Tim Salmon is an interesting case. The former Angels outfielder was a pretty decent power-hitter and was arguably the most feared hitter in the Angels lineup for nearly a decade. He was also praised for a strong arm. Despite putting together a pretty good career, Salmon never once made an All-Star team.
Salmon hit 31 home runs as a rookie way back when the Angels were called the “California Angels” and he teamed with fossils like Chili Davis, Kelly Gruber, and Mark Langston. Slammin’ Salmon topped the 30-HR mark five times while with the Angels and topped the 100-RBI mark twice.
It would be tempting to assume that Salmon missed out on recognition for most of his career because he was your typical power guy who could never get on base. Salmon retired with an on-base percentage of .385 which is beyond being merely respectable. From 1992-2006 (his career span), Salmon ranked 26th in all of baseball in OBP, just a point behind Alex Rodriguez.
Salmon struggled with injuries later in his career, but showed resolve as he was named the Comeback Player of the Year in 2002. That season was then capped by a World Series win for the Angels as he hit 2 homers in the World Series and hit .346.
I don’t think Salmon is a Hall of Fame quality player, far from it. I just think he was a guy who managed to slip between the cracks of the steroid era and never quite fot the pub he deserved.