Playing in their 52nd American League season, expectations from both the Los Angeles Angels and the fans are at an all-time high.
Demand for Angels tickets has never been greater, which is not surprising, since
the club is on a current nine-year streak of drawing in excess of three million in
attendance. The Angels, along with the now-defunct Washington Senators, were
baseball's first expansion clubs, joining the American League in 1961.
The founder and eventual owner of the team was Gene Autry, the famous Hollywood
cowboy, one of the nation's top box-office stars from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Autry's involvement no doubt contributed to the early popularity of the team, and
his frequent appearances at the games caused a spike in Angels tickets sales. Autry's
tenure, which lasted for 36 years, saw the Angels advance to the post-season just
three times, with the first occurring in 1979. Despite mediocre on-field performance,
Angels tickets sales remained popular and steady. The Angels have also undergone
several name changes, with the first change happening in 1965, when they became the California Angels.
When the Walt Disney Company became majority owners of the team in 1997, they
were renamed the Anaheim Angels.
It was under this nickname that the Angels advanced to and won their only World
Series in 2002. In 2005, new owner Arturo Moreno became the first Hispanic majority
owner of a major American professional sports team and reinstated "Los Angeles" to
the team's name, and the Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In spite of the
numerous name changes and up-and-down fortunes of the team, Angels tickets sales are still
After being awarded a franchise, the Angels needed a home. Initially, the team wanted
to make the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum their home field, but the Coliseum was
deemed unsuitable due to its chip-shot 250 ft. distance from home plate to the left
field wall. The Angels were forced to play their first season at South Los Angeles'
Wrigley Field. The following season, the team entered into an agreement with
the Dodgers to share Dodger Stadium. Angels tickets sales improved significantly in
their new surroundings, but the feeling that the team could not establish their own identity within Dodger Stadium compelled
team officials to seek a home of their own. Autry found a suitable location in Anaheim,
only 25 miles away, where Angels tickets went on sale for the 1966 season. The move
proved lucrative, as the team drew a league-leading 1.4 million during their inaugural
season in Anaheim. Following their first playoff appearance in 1979, the Angels took
on a tenant of their own, the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. The addition brought about
a massive renovation of Anaheim Stadium, increasing seating capacity to almost
65,000. Angels tickets sales reached a peak in the late 1980s, before lackluster won-
loss records and fan apathy caused a near bottoming-out. The franchise underwent
a renaissance of sorts after Disney took over the day-to-day management in 1994.
The stadium was again renovated, along with a name change to Edison International
Field of Anaheim, which lasted until 2003, when it became known as Angel Stadium
of Anaheim. Currently, the team and stadium names have remained the same for
almost a decade, and Angels tickets sales have once again taken their place among the
American League's top five.
4-14-14: The Halos clubbed five home runs in Sunday’s 14-2 drubbing of the Mets, as they climbed back to .500 on the young season. Mike Trout’s fantastic start to the season continues, as he hit his fourth homer of the year in that game, and Albert Pujols climbed to within five home runs of 500 for his career. Jered Weaver, strangely, has been awful thus far, with a record of 0-2 and a 5.79 ERA through three starts.
4-7-14: The Halos (2-4) were swept by the Mariners at home in three games to start the season, but have rebounded since, taking two of the first three games in their four-game weekend set down in Houston. Josh Hamilton, who was miserable for the majority of his inaugural season in Anaheim, is off to a torrid start, hitting .500 with a pair of home runs early on. Jered Weaver, on the other hand, has been shaky. The soft-tossing righty has lost each of his first two starts while allowing eight earned runs, including four home runs to the Astros on Saturday.
4-1-14: Mike Trout wasted little time in showing that the Angels were right to pledge over $140 million to him before the regular season started, crushing a two-run home run in his first at-bat of the season off of Felix Hernandez. However, the Seattle Mariners fought back, and a three-run bomb by Justin Smoak off of Kevin Jepsen in the top of the 9th inning put the game out of reach for the Halos as L.A. lost, 10-3.
3-27-14: The Los Angeles Angels finally cut their ties with starting pitcher Joe Blanton after releasing the right handed pitcher and eating the $8.5 million in salary for 2014 and a 2015 buyout. Blanton was hoping for a bounce back season after a disastrous 2013 season but after he allowed 16 earned runs in 20.1 innings this spring the Angels and Jerry Dipoto thought it was best to part ways. Infielder John McDonald has made the Angels Opening Day roster in what could be his final season in the Major Leagues. Two men who did not make the Angels roster and did not break camp with the club are DH and first basemen Carlos Pena and infielder Chad Tracy while catcher Yorvit Torrealba opted out of his deal and became a free agent rather than stay with the Halos. The Angels have spent a ton of money lately and they are looking for it to finally pay off in 2014 in the American League West division.
3-20-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim do not have much to get excited about this spring with a dwindling farm system, no extension for Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton walking into the Angels clubhouse on crutches early in the spring, and loss after loss in the Cactus League. Hamilton is finally off crutches and ready to come back from his calf injury that has derailed his spring training up to this point. Injuries seem to be the name of the game for the Angels as their only left handed pitcher in the bullpen, Brian Moran, went down with an elbow injury and could force the Los Angeles to head into the season without a left handed relief pitcher. In Spring Training you see a lot of players try out new positions, stances, or mechanics and the Angels are not being left out as they are allowing outfielder and DH Raul Ibanez to take ground balls and work out at first base of all positions. The Angels have struggled lately losing to a split squad game with the Chicago Cubs, started by Edwin Jackson, and losing another to the San Francisco Giants in the past week. The Halos do have a winning record in their last two weeks though and a positive run differential so hopes are still high in LA heading towards Opening Day.
3-13-14: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have spent heavily in the free agent market the seasons leading up to 2014 but decided to take a back seat this year. Rather than getting the big name the Angels are going for a different approach, building from within and extending Mike Trout to a major record breaking deal. Mark Mulder was signed in an attempt at a comeback tour only to have the show halted early in spring after an injury shut down the former workhorse and All Star so the Angels are trying, although they have struggled some this spring. With a healthy Albert Pujols, CJ Wilson, and Josh Hamilton heading into 2014 and Mike Trout selling tickets and putting butts in the seats watch out for the Angels this coming season.
3-5-14: The Los Angeles Angels are poised to redeem themselves for disappointing year last year. In particular their first baseman Albert Pujols. The slugger claims that he's fully healthy despite the fact that he's not going to appear in exhibition games. Josh Hamilton has also said that he is made good progress regarding his calf injury.
1-24-14: With two of the best players in the league in the Albert Pujols and Mike Trout it was confusing how the Los Angeles Angels missed the playoffs last season but that should change this year if both can stay healthy.The Angels also signed former Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder to a minor league deal who hasn’t pitched since 2011.
1-7-14: The Angels are not looking to add any major free agents this off-season due to the fact that they already have a slew of household names with even bigger contracts. But it team can never underestimate the value of a veteran pitcher even if it's to a minor-league deal to start the season. Bringing in veteran left-hander Mark Mulder does exactly that for the Angels. Along with molder will be placed on a minor-league deal the Angels also announced the signing of role in Ibanez to a one-year deal worth just under $3 million.
12-9-13: The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound from what was a very disappointing season last year. The angels have stockpiled big names and big bats but were unable to finish independent race last season. How are approvals has been a serious disappointment since being acquired by the angels on a 10 year contract. The Angels did acquire another name this off-season when they got third baseman David Freese from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Peter Bourjos. Freeze has a lot of playoff experience and is a solid third baseman. Center fielder Mike Trout was the lone bright spot last season for the Angels and in order to get back on the winning track the angels will need better seasons from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Last season the angels finished in third place of the American League West division and won only 78 games.
8/20/13 - After recently shutting down first baseman Albert Puljos for the rest of the season the angels are all but eliminated from playoff contention. At 14 games under 500 the Angels are sitting 16.5 games out of first place. Last week the Angels dropped three out of four games in the Bronx to the Yankees. Young stud Mike Trout leads the team in batting average hitting .333. Despite their poor record the angels are sixth in baseball in terms of team batting average at a clip of .265. This week the Angels host the Cleveland Indians. On Monday, they dropped the series opener 5-2.
8/6/13 - The Los Angeles Angels are in fourth place and it keeps getting worse for the ballclub. Losers of seven of the last 10 games theAngels have dropped nine games below .500. The next series will be at home against the Texas Rangers.
7/31/13 - The Angels have traded infielder Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Class AAA infielder Grant Green.
7/18/13 - The fact that the LA Angels have a sub .500 record is a huge surprise to everyone. Coming into the season, the Angels has one of the most feared lineups, containing Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Mixed in with a solid pitching staff on paper, many predicted the Angels to be the best team in the AL. Young stud Mike Trout has been the only player that has been consistent thus far, batting .322 with 15 home runs. 33 year old Albert Pujols has struggled in the American League and this year he is hitting a low .259 with only 15 home runs. The Angels are in 3rd place with a record of 44-49. Heading into the all-star break the Angels are losers of three straight games. On Friday, when the season resumes, the Angels will face the Oakland A’s.
7/7/13 - Mike Trout was voted in as a starter for the 2013 American League all-stars. This will be the second ASG appearance for the 21-year-old. So far in 2013, he's hitting .315 with 15 HR, 57 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
6/12/13 - This off-season the angel signed Josh Hamilton to a $123 million contract but he is been a huge disappointment. Currently the Angels are 12 games out of first place and have a steep hill to climb. After their offseason spending spree on free agents the Los Angeles Angels came into this season as heavy favorites in the AL West, but are now only in fourth place with a disappointing 27 – 33 record. With Albert Pujols only hitting .242 and Josh Hamilton only hitting .216, the Angels have struggled to get wins. Jared Weaver was on the DL earlier this season but has since returned and currently has a 3.77 ERA.