#96 - BILLY MORAN, 2B
The Angels have been blessed with good and great second basemen. It is a tough position to fill and should not be taken for granted. Before Howie there was AK who had come along after a long lull of the Grich era, who signed as a free agent because it had been a long while since Knoop had been there. But the first great 2B for the Angels was All Star Billy Moran.
Moran played over 3200 innings at 2B for the Angels between being acquired in a June 1961 trade and traded in June of 1964. He still ranks in the top 50 for Hits, On Base Percentage, Batting Average, Slugging and OPS for Halo Batters with a minimum of 1,500 Plate Appearances. His 186 hits in 1962 match the same total Don Baylor had in his MVP 1979 season (albeit with Baylor having 333 total bases that year to Moran's 268).
Moran led the league in Range Factor at 2B in 1962 and 1963 and made the 1962 All Star Game as well as finishing 13th in the MVP voting that season.
Our Halos Heaven Top 100 Angels will return Monday with #95