LA Angels Tickets
Dysfunction was the theme of 2015 for the Los Angeles Angels after leading the league in runs scored (773) and wins (98) in 2014. They were bounced from the post season early after a midseason departure by GM Jerry Dipoto due to a power struggle with manager Mike Scioscia along with the distraction of troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton’s relapse into substance abuse. The 2016 season will depend on the extreme talent of Mike Trout and a solid pitching staff to put them in the mix in the AL West. The clear strength of this Angels roster is in their starting pitchers. Garrett Richards is one of the hardest throwers in MLB and bounced back from a rough knee injury to make 32 starts last season. Tyler Skaggs is also coming off an injury but when back from Tommy John surgery will strengthen LA’s rotation along with Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, Hector Santiago and Nick Tropeano. The Angels bullpen was rebuilt two seasons ago with Huston Street and Joe Smith as their key players.
The Angels dealt for shortstop Andrelton Simmons who is incredibly dynamic with his glove while their second base slot is somewhat of a question mark. They traded away Howie Kendrick last year so it appears the spot will be fielded by a combination of veteran Cliff Pennington and Johnny Giavotella. An ageing Albert Pujols at first base had a solid 2015 and the Angels are hoping they can get one more good season from him before putting that DH in front of his title while at third, they acquired Yunel Escobar from the Nationals. Mike Trout posted 41 homers in 2015 and along with Kole Calhoun create a stout outfield. Behind the plate, 24-year old Carlos Perez will get the nod and be supported by veteran Geovany Soto.
This season should be more harmonious than the 2015 campaign for the Angels. Look for their solid pitching rotation along with the bats of Trout, Pujols and Calhoun to keep them in contention in the tough AL West. Purchase your Los Angeles Angels tickets early and often and come down to support these guys this summer.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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.
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.