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Leroy Stanton - Top 100 Angels #91

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This is the FOURTH Halos Heaven offseason Top Angels list we have compiled. We did a Top 100 Angels list after the 2005 season (LINK) and another one after the 2008 season (LINK) and we published a book after 2010, the fiftieth season of Angels baseball (LINK) of the Top 50 Angels of the first 50 seasons. With analytics being radically more sophisticated, look for this offseason's list to measure advanced metrics and traditional stats balanced with where a player rests in the hearts of every Halo Fan.

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Leroy ranked #64 on our post-2008 Top 100 Angels list (LINK)

and he ranked #68 on our post-2013 Top 100 Angels list (LINK)

Leroy Stanton was one of the great bonuses in baseball history. He came to the Angels in a crazy lopsided trade for Jim Fregosi with the Mets along with Frank Estrada and Don Rose. Oh wait, we also got a pitcher named Nolan Ryan in the deal. So everything Stanton did for the team was gravy, really. He played in over 115 Games in the outfield in the first four of his five seasons with the Angels and after a 93-Game 1976, he was left unprotected in the expansion draft and was selected by the Mariners.

His 106 OPS+ as an Angel in 2009 Plate Appearances shows he was a little better than average out there, day in and day out on offensively-starved clubs during the golden era of Angels starting pitching. Imagine him as a 1970s Bobby Abreu but without the walks - he had 53 more Plate Appearances than Abreu did as an Angel and accrued similar home run 47 to 43) and total bases (tied at 443) totals. A contributor and still in the Top 100.