11. Brian Downing
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 9, 1950 in Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 31, 1973
  • Final Game: October 04, 1992
  • MVP - 1979
  • MVP - 1982
  • MVP - 1984
 
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Brian Downing joined the Angels via trade from Chicago in 1978, and the Catcher would go to his first and only All-Star Game in 1979.

Downing moved to the Outfield at the start of the 1980s, and he remained with the Angels until 1990.  While he never gained a second All-Star Game appearance, Downing brought a nice balance of power and plate patience.  From 1982 to 1990, Downing had at least 14 Home Runs, peaking with 29 in 1987, which coincided with his league-leading 106 Walks.  

As an Angel, Downing had 222 Home Runs and 1,588 Hits and was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the Chicago White Sox with Dave Frost and Chris Knapp for Bobby Bonds, Thad Bosley, and Richard Dotson 12/5/77.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers 4/13/91.

  • Games Played: 1661
  • Notable Statistics:

    889 Runs Scored
    1,588 Hits
    282 Doubles
    22 Triples                       
    222 Home Runs
    846 Runs Batted In
    27 Stolen Bases
    .271/.372/.441 Slash Line
    38.0 bWAR                     

    16 Playoff Games
    7 Runs Scored
    12 Hits
    1 Double
    0 Triples                       
    1 Home Run
    8 Runs Batted In
    0 Stolen Bases
    .197/.292/.262 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1979)
    Most Walks (1987)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Catcher (1978)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Leftfielder (1982, 1984 & 1985)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by an Outfielder (1982 & 1984)

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