Wilson takes Angel Stadium banner removal in stride

Wilson takes Angel Stadium banner removal in stride

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Six players make up the giant photos that grace the Home Plate Gate of Angel Stadium every year, presumably an indication of the players considered faces of the franchise.

Since the end of last season, three players have been removed. One of them, Howie Kendrick, now plays for the Dodgers. Another, Josh Hamilton, is facing a potential suspension from Major League Baseball.

The third is C.J. Wilson.

"It's the big leagues," Wilson said. "You lose 10 or 11 games, you're not going to be the face of a franchise. It's fine."

The six players making up the photos at the front of Angel Stadium in 2015, from left to right, are Albert Pujols, Garrett Richards, Huston Street, Erick Aybar, Jered Weaver and Mike Trout. Richards, Street and Aybar are new.

Wilson -- born and raised in Orange County, and signed to a five-year, $77.5 million deal in December 2011 -- was among the players with photos displayed in 2012, '13 and '14. Then he had his worst season as a Major League starting pitcher, going 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA, and now his photo is gone.

"They only have so many slots," Wilson said.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.