Name: Garret Anderson
Position: Left Field
Number(s): 16, 18
Years Played As an Angel: 15
Career Stats: .295 Avg., 285 HR's, 1,353 RBI's, 2501 hits
How He Was Acquired: Garret Anderson was drafted by the California Angels in the 4th round of the 1990 Amateur Draft out of Kennedy Hills High School in Granada Hills. The lean, sweet-swinging left-handed outfielder made his Major League debut for the Angels on July 27th, 1994 and played in his final game for the franchise on October 6th, 2008.
Why You Should Know Him: Over his 15 year career in an Angels uniform, “GA” was a model for consistency, accumulating statistics which place him at or near the top of the franchise’s all-time leaderboard in almost every offensive category. Anderson ranks first amongst all Angels in career games played, hits, total bases, at-bats, singles, doubles, extra-base hits, grand slams, career RBI, RBI in a single game (10) and consecutive games with an RBI (12).
In 2002, when the Angels won the franchise’s first and only World Series Championship, Anderson delivered the key hit in the deciding Game Seven when he connected for a three-run double off of San Francisco Giants’ right-hander Livan Hernandez in the third inning. GA’s biggest hit proved to be the difference as the Angels won, 4-1.
Memorable Moments/Games: Anderson played in three All-Star games, winning both the Home Run Derby and MVP honors in the 2003 mid-Summer classic.
Where is he now: Before the 2009 season, Garret Anderson signed a 1 year, $2 Million free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves. He is currently an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2010 season.
Contributed by Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer