Purgatory Online

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Sometime during the Angels' series with Texas this weekend, Garret Anderson should catch and pass Brian Downing as the Angels' all-time leader in at-bats. Anderson currently has 5842, and needs just 12 more to equal B.D.'s 5854.

G.A. is under contract for the next four years. Assuming he stays reasonably healthy and in Anaheim, by the end of that time he will pretty much own the Angels' record book, at least in terms of the "longevity stats." He currently holds the record for hits and doubles, and can be expected to grab the following honors as well (in addition to at-bats):

Games played - currently in third with 1462; record held by Downing with 1661 (Salmon in second with 1596). Projected record date: Summer, 2006.

Plate appearances - currently in third with 6189; record held by Downing with 6912 (Salmon in second with 6795). Projected record date: Spring, 2006.

Runs scored - currently in third with 756; record held by Salmon with 956 (Downing in second with 889). Projected record date: Spring, 2007.

Total bases - currently in second with 2798; record held by Salmon with 2863. Projected record date: Spring, 2005.

Home runs - currently in third with 206; record held by Salmon with 290 (Downing in second wtih 222). Projected record date: Summer, 2008.

RBI - currently in second with 940; record held by Salmon with 989. Projected record date: Spring, 2005.

If you live near the stadium, go on out this weekend and see history get made.

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