When outdoor media magnate Arte Moreno purchased the then Anaheim Angels from the Walt Disney Company (who changed the name from the California Angels) in 2003, becoming the first Mexican-American to own a major professional sports franchise, the baseball world was very excited.
The new Angels owner made an immediate splash, signing big name players like Vladimir Guerrero (AL MVP in 2004), Bartolo Colon (AL Cy Young Award winner in 2005), Kelvim Escobar and Jose Guillen to big contracts as free agents.
Then, after drawing more than 3 million fans in 2003 and 2004, he changed the name of the team to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, got sued by the city of Anaheim for changing the name, and alienated many Orange County residents before finally dropping the Anaheim from the team’s name in 2016.
Now, five years later and after 19 seasons without a single appearance in the World Series (the Angels last appeared in a World Series the year before Moreno bought the team), the 76-year-old Angels owner has announced he is exploring selling the team.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to own the Angels for 20 seasons,” Moreno said in a statement released on Tuesday. “As an Organization, we have worked to provide our fans an affordable and family-friendly ballpark experience while fielding competitive lineups which included some of the game’s all-time greatest players.
“Although this difficult decision was entirely our choice and deserved a great deal of thoughtful consideration, my family and I have ultimately come to the conclusion that now is the time. Throughout this process, we will continue to run the franchise in the best interest of our fans, employees, players and business partners.”
Baseball fans were very happy hear the news that Arte Moreno is looking to sell the Angels
Moreno purchased the Angels in 2003 for $184 million. Today, the Angels have an estimated value of $2.2 billion.
Many baseball fans, tired of seeing generational talents like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani playing on underachieving, sub-.500 teams were overjoyed at the news about the Angels’ potential sale.
Dodgers fan here to say I hope this happens for you Angels. Your fans deserve this. Your players deserve this. Your coaches and everyone employed by you deserve this. You all deserve better and may this happen very soon. 🙏— Tweetmix (@tweetmix) August 23, 2022
I'll celebrate if the new owners are actually good, but for now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel— Dankus Memeus 🇺🇦🇹🇼 (@Ruler3995) August 23, 2022
biggest win in angels history— SAINTSHOW SZN (@LakersNola) August 23, 2022
We did it!— #FreeOhtani #SellArte (@PostPujolsEra) August 23, 2022
Next up (at least according to fans), the Tigers and the White Sox?
Announce chris illitch doing the same— Justin⚡️| Mel Tucker Enthusiast (@SPARTANWRLD_) August 23, 2022
“Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf says he’s exploring selling the team”— Sell The White Sox (@HashTagWhiteSox) August 23, 2022
I fixed it for you Jeff.
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