News broke on Tuesday that the LA Angels ended their lease with the city of Anaheim to play at The Big A. However, these Angels aren’t leaving Anaheim anytime soon.
The LA Angels have been in Anaheim since their induction into the MLB. They won a World Series right there in Anaheim. Nine American League West championship banners hang in that stadium.
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The history of the Angels resides in Orange County.
And that is not changing anytime soon.
Yes, news of the team opting-out of their contract was alarming. However, it is not as serious when context is given. If the Angels did not opt-out on Tuesday, they would have been locked into playing at the same stadium for 10 more years, through 2028. With so much technology and new-age additions to MLB ballparks nowadays, it makes sense for the Angels to want to cover all their bases in terms of a contract with the city of Anaheim moving forward.
So why Anaheim instead of another city? Well, the history of the city is one factor. However, teams have changed cities before even with rich history. However, think about the money owner Arte Moreno has put into the Angels playing in Anaheim.
In recent years, Arte Moreno spent millions of dollars in legal costs so that he could name the team the Los Angeles Angels. With so many eggs (expensive eggs) in the Los Angeles basket, why would the Angels want to move their team anywhere else? It is also worth noting Moreno just last offseason paid for new video boards in the left and right field, something he would not do unless he planned for the Angels to be in Anaheim for a while.
Anaheim also has a certain lure to it. We saw Shohei Ohtani choose Anaheim because it is not a huge market like New York or the Dodgers have, and players such as Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons have been quoted saying they love the atmosphere in Anaheim.
The Angels will be playing at The Big A in 2019. By my guess, and the millions of dollars put into Anaheim by Arte Moreno, I’d guess they’re playing there for a much longer time as well.