Darin Erstad was the heart and soul of the
When you look at his numbers, Erstad only had one great season with the Angels: 2000, when he hit .355 with 25 homers, 100 RBIs and 121 runs scored. For a while, he flirted with breaking the record for most hits in a season before finishing with 240, 17 shy of the record at the time.
Although he never reached those heights again (in fact, he never even hit .300 again), Erstad was a key part of the 2002 World Series champs, hitting .421 in a four-game win over the
Erstad won three gold gloves and was named to two all-star teams with the Angels. On the team's all-time list, he is 10th in batting average (.286), fifth in games played (1,320), fourth in runs scored (818) and fourth in hits (1,505).
Erstad is currently head coach of Nebraska's baseball team.