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No. 78: Greatest seasons in Angels history: Sandy Alomar, 1971

Sandy Alomar, 1971

Stats: .260/.301/.321/.621, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 179 H, 77 R, 739 PA, 221 TB, 83 OPS+

Baseball Reference WAR: 5.2

FanGraphs WAR: 3.7

Combined WAR: 4.45


Sandy Alomar spent six of his 15 big-league years with the Angels. Though he was an All-Star the year prior in 1970, his best season according to WAR came the following season in 1971.

Alomar led all of baseball with 739 plate appearances and 689 at-bats. With so many at bats, he finished with the second most hits in the American League. His 39 stolen bases were also the third most in the league.

Though he struggled for chunks of the season, Alomar’s season was salvaged largely due to this great 40-game stretch from June 21 through August 1. During this stretch, he hit .347/.388/.432/820 with 61 hits and 30 runs scored. He had at least two hits in 20 of those games, including six games in which he had at least three hits.

Here’s where Alomar’s season ranks in Angels franchise history:

  • 689 at-bats (1st)
  • 179 hits (24th)
  • 39 stolen bases (14th)

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