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No. 96: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Troy Glaus, 2002

An October hero

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Troy Glaus, 2002

Stats: .250/.352/.453/.805, 30 HR, 111 RBI, 24 2B, 113 OPS+, .378 wOBA, 114 wRC+

Baseball Reference WAR: 4.4

FanGraphs WAR: 3.7

Combined WAR: 4.05


For seven seasons, Troy Glaus played the hot corner for the Angels. He had a handful of great seasons, but the year we’ll be looking back on today is 2002, the season in which he helped the Angels win the World Series.

Glaus put up very productive numbers, becoming the seventh player in franchise history to finish a season with at least 30 home runs and 110 RBI. He got off to a very hot start to begin the year, cooling off in the second half. Through the first two months, he was hitting .310 with a .956 OPS. In 40 games, he had nine homers, 41 RBI and 14 doubles.

Though his 2002 regular season wasn’t the best of his career, his postseason numbers can make the case for it. He was arguably the best Angels hitter during their run to the World Series. In the 16 postseason games, Glaus hit .344/.420/.770/1.191. He hit seven home runs in only 61 at-bats.

Glaus took home World Series MVP honors, after hitting .385 with a 1.313 OPS in seven games. He had three homers, drove in 10 and scored seven runs.

If there was a way to add on postseason WAR, Glaus would have finished a lot higher on this list.


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