The 10 greatest Angels of all time, No. 1: Nolan Ryan
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. 1:
No. 1: Nolan Ryan (348 first-place votes), 8,242 points
Why is Nolan Ryan No. 1 on this list? Here’s why (his numbers with the Angels): 288 games started, 156 complete games, four no-hitters, 138-121 record, 3.07 ERA, 2,416 strikeouts in 2,181.1 innings. Need I elaborate?
Ryan was acquired on Dec. 10, 1971, along with Frank Estrada, Don Rose and Lee Stanton, from the New York Mets for Jim Fregosi, who was voted the fifth-greatest Angel of all time.
Ryan played eight seasons for the Angels before he was allowed to leave as a free agent, with the famous line by then-GM Buzzie Bavasi, “We only need to replace Ryan with two 8–7 pitchers.” Ryan had just finished the 1979 season with a 16-14 record.
Ryan went on to pitch for 14 more seasons. The Angels retired his number (30) in 1992.
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 10: Frank Tanana
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 9: Chuck Finley
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 8: Darin Erstad
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 7: Rod Carew
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 6: Gene Autry
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 5: Jim Fregosi
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 4: Garret Anderson
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 3: Brian Downing
The 10 greatest Angels, No. 2: Tim Salmon
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