1997 Anaheim Angels season

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1997 Anaheim Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
Manager(s) Terry Collins
Local television FSN West
S. Anderson, S. Physioc
KCAL-9
Jerry Reuss, Steve Physioc
Local radio KMPC (AM 710)
Mario Impemba, Bob Starr
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The Anaheim Angels 1997 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. It was the first season for the franchise as the "Anaheim Angels," after playing under the name of the "California Angels" for the previous 31 seasons, plus part of another.

Offseason[edit]

  • October 28, 1996: Chili Davis was traded by the Angels to the Kansas City Royals for Mike Bovee and Mark Gubicza.[1]
  • November 12, 1996: Todd Van Poppel was selected off waivers by the Anaheim Angels from the Detroit Tigers.
  • November 26, 1996: J. T. Snow was traded by the Anaheim Angels to the San Francisco Giants for Allen Watson andFausto Macey (minors).[2]
  • December 5, 1996: Jim Leyritz was traded by the New York Yankees to the Anaheim Angels for players to be named later. The Anaheim Angels sent Jeremy Blevins (minors) (December 9, 1996) and Ryan Kane (minors) (December 9, 1996) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.[3]
  • December 6, 1996: Craig Grebeck was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[4]
  • March 26, 1997: Todd Van Poppel was released by the Anaheim Angels.
  • March 31, 1997: Jim Abbott was released by the Anaheim Angels.[5]

Regular season[edit]

  • June 17, 1997: The first interleague game between the Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers took place at Dodger Stadium. The rivalry would be known as the Freeway Series. The Dodgers won the game by a score of 4-3.[6]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 18, 1997: Tony Phillips was traded by the Chicago White Sox with Chad Kreuter to the Anaheim Angels for Chuck McElroy and Jorge Fábregas.[7]
  • July 10, 1997: Greg Cadaret was signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.[8]
  • July 29, 1997: Jim Leyritz was traded by the Anaheim Angels with a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for Ken Hill. The Anaheim Angels sent Rob Sasser (October 31, 1997) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.[3]
  • August 13, 1997: Rickey Henderson was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Anaheim Angels for a player to be named later, Ryan Hancock, and Stevenson Agosto (minors). The Anaheim Angels sent George Arias (August 19, 1997) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556 --
Anaheim Angels 84 78 .519 6
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 13
Oakland Athletics 65 97 .401 25

Roster[edit]

1997 Anaheim Angels
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Chad Kreuter 70 218 51 .234 4 18
1B Darin Erstad 139 539 161 .299 16 77
2B Luis Alicea 128 388 98 .253 5 37
3B Dave Hollins 149 572 165 .288 16 85
SS Gary DiSarcina 154 549 135 .246 4 47
LF Garret Anderson 154 624 189 .303 8 92
CF Jim Edmonds 133 502 146 .291 26 80
RF Tim Salmon 157 582 172 .296 33 129
DH Eddie Murray 46 160 35 .219 3 15

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tony Phillips 105 405 107 .264 6 48
Jim Leyritz 84 294 81 .276 11 50
Jack Howell 77 174 45 .259 14 34
Orlando Palmeiro 74 134 29 .216 0 8
Craig Grebeck 63 126 34 .270 1 6
Todd Greene 34 124 36 .290 9 24
Rickey Henderson 32 115 21 .183 2 7
Jorge Fábregas 21 38 3 .079 0 3
Chris Turner 13 23 6 .261 1 2
Robert Eenhoorn 11 20 7 .350 1 6
Angelo Encarnación 11 17 7 .412 1 4
George Arias 3 6 2 .333 0 1
Randy Velarde 1 0 0 .--- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Allen Watson 35 199 12 12 4.93 141
Jason Dickson 33 203.2 13 9 4.29 115
Dennis Springer 32 194.2 9 9 5.18 75
Chuck Finley 25 164 13 6 4.23 155
Ken Hill 12 79 4 4 3.65 38
Mark Langston 9 48 2 4 5.85 30
Matt Perisho 11 45 0 2 6.00 35
Mark Gubicza 2 5 0 1 25.07 5

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Shigetoshi Hasegawa 50 117 3 7 3.93 83
Darrell May 29 52 2 1 5.23 42
Kevin Gross 12 25 2 1 6.75 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Bovee 3 0 0 0 5.40 5

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Bruce Hines
AA Midland Angels Texas League Mitch Seoane
A Lake Elsinore Storm California League Don Long
A Cedar Rapids Kernels Midwest League Mario Mendoza
Short-Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Tom Kotchman
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Bill Lachemann

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chili Davis page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ J.T. Snow Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ a b Jim Leyritz Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/grebecr01.shtml
  5. ^ Jim Abbott Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ http://www.thebaseballnexus.com/team_games/ANA/1997
  7. ^ Tony Phillips Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cadargr01.shtml
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
Preceded by
1996
Anaheim Angels seasons
1997
Succeeded by
1998