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Top 100 Angels - Bartolo Colon #99

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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.

Bart, Me and Hector Carrasco, 2006 FanFest.
Bart, Me and Hector Carrasco, 2006 FanFest.
Mrs. Halofan


Bartolo Colon was, statistically, somewhere between the fifth to the eighth best pitcher in the American League in 2005 when he won the Cy Young Award with the Angels. If Angels fans today can complain about Mike Trout deserving the 2012 AL MVP they have to pause, turn to the nearest Minnesota Twins fan and offer sympathy for Johann Santana being robbed in '05 when all Colon had to show in glitzy numbers was 21 Wins, and pitcher wins is a terrible stat to judge a pitcher on.

But the hardware is on the shelf and a cursory glance at Bartrolo's stay in Anaheim, albeit with a roidalicious personal trainer, reveals a small dent or two in team numbers. His BB per 9 innings and K/BB rate are both in the franchise top ten for pitchers with more than 500 IP. That is a small start to making this list, but that ill-gotten Cy still looms large.

Basically Bartolo Colon had an amazing year and a half as an Angel. The year was 2005. Two terrible seasons ('06 and '07) followed. But overlooked was his amazing second half of 2004. He was 5-8 after a July 3 loss but went 13-4 down the stretch on an offensively-challenged team whose eventual MVP had peaked in mid-July. Yes, Vladimir Guerrero's monster 2004 season was statistically front-loaded. Colon finished off the team's charge, pitching like a monster in July, August and September - the Angels were three back of an excellent Oakland club with nine to play. Colon dominated the Rangers and Athletics on the road as the Angels went 7-2 over their final nine games, seven of them on the road. So the '04 division title adds luster to the '05 season that was statistically not in the top 48 pitching seasons in club history.

After the 2005 season I idiotically ranked him #42 All Time Angel (LINK) and was still pretty nonsensical in the post-2008 numeration of #56 Angel great (LINK). He is not the only Angel to win a Cy Young but he had a big impact on two division winners in the middle of the Golden Decade, so here he is, #99 Angel of All Time.