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Los Angeles Angels owner Art Moreno has made no secret of his desire to dominate the Los Angeles baseball market since purchasing the team in 2003 for $183 million, a bargain considering the $2.15 billion that the Dodgers sold for earlier this year.
It was bad enough that MLB commissioner Bud Selig allowed the Angels to use the phrase “Los Angeles” in their official team name, but now Moreno is looking at taking the even bolder step of dropping the “of Anaheim” portion in the near future, despite that being the team’s physical location.
Under Moreno’s leadership, the Angels have shown a willingness to consistently put competitive teams on the field, something the Dodgers have not always been committed to over the past twenty years.
With two big name free agents (Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson) and a breath-taking rookie (Mike Trout) stealing more headlines, Moreno’s plans seem to be paying off.
Now that the new Dodgers ownership group has the resources to compete with Moreno, they need to act quickly to make sure that they do not lose their standing as the premier MLB franchise in the Los Angeles market.