King Fish: Tim Salmon
(There are only two possible explanations of the above picture. 1. Salmon hurt himself sometime during this swing and is grimacing in pain, or 2. Salmon was so good that sometimes he swung with his eyes closed just to keep himself entertained. I’m leaning towards #2. Tim Salmon rocks.)
Team: California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels
Played his entire career with the Angels.
Salmon is the Angels’ all-time leader in home runs (299), runs scored (983), walks (965) and slugging percentage (.499).
He was never an All-Star. He has the most home runs in major league history for a player never selected to an All-Star game.
Hit two key home runs against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the 2002 World Series
Became the first player whose last name was a type of animal to hit a home run in the World Series; this feat was later repeated by Mike Lamb in Game 1 of the 2005 World Series. (Wikipedia)
How worthless was that last stat?
- Named Minor League Player of the year by Baseball America and The Sporting News (1992)
- AL Rookie of the Year (1993)
- Silver Slugger Award (1995)
- Named to The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1995 and 1997)
- Named AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (2002)
Sports Hollywood asks Tim Salmon 10 questions: Link
Complete biography on Tim Salmon and how underrated he was: Link
If you love watching players retire, here is Salmon on his last game:
Here is his home run in the world series: