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Boxscore Breakdown #161: The greater good – Mariners 2, Angels 1

Yes, the Angels lost this game, but that’s alright. The loss was meaningless to the Angels and it furthered the greater good. That would, of course, be ensuring that baseball fans across the land would get to watch meaningful games on the final day of the season. Because Mike Scioscia was gracious enough to turn things […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #160: Tuned up – Mariners 4, Angels 3

This was supposed to be a nice tune up game for Jered Weaver as he readied himself for Game 1 of the ALDS. Instead, he was the one that got tuned up. In a fitting piece of symmetry, Weaver ended his regular season as he began it, with a middling and mildly concerning loss at the […]

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Conflicted

I am so conflicted as to what to root for in this series. On one hand, I really want to see the Oakland collapse be totally complete with them falling out of a playoff spot altogether. To do that, the Angels are going to have to lose at least two of these games. In a perfect […]

Angels end talks with Anaheim, claim they can afford to build their own stadium

Things just got real in the contentious showdown between the Angels and the City of Anaheim over proposed renovations of Angel Stadium. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the Angels have walked away from the talks and have lined up a meeting this Tuesday with officials in Tustin about a potential new stadium.

The Angels have made overtures in LA and Tustin previously, but this time, they aren’t mincing words about their intentions. Again, from the LA Times article:

“We can afford to build a new stadium,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said.

In 2011, Fox Sports agreed to pay the Angels close to $3 billion for long-term television rights, and grant them an ownership stake in Fox Sports West. The Angels could leverage that cash and/or that ownership stake to help pay for a new ballpark, and Moreno could consider taking on development partners. Moreno told The Times that he makes money on the Angels and carries no debt on the team.

On Friday, the Angels notified the city of Anaheim that the team “is hereby electing to terminate” its deal framework “and negotiations pursuant to it,” effective in 30 days. Garvey said the team is walking away from the particular deal, not necessarily from the city of Anaheim.

“It’s been over a year,” Moreno said. “We’ve gone backwards. We haven’t accomplished anything.”

Keep in mind that the Angels already renegotiated their lease with Anaheim to allow them to opt out as late as 2019, so they have plenty more time to play this saga out and find a new home if need be.

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Second Guessing Scioscia in advance of the postseason

Your regularly scheduled Second Guessing Scioscia column is being preempted this week for a special edition of Second Guessing Scioscia! Normally, we would look back at the week that was and nitpick decisions that Mike Scioscia made and decide whether or not he made the right call. Honestly though, who really cares about some decisions Sosh made […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #159: Saving Santiago – Angels 5, Athletics 4

And with one solid start, the entire Angels fan base breathed a collective sigh of relief. Yes, Hector Santiago managed to fix himself just in time to give the Angels some hope that they might have more than one useful starting pitcher in the ALDS. Santiago was coming off a disastrous start in which he tried […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #158: LeBlanc-ed – Angels 2, Athletics 0

So, who wants Wade LeBlanc in the playoff rotation now? I kid, I kid. Sort of. I think. Still, this is now the second time the Angels have shutout the A’s with a starting pitcher that seemingly has no business starting a game. Last month, it was Rasmus in the first “bullpen day” game. This time it […]

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Finding the optimal ALDS opponent for the Angels

The Angels are going to the playoffs, this much we have known for weeks now. What we don’t know is who they are actually going to play, which is quite frustrating. Between the uncertainty in the AL playoff picture and the complexity of the Wild Card game, there is no telling who the Halos are going […]

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Will the faltering rotation doom the Angels in the postseason?

Two weeks ago, the term “juggernaut” was being thrown around quite liberally in relation to the Angels as they had just finished steamrolling the A’s and running off a double-digit winning streak. Since then, the term used most frequently is “oh no.” The offense has slowed down to a more human pace, but that is fine. […]

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