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Anaheim Angels    1997 record: 84-78 (second in AL West)

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1997 Team Statistics (AL Rank)

Batting Average .272 (7) Opp. Batting Avg. .269 (7)
Runs Scored 829 (5) ERA 4.52 (5)
Home Runs 161 (8) Fielding Pct. .980 (11)

A Winning Beginning

Terry Collins has never had a losing season as a major league manager. After guiding the Astros to a winning record in each of his three years there (1994-96), he led Anaheim to an 84-78 finish last season, earning a unique distinction among current major league skippers: He's the only one to start his managerial career with four straight winning seasons. Hall of Famer Joe McCarthy managed for 24 years in the big leagues, and his teams finished with a winning record in every one. But since 1950 only six managers have started their careers with a longer streak of plus-.500 seasons than Collins.

Most Consecutive Winning Seasons at the Start of A Manager's Career (Since 1950)

Manager Team(s) Seasons Years
Earl Weaver Orioles 16 1968-82, 1985
Al Lopez Indians, White Sox 15 1951-65
Davey Johnson Mets 6 1984-89
Dick Williams Red Sox, Athletics 6 1967-69,1971-73
Cito Gaston Blue Jays 5 1989-93
Billy Martin Twins, Tigers, Rangers 5 1969, 1971-74
Source: Elias Sports Bureau

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