in 2004 he started 19 games and put up a 6-9 record with a 5.59 ERA. |
Scott Schoeneweis. Scott Schoeneweis got his career as a starting pitcher off to a quick start, throwing a complete game shutout early in 2000, his first year as a starter. His ERA improved each of the next two years, but after signing Aaron Sele and trading for Kevin Appier, Schoeneweis found himself the odd man out and was sent to the bullpen. Although not enthusiastic about the move, Schoeneweis prospered as a lefty specialist coming out of the pen, posting a 3.25 ERA in 39 regular season appearances and a 3.00 ERA in six playoff appearances. He eventually tired of bullpen work however and in 2003 asked to be traded. The Angels obliged and in July of 2003 Schoeneweis was traded to the White Sox. Schoeneweis finished 2003 in the bullpen, but returned to starting in 2004. The White Sox were less than impressed with Schoeneweis the Starter and declined to offer him a contract. In January 2005, Schoeneweis moved on and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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