CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2003 |
Here's a description you don't hear very often: billionaire good guy. Oh, there are billionaires (476 this year, according to Forbes magazine). And there are good guys (precise count unavailable). Put the two together, though, and I suspect you've got a decidedly smaller number. Maybe that's why Arte Moreno, the Angels' new owner, made such a splash last week in Anaheim when he came bearing sombreros.
July 18, 2004 |
It is no longer just a walk in the park for Arte Moreno. Oh, the Angel owner still takes a nightly stroll around Angel Stadium, but the fans are now talking a different kind of talk. "They've always stopped me to say hello and kind of grade me on different things," Moreno said last week. "Some like this, others don't like that. "Now they're unanimous. They all want us to get Randy Johnson, and I'm getting blistered."
October 6, 2010 |
The tone was strange. The words were foreign. The call to action was almost unrecognizable. Did I really just hear what I thought I heard? Did the owner of an underachieving Los Angeles major league baseball team just tell me that he was angry, disappointed, and would spend whatever it took to return his team to the playoffs? "Yes," Arte Moreno said Tuesday. "That's how I feel. That's what I'll do. " At that point in the phone conversation, I was so disoriented, I fanned myself with a large wad of Dodger divorce papers, wiped my brow with Dodger Stadium rent checks, and briefly rested my head upon a padded Dodger Dream Foundation salary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2004 |
As unofficial and unpaid advisor to the city of Anaheim, I respectfully submit: It's over. Angels owner Arte Moreno, former hero and once the most popular man in all 34 of our towns, is now a villain. He's wearing the goat horns in ways that Mo Vaughn never dreamed of. To maximize advertising revenue, Moreno wants to market his ballclub as the Los Angeles Angels, leaving "Anaheim Angels" to the dustbin of history.
October 8, 2007 |
Beer prices, schmeer prices. Arte Moreno's five-year honeymoon as Angels owner ended Sunday amid the shadows of a half-empty stadium and the echoed chants of strangers. Let's Go, Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox owned his team and their fans owned his house, leaving Moreno to trudge away from another crumbled postseason possessing one last scrap. His word. Now, in terms of his roster, we will find out just how much that is worth.
May 23, 2003 |
When Disney bought the Angels, players squirmed, half-jokingly wondering whether their caps would be adorned with mouse ears. On the day Arte Moreno officially replaced Disney, the first Latino owner in major league history presented bright red sombreros -- with the Angel logo -- to Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Bill Stoneman. "This is going to be the new headwear for the Angels," Moreno said.
April 19, 2013 |
Torii Hunter's first at-bat in Angel Stadium on Friday night was delayed by a standing ovation, which the Detroit Tigers right fielder acknowledged by waving his helmet. When Hunter took his position in the first inning, fans in the right-field bleachers rose in unison, one row of spectators holding up a large “THANK U TORII” sign. For Hunter, who hit .286 with 105 homers and 432 runs batted in during a five-year stint with the Angels in which he was also the heart and soul of the club, it wasn't just about appreciation.
October 5, 2005 |
If the Dodgers sought permission to interview Angel Manager Mike Scioscia for their vacant managerial position and Scioscia were interested, Angel owner Arte Moreno said he would not stand in Scioscia's way. But Scioscia, who wanted the Dodger job before becoming the Angel manager in 2000, did not seem interested in returning to the team he helped to two World Series titles as a catcher from 1980 to 1992.
April 3, 2007 |
Speculation is already running rampant in New York that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will exercise an opt-out clause in his contract after 2007 to become a free agent, forgoing the final three years and $81 million left on his record 10-year, $252-million deal. The Angels, as well as the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, have been mentioned prominently as likely destinations for Rodriguez, who some believe could double the remaining years and salary left on his contract.
July 27, 2004 |
Arte Moreno would not rule trading for Randy Johnson, but the Angel owner did not sound Monday like a man who -- like Yankee owner George Steinbrenner -- would go to any length to acquire the Arizona ace before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline. "How much of a mortgage do you put on your property?" Moreno said, alluding to the price in prospects the Angels would have to pay to obtain Johnson.