Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Garret Anderson retires
Angel Great Garret Anderson announced his retirement from baseball yesterday. Dang! Its always tough to see one of my favorites go. He was easily in my top 5 All-Time Angels that I've seen play; right up there with Nolan Ryan, Wally Joyner, Jim Abbott, and Tim Salmon.
He played 17 seasons, 15 with the Angels, and holds numerous Angels career records. Too many to list.
Should the Angels retire his number? Yes.
Is he National Baseball Hall of Fame worthy? I think he is. (yes I'm partial)
Just to note his career accomplishments:
career batting average of .293
3,984 total bases
2,682 putouts in left field
World Series title in 2002
2× Silver Slugger Award winner (2002, 2003)
All-Star in 2002, 2003 and 2005
2003 MLB All-Star Game MVP
2003 Home Run Derby winner
A 10 RBI game
#7 in Top 100 Angels
Man, what else can I say but I for one will miss seeing him play. Sweet swing, fluid fielding, cannon arm, all-around awesome.
With that, my tribute. 15 cards from 15 great Anaheim years of Garret Anderson 1994 - 2008 (I would have done 17 years but couldn't find a Brave and Dodger card):