When Angels owner Arte Moreno tries to sell the team, he "leaves a loser."
The team with the not very clever name "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" seems to be for sale after owner Arte Moreno said last week that he was looking for a buyer.
Moreno was the first Latino to own a majority share of a major sports team. This made Gustavo Arellano, who was at the party, very happy and excited.
"[Moreno] bought it in 2003, and in 2004 he got all these great Latino, mostly Dominican, and South American players to sign with him. Then, in 2005, he told everyone,
"Yeah, this team shouldn't be called the Anaheim Angels. Let's call them the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He made the team a laughingstock right away,
and Anaheim became even more of a joke than it usually is. " Arellano says that the Angels team "doesn't mean much culturally," and when a game is played at their stadium,
more fans of the opposing team are there than fans of the home team. Still, he says, every year before the pandemic, the Angels sold more than 3 million tickets.
Why not sell? Moreno asked the city of Anaheim for a new stadium in 2013. The city responded with deals that seemed too good to be true, which led to state and
federal investigations of Harry Sidhu, who is no longer mayor of Anaheim. So, there was no new stadium. Arellano doesn't hold back when he talks about Moreno's legacy:
"No one is going to remember him for being the first Latino majority owner of a sport. They will only think of him as a bad owner. I think that's the worst thing
a baseball team owner could leave behind. "He came to win, but he leaves as a loser. " Which team should be bought? Arellano points to Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli.
He says that the team has been a great example of how to reach out to the community, and Samueli would like to keep the players in Anaheim.