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Stadium: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Manager: Joe Maddon

2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels Summary 

The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a 2021 season where they finished fourth in the AL West with a 77-85 record. Manager Joe Maddon will have to quickly turn things around for the team this season after back-to-back fourth-place finishes with the team since his arrival there. But there is hope for Maddon and the Angels for the 2022 season.

The team has made waves during free agency in the offseason. While they have lost some players to free agency, the Angels have done an excellent job replacing the players that they have lost so far. When the team lost shortstop Gavin Cecchini, the team picked up shortstops Tyler Wade and Andrew Velazquez to replace him.

The Angels have also picked up players for their bullpen, which was among the worst in the AL for 2021. With the added players from free agency, Joe Maddon and the Angels are looking to retool the team for a 2022 push for the postseason.

Los Angeles Angels History 

The Los Angeles Angels started in 1961 as an expansion team in the American League. Singer/actor Gene Autry was the man responsible for founding the Angels. The team got its name from the Pacific Coast League team of the same name after Autry brought the franchise name from Walter O’Malley.

The Angels have moved around a few times since its founding but always stayed in the state of California. While the team started in Los Angeles, they would move to Anaheim in 1966, prompting the team to change its name before the end of the 1965 season to the California Angels.

In 1996, the Walt Disney Company would buy the Angels team and by 1997 rename the team to the Anaheim Angels. The reasoning behind this was Disney’s attempt to make Anaheim a destination place, much like their resort in Orlando, Florida. Disney would sell the Angels team on May 15th, 2003, less than a year after the team won its first AL Pennant and World Series title.

Even though the team still plays in Anaheim, the new team owner was renamed the team back to the Los Angeles Angels. However, there was a brief period where the team was known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a contract agreement to have the Anaheim name as part of the team’s name.

2022 Key Stats 

While the Angels had a losing season for 2021, their batting stats were in the middle among AL teams. The Angels would finish 2021 eighth in runs, seventh in hits, and 11th in home runs out of 15 AL teams. The team still has some of their top players from the 2021 season, like David Fletcher, who led the team in hits with 164 hits in 2021.

The Angels will also have their top home run hitter back in Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani, as a designated hitter, had 46 home runs in 2021. Ohtani was also the team’s top starting pitcher for 2021, recording nine wins and a 3.18 ERA, both of which were team bests for 2021.

While Ohtani dominated both on offense and defense, the rest of the Angels’ pitching staff had a horrible season. The Angels pitching staff finished with an average ERA of 4.69, putting them 12th out of 15 AL teams. While the Angels have picked up pitchers in the offseason, it is clear that the team’s ace going into 2022 is Shohei Ohtani.

Championships Won by the Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have had their ups and downs since coming to the AL in 1961, but they also have some championship titles at the same time. The Angels have one World Series title and one AL Pennant, stemming from their wild-card berth in 2002. The Angels have also won the Al West Division title nine times.

The Angels’ success in the Al West division has come from the current ownership of Arturo Moreno, who brought the Angels from Disney in 2003. Under Moreno, the Angels would win the AL West Division title in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014. The Angels’ previous Al West Division championships would come in 1979, 1982, and 1986. Moreno will be looking for the Angels to get back to their championship ways with the 2022 season.

Important Team Events

During the 2022 season, there will be a few different rivalry games that the Angels will have that will be important for the team. The first will be the Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels will play the first two-game series at the Dodgers on June 14th and 15th, while the Dodgers will play the second set at the Angels on July 15th and 16th.

The other big rivalry game that the Angels will have will be against the Texas Rangers. These two teams have a deep-rooted rivalry that ranks up with the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Games between these two clubs have seen fights break out, leading the hate between these two clubs to grow. For 2022, the two teams will meet for 19 games. The Angels will play the first at the Rangers on April 14th and the last at the Angels on October 2nd.

Top Players 

When it comes to top players for the Angels, the team has plenty to name in the past and present. Pitcher Nolan Ryan, left fielder Garret Anderson, outfielder Tim Salmon, pitcher Mike Witt, and right fielder Vladimir Guerrero Sr. are some of the best from the past with the Angles. These players have won multiple awards while playing with the Angels and, with some players, have taken the team to numerous AL West Division titles.

For the 2022 season, the Angles will look to long-time Angel Mike Trout and emerging star, Shohei Ohtani, who plays as a pitcher and designated hitter for the team. The Angels will also be looking for their offseason acquisitions to produce in 2022. Those players are relief pitchers Raisel Iglesias, who re-signed with the Angels for 2022, Aaron Loup, and Elvis Peguero.

Loup shows the most promise for the Angels out of all the added pitchers for the 2022 season. During his time with the Mets in 2021, Loup would have a 6-0 record and a 0.95 ERA. These are the numbers the Angles will need in 2022 to make any improvements in the AL West.

Top Coaches 

When it comes to past coaches for the Los Angeles Angels, one manager stands out among all others that have managed the team in the past. Mike Scioscia is the one manager that has had the most success in Angels’ history. Scioscia has the most wins in Angels history with 1,650 wins and the best winning percentage among managers for the Angels that have been with the team for multiple years with a .536 winning percentage. He is also the only Angels manager to take the team to the World Series and win it.

For 2022, the Angles will look to Joe Maddon for a third year to see if he can finally turn the team around. With this being the last year on his contract, Maddon will need to act fast with the 2022 season if he wants to stay with the team going into 2023. Maddon will be backed up by his bench coach Mike Gallego, who has been with the team since 2019.

The Angles also hired three new coaches in Phil Nevin, Benji Gil, and Bill Haselman. Their roles for 2022 have yet to be decided. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The reason was because of a contract between the Los Angeles Angels organization and Anaheim through a lease of the city-owned stadium. The City of Anaheim would take the Angels to court over the matter in hopes that they would revert to the name of the Anaheim Angels. However, a court ruling accepted the team having “of Anaheim” behind their name to uphold their contract with the city.

Yes, the team started in 1961 playing games at Wrigley Field for home games. However, this isn’t the same Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the Chicago Cubs currently play.

The Angels recorded a 100-62 record during the 2008 season, marking their best season as a team.

This mantra is about former Angels team owner Gene Autry, famous for playing a cowboy in movies. The mantra is also about winning a World Series for Autry, who never saw his team do so while he was the owner.

Mike Trout has the most home runs for the Angels with 310.

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