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No. 85: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Bobby Grich, 1983

One of the Angels’ best second basemen

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Bobby Grich, 1983

Stats: .292/.414/.460/.874, 16 HR, 62 RBI, 113 H, 65 R, 17 2B, 76 BB, 142 OPS+

Baseball Reference WAR: 4.3

FanGraphs WAR: 4.2

Combined WAR: 4.25


A player who will find himself on this list multiple more times, we take a look back at the 1983 campaign for Bobby Grich. A member of the Angels for 10 seasons, 1983 was his seventh season with the club.

Though he played in only 120 games that season, he got on base more frequently than any season in his career. His on-base percentage was .414, one of only two seasons during his entire career in which he got on base more than 40 percent of the time. This was largely due to his walk percentage. Grich walked 16 percent of the time.

Grich was such a good hitter at Angel Stadium that season. At home, he hit .345 with an OPS of .993. In 56 games, he hit eight homers with 36 RBI.

He was fantastic with the bat over his final 54 games of the season, before an injury cost him his season in late August. From July 1 through August 28, Grich hit .322/.432/.526/.958. There were 17 games in which Grich had at least two hits, including a contest on August 22 versus the Indians in which he finished the game with four hits.


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