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Don Mincher - Top 100 Angels #90

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.

Don Mincher
Don Mincher

#90 DON MINCHER, 1B 1967 - 68

Don ranked #76 in our post-2008 Top 100 Angels list (LINK)

Don Mincher is probably best known in baseball lore as the answer to the awesome trivia question: Who was the only All Star for the Seattle Pilots? Seattle (who became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970) had selected Mincher from the Angels in the expansion draft following the 1968 season. In Halo lore was the return on the Angels trade of Dean Chance after the 1966 season but is best known for his monster offensive 1967 season. It might have been the Summer of Love for a bunch of hippies that year but it was the summer of bashing for the kid out of Huntsville, Alabama.

It took 28 years for an Angels player to play over 140 games in a season and put up an OPS+ higher than Don's 156 in 1967. The advanced sabermetric stats are kind to Don's 1967, placing his mumbers that year in the franchise top ten in Base-Out Wins Added (3.8), Win Probability Added (4.6), Offensive Win % (.724) and Adjusted Batting WIns (3.8).

Despite only playing two seasons with the Angels, he still ranks in the top 50 in those four advanced categories in club history. A hulking 1B, he as the first Angels player to wear jersey number 5 and eerily passed away the day before Albert Pujols (#5, 1B) played in his first spring training game for the Halos, March 4, 2012 - you can read his memorial posted here at THIS LINK.