» June 1, 1995:
The California Angels select Nebraska OF Darin Erstad with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. He'll sign for a $1.6 bonus, the highest signing bonus to date. Picking next, the Padres take high school C Ben Davis, and the Mariners pick Jose Cruz, Jr. The Cubs follow with Texas high schooler Kerry Wood. The 5th pick, P Ariel Prieto, will debut with the A's on July 5. Picking 7th, the Rangers pass over Todd Helton to take P Jonathan Johnson. Picking next, Colorado takes Helton. The Brewers take future starting OF Geoff Jenkins in the first round, but the rest of their picks will be busts. Sean Casey goes to the Indians on round 2, and the Royals take Carlos Beltran on the same round. Gabe Kapler goes to the Tigers on the 57th round. The Mets strike out in the first round (18th) with SS Ryan Jaroncyk; picking in the same spot four years ago they took OF Al Shirley.
» July 6, 1997: At Anaheim, Chuck Finley allows four hits and strikes out 13 to lead the Angels to an 80 shut out over the Mariners. Dave Hollins fourth inning grand slam is the big blow, while Darin Erstad also homers, the first by a lefty off Jeff Fassero (8-5) in over three years. Tim Salmon also hits a solo homer in the third, his third in three games. Fassero left the game earlier in the 3rd inning after spraining his right ankle fielding Craig Grebeck's bunt single.
» June 9, 1998: Cecil Fielder of the Angels and Yamil Benitez of the Diamondbacks each hit grand slams in the same inning in Anaheim's 108 win over Arizona. It is the 1st time that both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 1992. Darin Erstad adds five hits for the Angels, while Fielder brings home six runs altogether.
» May 28, 2000: The Angels defeat the Royals, 8-4, smashing four home runs in a 6-run 5th inning. Darin Erstad hit the 1st, then one out later, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson followed with consecutive blasts.
» June 17, 2000:
Darin Erstad laces a double, his 100th hit of the year, in the Angels 103 win over Arizona. Erstad's hit comes in his 61st game, and he is the fastest to reach 100 hits since Heinie Manush, in 1934.
» July 9, 2000:
The Angels win over the Rockies, 10-4, as OF Darin Erstad gets four hits. Erstad now has 144 safeties, the most by any player at the All-Star break since Ralph Garr had 149 in 1974.
» July 13, 2000: The Dodgers edge the Angels, 43, in 10 innings but not before California executes an unusual play. After the Dodgers Adrian Beltre triples off the newly-renovated RF fence in the bottom of the 10th, the Angels move LF Darin Erstad to the infield to prevent the run scoring. Erstad, playing at about 2B, throws out Kevin Elster for an OF assist. Jim Leyritz then singles in the run.
» July 24, 2000: The Angels defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in 12 innings. Texas also loses C Ivan Rodriguez, who breaks his thumb on Mo Vaughn's bat while attempting to throw out a runner. He will miss the remainder of the season. Angels Darin Erstad ties the AL mark for extra-inning game with 12 putouts by a left fielder, last tied by Rickey Henderson, in 1988.
» August 18, 2000: The Angels defeat the Yankees, 98 in 11 innings. Anaheim scores five runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad's home run wins it in the 11th. It is the 1st time in 12 years that the New Yorkers blow a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.
» August 29, 2000:
The Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 9-4. Anaheim's Darin Erstad gets three hits to reach the 200 mark for the season. It is the fastest any batter has reached 200 in 65 years.
» September 27, 2000:
The A's defeat the Angels, 9-7. Anaheim's Darin Erstad hits a home run in the 2nd inning for his 99th RBI of the year from the leadoff spot to set a new record. Nomar Garciaparra drove home 98 in 1997 for the previous mark.
» August 27, 2002:
The Angels defeat the Devil Rays, 73. as OF Darin Erstad gets five hits, including a pair of doubles, for Anaheim.
» October 9, 2002: The Angels jump out to a 40 lead then hold on to defeat the Twins, 63, to even the ALCS at a game apiece. Russ Ortiz's pitching is backed by home runs by Darin Erstad and Brad Fullmer.
» October 26, 2002: With the Giants leading 50 after six 1/2 innings, the Angels score three runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th to come away with a 65 victory that evens the Series at three games apiece. Scott Spiezio hits a 3run homer for Anaheim while Darin Erstad also connects. Brendan Donnelly gets the win in relief. Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds homer for SF.
» December 12, 2002:
The Elias Sports Bureau announces that Anaheim OF Darin Erstad set the American League record for consecutive errorless chances for an OF this season and didn't know it at the time.