September 5, 2020: Mike Trout hit the 300th home run of his career in a game against the Astros. Trout’s blast also set a new team record. All-Star Tim Salmon held the old record with 299.
Season Preview: The Angels go into battle with a “Big Four” of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Shohei Ohtani, and newcomer Anthony Rendon. They won’t have trouble scoring runs, but the pitching staff has a lot of question marks. The Angels will have to get big outs in pressure situations to give Trout his first shot at postseason baseball.
Season Recap: Mike Trout seemed like a sure thing for the AL MVP award until he was sidelined in September. The Angels were out of the Wild Card hunt by then, despite solid years from Cole Calhoun, David Fletcher, Andrelton Simmons, and Albert Pujols. Japanese sensation Shohei Otani hit well after an injury that kept him off the mound. The Angles could have used him: none of their starters lived up to his promise in 2019, and only reliever Hansel Robles had any kind of a breakthrough year.
June 13, 2019: Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese player to hit for the cycle in a major league game.
May 9, 2019: Albert Pujols joined Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez as the only players with 2,000 RBIs.
Season Preview: Mike Trout signed a new contract and will be an Angel for a long, long time. Beyond their superstar outfielder, the team has some work to do. Shoei Ohtani will be a hitter and not a pitcher in 2019. Justin Upton has good power but hits in streaks. Albert Pujols has aching knees. All four could have great years—and shortstop Andrelton Simmons is the best defender in the AL West—but there are too many question marks to think the Angels can be more than an 80-win team.
Season Recap: The Angels ended the year two games under .500, but that was much better than most experts predicted. Injuries limited their exciting two-way star, Shohei Otani, to just 104 games, but during those games he hit 22 homers and had the lowest ERA among the team’s starting pitchers. The Angels also got big years from All-Star Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons.
October 1, 2018: Shohei Ohtani finished the season as he started it, winning AL Rookie of the Month honors.
September 20, 2018: Francisco Arcia became the first player to pitch, catch and hit a homer in the same game.
May 4, 2018: Albert Pujols singled against the Mariners to collect his 3,000th career hit. He is just the fourth player with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Alex Rodriguez are the three others.
Season Preview: The Angels have the biggest story in baseball headed into 2018: pitcher-DH Shohei Ohtani. If he plays as well for Los Angeles as he did in Japan, he will solve two big problems for the team. The Angels are a dangerous club now. A healthy Mike Trout plus sluggers Albert Pujols and Justin Upton—along with newcomers Ohtani and Ian Kinsler—give them great run-scoring potential. The Angels have a lot of options for the starting rotation, and a better-than-average bullpen.
Season Recap: Not much was expected of the Angels in 2017, so when the team found itself with a shot at the Wild Card Game, fans were thrilled that the team made deals to return to the playoffs after two seasons. Unfortunately, the Angels finished five games short of their goal. Mike Trout had another great year and Albert Pujols knocked in 100 runs for the 14th time in his career.
June 3, 2017: Albert Pujols belted his 600th career home run. He was the first member to join the “600 Club” with a grand slam.
November 1, 2016: Very little went right for the Angels in 2016. Albert Pujols and MVP Mike Trout were sensational, but they did not get any help from the rest of the batting order. Fans got a look at the future when Kaleb Cowart was called up, but most of the team’s top prospects were still two or three years away.
September 17, 2016: Albert Pujols reached 30 homers for the 14th time in his career. The only other players to do that are Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.
October 6, 2015: The Angels were in the hunt for a Wild Card spot until the very end of the season, but lost out to the Astros by one game. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kyle Calhoun paced the offense, while Garrett Richards and Houston Street led the pitching staff. Trout set a new personal record with 41 homers and led the AL with a .590 slugging average.
July 27, 2015: Albert Pujols stole the 100th base of his career. He joined Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron as the only players with 100 steals, 500 home runs, and a .300 batting average.
July 14, 2015: Mike Trout was named MVP of the All-Star Game for the second year in a row.
April 17, 2015: Mike Trout became the youngest player ever to reach 100 homers and 100 steals in his career. He beat Alex Rodriguez’s record by 53 days.
April 5, 2015: The Angels start the year as the team to beat in their division. Mike trout and Albert Pujols give the team the best one-two punch in the league. If pitcher Garrett Richards returns to form after a knee injury, the Angels will also have a solid one-two pitching punch, along with 18-game winner Jered Weaver.
November 15, 2014: Mike Trout was named AL Most Valuable Player. Trout was runner-up for the award in 2012 and 2013. He and Mickey Mantle are the only players to finish second twice and then win the award a year later.
October 30, 2014: The Angels won 98 games in 2014 and finished with the best record in the American League. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols powered the offense, while Jered Weaver led a solid pitching staff. The Angels looked like a sure bet to win the pennant, but in the Division Series against the Royals, they lost the first two games at home in extra innings, and dropped the third and final game of the series to end their season.
September 28, 2014: Mike Trout finished the year as the AL leader with 111 RBIs, 338 total bases, 84 extra-base hits, and 115 runs scored. He also led the league with 184 strikeouts.
September 1, 2014: Matt Shoemaker was named AL Pitcher of the Month for August. He had appeared in just one big-league game before this season.
April 22, 2014: Albert Pujols became the 26th player in history to reach 500 home runs. He his two homers against the Nationals that day, numbers 499 and 500.
March 31, 2014: Anaheim has the best all-around player in the AL in Mike Trout and two of history’s great sluggers in Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. If they all stay healthy and do what’s expected, the Angels will be a contender. They’ll need help from Howie Kendrick and newcomer David Freese, because pitching stars C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver can’t win 90 games by themselves.
October 1, 2013: Despite a power-packed lineup, the Angels started the year slowly and were never able to catch the AL West front-runners. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo put up big numbers, but Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols had off-years. CJ Wilson, Jered Weaver , and Ernesto Frieri led the pitching staff.
May 21, 2013: Mike Trout collected a single, double, triple, and home run in a victory over the Seattle Mariners. He became the youngest player in AL history to hit for the cycle.
March 30, 2013: The big news in Anaheim over the winter was the arrival of slugger Josh Hamilton. Along with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, he gives the Angels a power-packed lineup. Anything less than 95–100 victories will be a big disappointment for the fans in 2013.
October 3, 2012: Angels fans were disappointed to finish third in the AL West, but happy to have baseball’s most exciting young star, Mike Trout. He gave the team a boost of energy, with 30 homers, 49 steals, and 129 runs in only 139 games. Trout fell a handful of hits shy of winning the batting championship. Trout was so good that a lot of baseball fans failed to notice the great pitching of Jered Weaver, who went 20–5.
September 25, 2012: Five Anaheim pitchers combined to strike out 20 Seattle Mariners in a nine-inning game. It was just the fourth time in history a team had done this. Zack Greinke fanned 13 Seattle hitters in just five innings of work!
July 30, 2012: Kendrys Morales became the third player in history to hit home runs lefty and righty in the same inning. Carlos Baerga and Mark Bellhorn are the only other players to accomplish this feat.
July 27, 2012: The Angels welcomed Zach Greinke to their pitching staff after a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Anaheim gave up their prized minor-league prospect, Jean Segura, in the trade.
May 2, 2012: Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. It was the 10th “no-no” in team history, including four by Nolan Ryan.
April, 2012: Mike Trout was recently rated as the #1 outfield prospect in the American League. With Albert Pujols joining the team in 2012, it may be harder for the Angels to find a place for Trout to play. Mike Trumbo will be the DH, and veterans Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter will play left and right field. Can Trout play center field? We’ll see in Spring Training!