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With arguably the best player in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels are looking to surprise the doubters and contend throughout the 2017 season. A two-time MVP at just 25 years old, Mike Trout is the face of this franchise, and is surrounded by a few solid guys, mixed in with just an average roster. Anything can happen once the season gets going however, so fans and Los Angeles Angels ticket holders could be in for a thrilling season.
2016 was riddled with injuries for the Angels pitching rotation. This season, they are without longtime starter Jered Weaver, but have plenty of bodies, as up to 12 pitchers enter spring training with rotation possibilities. The group includes veterans Ricky Nolasco and Jesse Chavez, along with Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker, who are back from injury. Garrett Richards, Alex Meyer and Brooks Pounders will also be in contention for starting jobs. Los Angeles’ bullpen is anchored by 33 year-old Huston Street, who is coming off an awful year and is hoping for a different outcome in 2017. Cam Bedrosian emerged as a possible closer last season and veteran Andrew Bailey is also in the mix. Those three will most likely handle the later innings along with the best of Deolis Guerra, J.C. Ramirez, Jose Alvarez, Mike Morin, Daniel Wright and the newly acquired Austin Adams, who came over from the Indians right before spring training. The Angels are solid in the middle infield with shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Danny Espinosa at second, who signed with LA after leaving the Washington Nationals. Both guys are defensively sound and should also add their share of contributions to the lineup. Ending the carousel of third basemen that had plagued this team, Yunel Escobar’s contract option was picked up for the 2017 season, so he’ll be back at third and could resume his role as leadoff hitter this season. It appears that first base could be a split position in 2017 between former first-rounder C.J. Cron and Luis Valbuena, who inked a two-year deal with LA in January. The outfield gets a boost this season with Cameron Maybin, who will fill a much needed hole out in left field. Mike Trout at center field and Kole Calhoun in right will continue to be the nucleus of the Angels’ lineup, each getting better with every passing year. Behind the plate, Jett Bandy was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a more experienced catcher in Martin Maldonado. At the age of 30, Maldonado brings defensive, and useful pitch-framing skills to the infield.
The off-diamond drama seems to have subsided in Anaheim and this team is looking towards the future with confidence. It is still unclear what the 2017 will bring, but there’s little doubt that it will be a season worth watching. So grab your Los Angeles Angels tickets, your family or friends, and come out to support these guys all season long.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim can be counted as one of the greatest success stories of a conversion from dual purpose stadium to a baseball specific stadium. Originally known as Anaheim Stadium, the field was originally baseball specific. However, due to the L.A. Rams lack of success and subsequent lack of public interest in the team, combined with Rams’ home having 100,000 seats, the team was struggling to fill seats and moved to Anaheim Stadium. In order to accommodate both teams, the Big A was completely renovated. The stadium was enclosed, the A sign was moved to its current location in the parking lot, and additional seats were added – although these seats were also pushed away from the field in order to accommodate football.Angel Stadium of Anaheim
In 1996 the Rams had recently left, and a plan to renovate and restore the facility to solely house the Angels once more. Work on the stadium began before baseball’s 1997 season and was speedily done, finishing in time for the 1998 season. The renovation restored the opening behind the outfield, offering patrons restored views of the beautiful southern Californian mountains. The old multi-colored seats were replaced, the exterior of the stadium was renovated and outfield viewing areas and pavilions were added. Following the renovation the park’s name was changed to the Edison International Field of Anaheim, this name was dropped in 2003 for its current name, Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Altogether, the renovation provided the Angels with something baseball needs most, the feeling of a ballpark.
In modern sports today, it is ever important to have a stadium which offers attendees a unique experience. Angel Stadium of Anaheim does not fail in this department either, offering several things a fan does not get anywhere else. First, the views of the local mountains are breathtaking. There is a reason many people love to live in Southern California, and fans are invited to enjoy these with the open views and temperate weather. Second, is the rock and water feature in left centerfield. The flowing water reminds attendees of the natural Californian beauty. From this area, fireworks are set of at the beginnings of games, during homeruns, and Angels wins. These fireworks, are effective at lighting up and playing off the water feature, so it is truly a thing of beauty. Most distinctive to the Angels of all is the 230 foot A which now resides in the parking lot. The A has become a Southern Californian icon and can be seen from miles around.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a Major League Baseball team headquartered out of southern California. The Angels, founded in 1961, were one of two teams to enter the MLB in its expansion. The team was established by Gene Autry. Autry was a sort of Southern Californian royalty, the Singing Cowboy was a musician and actor credited with bringing country music to the nation. Autry’s fingerprint is still felt on the team today. In 2002 when the team won the World Series, Tim Salmon went to the dugout and returned holding a white cowboy hat in homage to Autry. The popular fan expression, “Win one for the Cowboy” is still regularly heard among fans today.
The name “Angels” is a reference to Los Angeles, the city of angels, which was the team’s original home. Angels was also chosen as a tribute to a Minor League Baseball franchise which played in Los Angeles until 1957. The team called Los Angeles its home until it moved in 1966 to Anaheim which has remained its home to this day. Despite calling Anaheim its home for nearly a half decade, then owner, Arturo Moreno, added Los Angeles to the name of the franchise, leaving the team with its current name, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This sparked significant controversy between the team and the city of Anaheim. Moreno changed the name to reach out to the huge potential fan base of Los Angeles and controversy about the name has since died down from the fever pitch it once was.
The Angels have become one of the most successful Major League Baseball franchises to come into the league after 1960. After the 2014 season, the Angels have become the first post-1960 team to sport an overall win-loss record above .500. The Angels have won the American League West division nine times since its inception. In 2002 the Angels won their first and sole World Series.