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The Angels’ short-season record holders

Tommy La Stella’s 2019 stood out

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Major League Baseball owners sent a proposal to the MLB Players Association outlining the terms of what would be a shortened 2020 season. Putting aside for a moment the merits of the proposal, all the hurdles to clear, and whether or not the players are likely to approve the deal, the season could begin some time around July 4 and reportedly last 82 games.

Inspired by Rob Mains’ article at Baseball Prospectus about records set by players playing roughly half a season, I decided to look at the best Angels seasons in a number of categories, with the only caveat that the player couldn’t have played more than 82 games.

Tommy La Stella figures prominent in several categories, a tribute to his stellar All-Star season in 2019 but also a reminder of the fractured tibia that cost him three months. La Stella played only 80 games, and leads all Angels playing 82 games or less in hits (86), total bases (142), and runs scored (49), hitting .295/.346/.486 last year.

Here are the Angels’ single-season leaders in 82 games or less:

*minimum 200 plate appearances