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Best Angel Non-All-Star Seasons

What were the best single seasons by Angels who didn't make the All-Star team? Here's a top 10 list, using Win Shares, with the guys who actually made the squad instead of them in parenthesis. "AA" in this chart is the number of Win Shares "above average," given the playing time of the Angel in question. "MVP" is where they finished in the MVP voting (all but Wally Joyner in 1991 was a top-16 finisher). And, as always when I do stuff like this, the Angel team seasons are pro-rated to 162 games, so that the impact-on-season playing field is leveled.

To give you an idea of what Win Share totals mean (or at least correspond to), here's a list of last year's AL leaders; basically anything above 30 puts you in the MVP conversation; 23-29 is All-Star material, 19-22 is a good regular player, 15-18 is a solid regular or spectacular reserve. Without further ado, and with hopes that it's readable:

G   AB   R  H   HR RBI SB/CS BB  BA   OBP  SLG OPS+ WS   AA MVP  
1) Tim Salmon, 1995 (Manny Ramirez, Paul O'Neill)
143 537 111 177 34 105 5/5 91 .330 .429 .594 164 32.5 14 7
2) Bobby Grich, 1981 (Willie Randolph, Frank White)
100 352 56 107 22 61 2/4 40 .304 .378 .543 164 30.8 15 14
3) Tim Salmon, 1997 (Paul O'Neill)
157 582 95 172 33 129 9/12 95 .296 .394 .517 136 28.9 11 7
4) Doug DeCinces, 1982 (George Brett, Buddy Bell, Toby Harrah)
153 575 94 173 30 97 7/5 66 .301 .369 .548 149 27.5 11 3
5) Frank Robinson, 1973 (no DHs were selected)
147 534 85 142 30 97 1/1 82 .266 .372 .489 150 25.7 10 15
6) Orlando Cabrera, 2007 (Derek Jeter, Michael Young, Carlos Guillen)
155 638 101 192 8 86 20/4 44 .301 .345 .397 95 25.4 7 15
7) Wally Joyner, 1991 (Mark McGwire, Cecil Fielder, Rafael Palmeiro)
143 551 79 166 21 96 2/0 52 .301 .360 .488 133 25.1 9
8) Brian Downing, 1982 (Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Ben Oglive, Willie Wilson)
158 623 109 175 28 84 2/1 86 .281 .368 .482 132 24.6 6 14
9) Vlad Guerrero, 2008 (Ichiro Suzuki, J.D. Drew)
143 541 85 164 27 91 5/3 51 .303 .365 .521 130 24.4 9 14     
10) Bobby Bonds, 1977 (Reggie Jackson, Ken Singleton, Richie Zisk)
158 592 103 156 37 115 41/18 74 .264 .342 .520 136 24.4 6 16

Win Shares has Toby Harrah slightly ahead of DeCinces in 1982, but with more playing time. Otherwise the top six on this list were the best in the league at their respective positions. Again, something to think about when people over-rely on All-Star game appointments in judging a player's career. Yeah, Bobby Grich only made six All-Star teams, but in 1981 he became the first second baseman to lead his league in home runs and slugging percentage since Rogers freaking Hornsby, so maybe don't bug me about his All-Star selections, mmmkay?

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