Hardball Retrospective – The “Original” 2005 Los Angeles Angels

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Roy Halladay is listed on the Blue Jays roster for the duration of his career while the Braves declare Joe Torre and the Brewers claim Prince Fielder. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition.  Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.

Expanding on my research for the book, the following series of articles will reveal the finest single-season rosters for every Major League organization based on overall rankings in OWAR and OWS along with the general managers and scouting directors that constructed the teams. “Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Additional information and a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.

Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.

Terminology

OWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “original” teams

OWS – Win Shares for players on “original” teams

OPW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “original” teams

Assessment

The 2005 Los Angeles Angels      OWAR: 48.2     OWS: 309     OPW%: .560

GM Bill Bavasi acquired 43% (17/39) of the ballplayers on the 2005 Angels roster. 32 team members were drafted by the club. Based on the revised standings the “Original” 2005 Angels battled the Athletics down to the wire as Oakland seized the pennant by a lone game. The Halos earned the Wild Card entry as a consolation prize.

Jim Edmonds (.263/29/89) anchored the third slot in the lineup and played flawless defense in center field to earn his eighth Gold Glove Award. Troy Glaus manned the hot corner and batted cleanup for the Halos, thumping 37 round-trippers and knocking in 97 baserunners. Bengie Molina supplied a career-high .295 batting average along with 15 jacks and 69 ribbies. Darin Erstad triggered the offense with 33 two-base hits from the leadoff slot.  Garret Anderson (.283/17/96) cracked 34 doubles and merited his third All-Star selection. Eduardo Perez (.255/11/28) and Mark Sweeney (.294/8/40) provided additional power potential while platooning as the designated hitters.

LINEUP POS WAR WS
Darin Erstad 1B 0.53 14.21
Damion Easley 2B 0.98 8.91
Jim Edmonds CF 6.29 25.6
Troy Glaus 3B 3.11 22.95
Garret Anderson LF 0.33 13.54
Bengie Molina C 2.4 16.09
Mark Sweeney DH/1B 1.61 10.05
Orlando Palmeiro RF/LF 0.65 5.6
Alfredo Amezaga SS/3B -0.02 0.08
BENCH POS WAR WS
Aaron Guiel CF 0.6 3.37
Eduardo Perez 1B 0.57 5.98
Casey Kotchman DH 0.48 4.35
Dallas McPherson 3B 0.42 5.15
Jamie Burke 1B -0.01 0
Jeff Mathis C -0.01 0.09
Trent Durrington 3B -0.06 0
Todd Greene C -0.11 1.88
Robb Quinlan 3B -0.14 2.26

John Lackey compiled a record of 14-5 with a 3.44 ERA and a personal-best 199 strikeouts. Jarrod Washburn fashioned a 3.20 ERA but failed to earn a decision in 13 of his 29 starts. Ervin Santana accrued 12 victories in his rookie campaign despite an ERA of 4.65.

Francisco J. Rodriguez (2.67, 45 SV) captained the Halos’ sensational bullpen. “K-Rod” whiffed 91 batsmen in 67.1 innings. Roberto M. Hernandez (8-6, 2.58) and Scot Shields (10-11, 2.75) locked down the late-inning threats. Matt Wise contributed a 3.36 ERA and a WHIP of 0.964 to round out the relief corps along with Bobby Jenks (50 K’s in 39.1 IP) and Scott Schoenewis (3-4, 3.32).

ROTATION POS WAR WS
Jarrod Washburn SP 4.34 13.76
John Lackey SP 4.3 16.12
Ervin Santana SP 0.8 6.51
Chris Bootcheck SP 0.4 1.46
Ramon Ortiz SP 0.01 4.02
BULLPEN POS WAR WS
Francisco Rodriguez RP 2.06 13.83
Roberto Hernandez RP 2.31 9.39
Scot Shields RP 1.58 13.3
Matt Wise RP 1.04 6.19
Scott Schoeneweis RP 0.77 5.47
Bobby Jenks RP 0.6 5.71
Matt Perisho RP 0.46 1.72
Brian Cooper SW 0.4 1.46
Shigetoshi Hasegawa RP 0.09 3.5
Greg Jones RP -0.14 0
Seth Etherton SP -0.21 0
Joe Saunders SP -0.21 0
Brian Anderson SP -0.33 0
Troy Percival RP -0.4 1.68
Jake Woods RP -0.47 0.77
Pedro Liriano RP -0.6 0

 

The “Original” 2005 Los Angeles Angels roster

 

NAME POS WAR WS General Manager Scouting Director
Jim Edmonds CF 6.29 25.6 Mike Port Bob Fontaine Jr.
Jarrod Washburn SP 4.34 13.76 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
John Lackey SP 4.3 16.12 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Troy Glaus 3B 3.11 22.95 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Bengie Molina C 2.4 16.09 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Roberto Hernandez RP 2.31 9.39 Mike Port Larry Himes
Francisco Rodriguez RP 2.06 13.83 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Mark Sweeney 1B 1.61 10.05 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Scot Shields RP 1.58 13.3 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Matt Wise RP 1.04 6.19 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Damion Easley 2B 0.98 8.91 Mike Port Bob Fontaine Jr.
Ervin Santana SP 0.8 6.51 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Scott Schoeneweis RP 0.77 5.47 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Orlando Palmeiro LF 0.65 5.6 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Aaron Guiel CF 0.6 3.37 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Bobby Jenks RP 0.6 5.71 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Eduardo Perez 1B 0.57 5.98 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Darin Erstad 1B 0.53 14.21 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Casey Kotchman DH 0.48 4.35 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Matt Perisho RP 0.46 1.72 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Dallas McPherson 3B 0.42 5.15 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Brian Cooper SW 0.4 1.46 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Chris Bootcheck SP 0.4 1.46 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Garret Anderson LF 0.33 13.54 Mike Port Bob Fontaine Jr.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa RP 0.09 3.5 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Ramon Ortiz SP 0.01 4.02 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Jamie Burke 1B -0.01 0 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Jeff Mathis C -0.01 0.09 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Alfredo Amezaga 3B -0.02 0.08 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Trent Durrington 3B -0.06 0 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Todd Greene C -0.11 1.88 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Greg Jones RP -0.14 0 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Robb Quinlan 3B -0.14 2.26 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Seth Etherton SP -0.21 0 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.
Joe Saunders SP -0.21 0 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Brian Anderson SP -0.33 0 Dan O’Brien Bob Fontaine Jr.
Troy Percival RP -0.4 1.68 Mike Port Bob Fontaine Jr.
Jake Woods RP -0.47 0.77 Bill Stoneman Donny Rowland
Pedro Liriano RP -0.6 0 Bill Bavasi Bob Fontaine Jr.

Honorable Mention

The “Original” 1997 Angels               OWAR: 40.3     OWS: 313     OPW%: .547

Los Angeles outdistanced Seattle by a seven-game margin, taking the Western Division title with a record of 89-73. Tim “Kingfish” Salmon (.296/33/129) recorded a personal-best in RBI. Damion Easley joined the 20-20 club as he swiped 28 bases and belted 22 long balls while scoring 97 runs. Roberto M. Hernandez registered 10 victories and saved 31 contests with a 2.45 ERA. Darin Erstad posted a .299 BA, tagged 34 doubles and pilfered 23 bags. Jason Dickson (13-9, 4.23) made his lone All-Star appearance and finished third in the 1997 A.L. Rookie of the Year balloting.

On Deck

The “Original” 2002 Blue Jays

References and Resources

Baseball America – Executive Database

Baseball-Reference

James, Bill. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York, NY.: The Free Press, 2001. Print.

James, Bill, with Jim Henzler. Win Shares. Morton Grove, Ill.: STATS, 2002. Print.

Retrosheet – Transactions Database

Seamheads – Baseball Gauge

Sean Lahman Baseball Archive



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Derek Bain is a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games. He has written a number of articles for Fangraphs and Seamheads, and enjoys spending quality time with his family.

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