Five Milestones Los Angeles Angels Players Could Reach In 2013

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The 2013 Los Angeles Angels Feature Mike Trout and Much More

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In 2012 there was a lot of excitement around the Los Angeles Angels and much of it centered on the young phenom Mike Trout. The team itself wasn't able to fulfill its goals, as they fell just short of a playoff berth.

This off-season, the Angels once again surprised everyone by swooping in and snagging the biggest offensive free agent on the market. Last year, it was Albert Pujols and this time around it was Josh Hamilton. Trout, Pujols and Hamilton will make for a nasty trio that American League pitchers will have to try to maneuver around. The biggest thing about the Hamilton signing might be that the Angels took him away form their biggest rivals the Texas Rangers.

The Angels also revamped their pitching staff. The third, fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson respectively, are all new additions. The bullpen brought in Ryan Madson who missed all of 2012 after undergoing elbow surgery.

The American League West could be ripe for the picking as the Rangers seemed to have been weakened some and the defending division champion Oakland A's may not be able to repeat the magic they created in 2012.

Even if the Angels fail to win the pennant, there will still be reason for fans to go to the ballpark. Several Angels players are coming up on personal milestones that can be enjoyed. Some are chasing spots on the all time Angels list while others are going after numbers reserved for Hall of Fame players. Here are five milestones that Angels players could reach in 2013.

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Josh Hamilton 1,000 HIts

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5. Josh Hamilton needs 142 hits to reach 1,000 in his career. That milestone might not seem like a big deal, but just remember where Hamilton was seven years ago.
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Howie Kendrick Climbing the Angels Hits List

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4. With 88 hits Howie Kendrick can move from 14th to tenth on the Angels all time list. He would pass Wally Joyner and Rod Carew along the way.
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Jered Weaver Moving Up the Angels Wins List

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3. Jered Weaver needs to tally eight wins to move into third place on the Angels all time wins list. He would be behind only Chuck Finley and Nolan Ryan.
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Albert Pujols 1,500 Runs Batted In

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2. Albert Pujols needs to drive in 66 runs to reach 1,500 RBI for his incredible career. He would be just the 52nd player to eclipse that mark.
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Albert Pujols 500 Home Runs

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1. If Albert Pujols can jack 25 home runs this season, he will join the 500 club. He would be just the 26th player to reach this mark. He would pass legends Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig.

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