The professional baseball franchise, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a member of the West Division of the American League (AL). The team was established in 1961 and has been based Angels Stadium of Anaheim since 1966 in Anaheim, California. The Los Angeles Angels has some of the leagues most popular players and deadliest lineups in baseball according to many experts. The team’s name was changed in 2005 from Anaheim Angels to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The team has key rivalries including the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and their neighbor Los Angeles Dodgers, even though the Dodgers are in the National League.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won only seventy-four games in 2016, the least since 1999, but are looking to improve this season with some new talent and many young prospects that they are expecting to help them out. That was a poor showing for the team’s lineup that boasts of $181 million payrolls which is the 7th highest in baseball. Their fans were disenchanted with the team’s performance in addition to the team posting the 3rd lowest cable television ranking in all of MLB. As much as the team attracted more than 3 million fans in last year’s season for the fourteenth straight year, it marked the lowest attendance during the time. The team’s best player Mike Trout won the MVP Award for the second time, and his salary increased from 14 million to $33.25 million with a contract that expires in 2020. This seems like a very hefty salary but Trout is not just a fantastic baseball player, but is also the face of the franchise. Just book your Angeles tickets with no fees and make sure to be there to enjoy the live performances of your favorite team.
The team’s value as of April 2017 was $1,750 million while by 2015 the Angels’ fan base had set six Guinness World Records for displaying the highest number of gatherings of people wearing, cowboy hats, sombreros, Santa hats, wrestling masks, and wigs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was voted as the number one franchise by ESPN Magazine in professional sports in 2009. In 2014, the team ranked highest rated season on Fox Sports West in more than ten years reaching fifty percent higher as compared to 2013.
The team is blessed with a Hall of Fame talent that includes players such as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, who have 5 MVP trophies stuck between the two of them. The team continues to be a postseason danger to the American League West, having won 9 divisional titles together with one World Series Crown in 2002. The 45,975 seat stadium is always full of fans due to the talented team and the great weather that is almost always present at this fabulous ballpark. The area of the ballpark has lots of entertainment to offer with many restaurants, bars and even Disney Land, whcich is only three miles away from the stadium.
Since joining the team in 2011, Mike Trout has continually been one of baseballs best players and a leader on and off the field. He has garnered a lot of admiration from the mainstream media, as well as from sabermetricians and is considered as one of the greatest players currently in the Major Leagues.
Other talented players who have played for the Angels include Nolan Ryan, Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Grich, Rod Carew, Garret Anderson, Jim Fregosi, Tim Salmon, Reggie Jackson and Don Baylor. Many of which have be inducted into Cooperstown (MLB hall of fame). This is a franchise with a strong history and great young player making them a standout in the American League West.