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Friday, April 08, 2005

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

I've seen a few baseball scores on ESPN the last few days, wondering which team "LAA" might be. It turns out that the Angels have changed their first name again. As an expansion team in the early 1960's, the Angels played in LA and called themselves, logically enough, the Los Angeles Angels. They changed their name to California Angels in 1965, moved to Anaheim in 1966 (staying as the California Angels), and then changed their name to Anaheim Angels in 1997. Now, according to ESPN,
Team owner Arte Moreno changed the name from Anaheim Angels to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the offseason, drawing the ire of city officials both in Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Anaheim officials still are fighting the name change in court.
The Angels won their only World Series in 2002 as the Anaheim Angels. Why would they want to change their name again, and to something so nonsensical?

Sorry. Back to weightier matters soon.