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Could the Angels be moving north?

Sep 20, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

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The Angels lease in Anaheim is up in 2016. Today this from the Los Angeles Daily News:

Angels officials have had preliminary talks about moving the Major League Baseball franchise from Anaheim to Industry, according to a source with close ties to Industry City Hall … Angels owner Arte Moreno has said in the past that he would need to know this year or next whether he should stay in Anaheim or move the team.

This is not the first rumbling we’ve heard of the Angels moving. Back in April there was chatter about Moreno meeting with AEG, who has long been linked to a potential downtown football stadium and already developed the Staples Center and other downtown delights.

As we mentioned then, there were all kinds of problems with the Angels and AEG hooking up for a downtown ballpark, and I suspected at the time that part of what was going on there was Moreno trying to make it look like he has other options, thereby enhancing his negotiating position with Anaheim for a new lease in the old park.

As Rob Neyer noted today, there are also problems with moving the Angels to Industry, and he suspects just like we did back in April, that this is another instance of Moreno trying to create leverage. Or for a third party to try to create leverage regarding a possible NFL site.  Because, on the merits, it makes little sense for the Angels to move anyplace.

  1. elmaquino - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    219 people live in Industry, CA

    • poreef - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      And they’re all strippers.

      • dondada10 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Note to self: Industry, CA–Summer 2013.

    • bigleagues - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Los Angeles Angels of Industry City?


    • melsh13 - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      But, I’d guess 300,000 cars roll through Industry every day.

      Not by choice.

      • chumthumper - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        I spent a week there one afternoon.

  2. jarathen - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Nothing says beautiful views and old-time baseball like The City of Industry.

    Really, Arte?

  3. scatterbrian - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Pretty sure the Dodgers have territorial rights to Industry…

  4. poreef - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Industry provides about zero leverage. No one in their right mind would consider it a good location for baseball from an esthetic or business perspective. No transit, highway access from the fanbase is not the greatest (it’s literally a mountain range away from Orange County), etc.

    I do think it’s the among the best places for the NFL in LA – 8 games a year on Sundays trying to get 70,000+ in and out is not the same as 81 scattered over a summer. But it’s a downright awful location for baseball.

    • seitz26 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      A mountain range? It’s not like people from Orange County would have to travel there in covered wagons. It’s right in between four freeways.

    • seitz26 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Which isn’t to say I’m necessarily in favor of the site. I’m just saying it’s not really that hard to get to. Plus, a lot of the fanbase is in Riverside, San Bernardino, and the inland empire. It’s arguably easier to get to for those people.

      • poreef - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Well, if you defined freeway access by the # of major routes nearby, Southern California wouldn’t have any transportation problems. It would be easier for SGV/IE folks for sure. But there’s more money where they are now.

        You’re talking 57 to the 60 as the simplest path from the existing fanbase. And that interchange sucks. Or 5-605-60. You’re talking 45 minutes to 1.5-2h to get from the current stadium to the new stadium many evenings. If they played the games at 3am, yes, freeway access is dandy.

        The current stadium is by the 5, 57 and by SoCal standards, excellent public transit access.

      • poreef - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        PS. I think we agree enough. I am reminded of a joke Letterman used to make about building a high-speed train from NYC to Albany (a popular, profitable Amtrak line).

        Who’d want to get to Albany that fast?

      • natstowngreg - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Cheap shot at Albany aside (what would you expect from Letterman?), the trip along the Hudson River features lots of nice scenery.

      • poreef - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        I was born and raised in Albany. Letterman was right.

  5. pitperc - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Craig, the Angels haven’t used that version of the logo in about a decade. Just wanted to let you know.

    The analysis is spot on, though.

    • jarathen - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:14 AM

      It’s surprisingly common for sports media to use the navy diamond-backed logo, even though you are correct, and the Angels themselves no longer use it.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Shoes for industry!

    • Loose Changeup - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Firesign Theater…perfect for this bizarro article

    • 4d3fect - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      You sayin the Angels are dead?

  7. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Too bad. Now there’ll be nobody left in baseball who looks like Zorro.

  8. Matthew Pouliot - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The ex-Anaheim-based Los Angeles Angels of Industry?
    The Los Angeles Angels of Industry nee Anaheim?

    • bigxrob - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I prefer:
      The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Industry California
      Just rolls off the tongue

  9. pauleee - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    You know, if he wanted an LA team sooo fucking bad, why didn’t he try to buy the Dodgers?

    • mrfloydpink - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Easy. He wanted to own a major league team.

    • eyeh8goodell - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Because he doesn’t want the liability of people getting jumped by lowlife gangbanger Dodgers fans on the premises.

  10. mazblast - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Is there any SoCal team for which Industry has NOT been a stalking horse?

    • hep3 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM


  11. eyeh8goodell - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Is there gonna be a meth lab and dispensary on the concourses too?

    • seitz26 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      They’re talking to Industry, not Fontana.

  12. fuddpucker - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The Angels are so-gone out of Anaheim.

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