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It has been 20 years since the Angels' biggest collapse

It has been 20 years since the Angels' biggest collapse

It was 20 years ago this week that Gary DiSarcina, then an All-Star shortstop for the Angels, suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base against the Seattle Mariners, an injury that might have triggered one of baseball's greatest collapses. Though the Angels lost that day — Aug. 3, 1995 — they held an 11-game lead in the American League West, one they built by winning 17 of 20 games after the All-Star break. DiSarcina was batting .317 and providing reliable defense when he got hurt, and when he returned seven weeks later, the entire lead was gone and the red-hot Mariners stood atop the division. "If this team can't survive the loss of...

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