The Anaheim Angels seem to never get the memo that Anaheim is not in Los Angeles. Bill Shaikin wrote a wonderful article, and tweeted out the gist.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (of Los Angeles) wanted to put one of their minor league teams within the city of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) vetoed the project.https://t.co/SUQjxsdlrt
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 17, 2019
In short, the Dodgers were exploring building a new baseball field at a dying mall and helping revitalize the are in the valley. An unfortunate snag in the effort is that the owner of the Angels would block it.
Guber and the Dodgers liked the Woodland Hills Project. [Westfield Corp CEO Peter] Lowy and Westfield liked it. The mayor of Los Angeles liked it. The president of the minor leagues liked it. Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, liked it.
Dodger owner Peter Guber adds the hold up.
‘There was nobody that did not like it, except for Arte Moreno’
Under baseball rules, as it says, LA, OC, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties are shared by the Dodgers and Angels. So both teams have the power to block each other in a venture to expand.
Stop Trying To Make Anaheim LA
Arte Moreno could use a conversation with Regina George, who would tell him to stop trying to make Anaheim, ‘happen.’ The Angels blocked the Dodgers attempt at re-vitalizing a dying mall that just happens to be within the city of Los Angeles. The Angels were not okay with this, apparently thinking that Anaheim was as much a part of Los Angeles as, uh, well, Los Angeles.
To be fair, the Dodgers would have likely blocked this idea had the Angels suggested it. This being the only excuse for the Angels is particularly lame for two reasons:
- The Dodgers are the Los Angeles team, and play in Los Angeles, no matter what MLB or the Angels try to market.
- This was the Dodgers idea.
Angels, Green with Blue Envy
This battle of supremacy for “LA’s team” just won’t go away, despite it’s preposterous nature. This field was going to be 55 miles away from Angels stadium. Arte Moreno can do whatever he wants, but something like this is sad. The residents of San Fernando could have greatly benefited from this idea. Mike Trout is the best player in MLB, and the Angels have locked him up for good, but one player does not a team make. Until there’s a new Angels owner, Dodgers will have to take comfort in knowing that the Dodgers are Los Angeles’s team.