We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Angels of all time. We received 993 ballots. Each weekday morning, a new person will be listed as we count down all 10.
Remember, any Angel was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot. Your first choice received 12 points, second choice 10, third place eight, all the way down to one point for 10th place.
So without further ado, here is No. 5:
No. 5: Jim Fregosi (37 first-place votes, 3,823 points)
You can easily make a case for Fregosi to be the greatest Angel of all time. Not only is he the best shortstop in team history, he managed them to their first playoff appearance in 1979.
In his second full season (1964), Fregosi, 22, hit .277 with 18 home runs and started for the
But perhaps Fregosi's greatest contribution to the team came after the 1971 season, when he was traded to the
Fregosi bounced from team to team until the
Autry wanted to make Fregosi the new Angels manager, replacing Dave Garcia. In 1979, Fregosi’s first full year as manager, the Angels won
Fregosi was fired as Angels manager in 1981, and the team retired his number (11) in 1998.
You can read a detailed account of Fregosi's career at the SABR bio project.