Regardless of what the team has called itself, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have benefited from some great offensive performances in the last two decades. Four of the top five home run hitters in Los Angeles Angels history were members of the 2002 Angels who won the only World Series in team history.
1. Tim Salmon: 299 home runs
A member of the team for his entire 14-year Major League career, Tim Salmon is the Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leader. In his first full season in 1993, Salmon was an immediate power threat, hitting 31 home runs to become the American League Rookie of the Year. It would turn out to be the first of five 30-plus homer seasons for Salmon who was a steady middle-of-the-order bat for just about his entire career. Not included in his regular season 299 home run total are the two he slugged in the 2002 World Series in a winning effort, the most important homers of his career.
2. Garret Anderson: 272 home runs
Ranking second among Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leaders is outfielder Garret Anderson. Anderson had a stretch of four great years from 2000 to 2003, hitting no fewer than 28 home runs with at least 116 RBI per season. Yet he climbed the charts by being a steady power threat for 15 seasons with the Angels. Anderson put up 11 years of 15-plus home runs with a career high of 35 in the 2000 season.
3. Brian Downing: 222 home runs
Among the top five Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leaders, outfielder Brian Downing is the only one who hasn’t played for the team in the 2000s. Downing did his damage from 1978 to 1990 when the team was known as the California Angels. As a steady and dependable player for the team throughout the 1980s, Downing posted six 20-plus home run seasons including five straight from 1984 to 1988. His career high came in 1987 when he hit 29 homers.
4. Troy Glaus: 182 home runs
One of the Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leaders, third baseman Troy Glaus began his career with the organization in 1998 and developed into a big-time power threat. Though he ranks fourth among the Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leaders, Glaus owns the best home run rate in team history, hitting a home run in every 16.3 at-bats. He owns the two highest home run totals in Angels history (47 and 41) and is the only player to hit 40 homers in a single season with the team. Since leaving the Angels in 2005, Glaus has topped 300 career home runs.
5. Vladimir Guerrero: 173 home runs
Ranking fifth among Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leaders is Vladimir Guerrero. During his prime, Guerrero was as good a hitter as anyone in baseball. Guerrero began his career with the Expos and was the Angels’ big free agent splash in 2004. He didn’t disappoint, hitting 39 home runs in his first year with the team to take home the 2004 AL MVP Award. He hit 30-plus homers in each of his first three seasons with the Angels, earning a reputation as one of the most feared hitters in baseball. For four years in a row, he was intentionally walked more than any other AL player, which is just about the only way he took a walk; Guerrero’s ability to make good contact on pitches even a foot out of the strike zone is uniquely special. He reached the top five Angels home run hitters in just six seasons with the organization.