ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12: Hall of Famer Rod Carew looks on during the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
#8 Rod Carew makes SIX All-Star teams as an Angel
Ever popular in his day, Rod Carew made six All-Star teams in a row playing for the Angels. He was voted in as the starting 1B four times while with the California Angels. He had started in eleven of the twelve times he made the squad as a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Nolan Ryan made five All Star Teams as an Angel. He started one. Carew did not start in 1979 and 1982 and did not play in either of those games. He was 5 for 10 combined in the 1980, 81, 83 and 84 All Star Games. He hit four singles and a double. He scored 3 runs, drove in 1, walked twice and is the only Angel to steal a base in an All Star Game and also the only one to get caught stealing in the midsummer classic as well.
By 1985, Rod Carew had become the player with the most fan votes to be an All Star in the history of the game, a record that stood until Barry Bonds surpassed him in 2002.
Before Carew was an Angel, the team had gone four straight All Star Games without a single player making a plate appearance and had been absent from Plate Appearances in 7 of the previous 8 stretching back to 1971. The team has never had a stretch anywhere near that subsequently. Rod Carew helped give the Angels a national visibility they sorely lacked and his all-star credibility still holds a place in team history, signified by his tossing out the first pitch before the 2010 All-Star game at Angel Stadium.