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Ken McMullen - Top 100 Angels #57

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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.



Ken McMullen was acquired from the Washington Senators early in the 1970 season and played 3B for the Halos practically every day for three years. He batted .251 with .703 OPS over 421 games. his outstanding defense was why he was there in the first place but he did hit 21 HR in 1971 and his 44 total hit as an Angel is still in the franchise top 50.

Ken had 8.2 Offensive WAR and 3.2 Defensive WAR as an Angels player - huge numbers over 1,668 Plate Appearances. Jim Edmonds had 3.3 dWAR in almost twice the playing time as an Angel to illustrate how good that is (weirdly coincidental, he and Edmonds were intentionally walked exactly 22 times as in their Angel careers). While most great defenders, especially on the infield, have an OPS+ below 100, Ken's was a respectable 106 as a Halo.

He arrived in a big 1970 trade - the prize for Rick Reichardt and Aurelio Rodriguez, and he left in a big 1972 trade - going to the Dodgers with Andy Messersmith in exchange for five players including future Hall of Famer (and Top 100 Angel) Frank Robinson. He had been drafted by and debuted with the Dodgers, playing there from 1962-64 but it wasn't until he played with the Athletics in 1974 that he saw the postseason - and it was against the Dodgers - a full-circle cap to one of the most well-rounded players to ever be an Angel.