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During Vlad's ceremony last night I was reminded of a question I've had for quite awhile: why did the Angels give a number to Mike Trout that is very likely to be retired by the team when Vlad goes into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? (Going by the precedent set by retirement of No. 29.)

Are they just potentially going to retire it twice?

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I don't think they will retire Vlad's number unless he goes into the hall as an Angel which is unlikely.  His stats as an Expo are far better than what he did as an Angel.

Only his SLG pct is significantly better. The other offensive numbers are very similar. Adjusted OPS+ of 148 with Montreal, 141 with the Angels.

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Regarding Vlad and the HOF...  The stats will likely take a back seat to the accomplishments.  MVP, playoffs -- all came with the Angels.  For many fans the Angels are the team he is most closely associated with.

 

FTR, I can't find it but I think the HOF referred to their choosing the team based on where a player made their most indelible mark or something along those lines.

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Vladdy made thee playoffs 5 of six years, was a member of 5 division titles, was AL mvp.

Salmon made the playoffs once. He never made an All Star game...and was never in the running for MVP. However he did win the WS.

I would lean toward Salmon because he played his entire career with Angels and did win the WS.

However as a individual player Salmon isn't close to Vladdy.

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Vladdy made thee playoffs 5 of six years, was a member of 5 division titles, was AL mvp.

Salmon made the playoffs once. He never made an All Star game...and was never in the running for MVP. However he did win the WS.

I would lean toward Salmon because he played his entire career with Angels and did win the WS.

However as a individual player Salmon isn't close to Vladdy.

 

 

While Salmon never made the ASG, it's actually a bit crazy a guy that put up a .928 OPS over a 7 year span never got in.  I really can't think of a better player who never made one trip.  

 

Vlad is a more individually accomplished player, no doubt, but I feel like Salmon playing his entire career here gives him the edge.

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Vladdy made thee playoffs 5 of six years, was a member of 5 division titles, was AL mvp.

Salmon made the playoffs once. He never made an All Star game...and was never in the running for MVP. However he did win the WS.

I would lean toward Salmon because he played his entire career with Angels and did win the WS.

However as a individual player Salmon isn't close to Vladdy.

 

I'd argue that the better player and the more important player (which is what he asked), are two different things.  

 

Tim Salmon wasn't the player Vlad was but like Downing before him, he is one of the players most closely associated with the team.  Salmon stuck it out, he signed for less, he was there for some of the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs.. Tim Salmon made the lap around the stadium with the trophy over his head, a genuinely heartfelt moment meant to bring the fans into the fold after the franchise's single most important moment in it's history.

 

Tim Salmon has few peers when it comes to importance to the franchise.  

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