The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be dropping Anaheim from their name after the Anaheim City Council approved a lease that will keep the team in Anaheim through 2019 but will also change the team's name.
According to David Edmundson of Anaheim.com, the new lease moves the team's option to relocate from 2016 to 2019, and it was passed by a 4-1 vote.
The move will officially make the team's name the Los Angeles Angels, which is how the team is often referred to anyway. When the organization announced its name to be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the change didn't make much sense as it left two cities in the name.
The change still leaves the team in a naming conundrum, as the Angels will play in Anaheim but will be called a Los Angeles team.
The team clearly wants to keep itself in good standing with the L.A. market, which is considerably bigger than the Anaheim market. However, it will still be sharing the spotlight with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Not everyone is happy with the new lease, including Anaheim mayor Tom Tait. According to Edmundson, "Anaheim mayor Tom Tait was the only holdout in a 4-1 approval of the new lease. Mayor Tait has been very vocal in his opposition of a renegotiation, but was outvoted this time around."
Tait isn't the only one left upset and confused. ESPN Los Angeles writer Arash Markazi is not happy with the team being named after a city that it doesn't even play in:
I understand wanting L.A. marketing but the Angels won a World Series as the Anaheim Angels and play in Anaheim, they're the Anaheim Angels.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 4, 2013
Going back to the California Angels would make more sense than continuing with this Los Angeles Angels nonsense.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 4, 2013
This new change may leave the Angels with a misnomer of a name until 2019, but if team owner Arte Moreno decides to move the team to Los Angeles, the name makes perfect sense.
According to Anaheim city consultant Charles Black, Moreno has the ability to move the team when the time comes. Per Edmundson's report, "The owner of the Angels has made clear in our discussions he has the resources and willingness to build his own stadium."
What's more, Angel Stadium of Anaheim is getting older and older, and it will reportedly need between $130 million and $150 million in improvements over the next 20 years (h/t Edmundson).
The Angels' new name might not make all that much sense right now, but after this report, it looks like Moreno has decided to move the team to L.A. in 2019 and abandon Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Get ready, Los Angeles. Moreno and the Angels are very likely on their way.
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