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EISNER SPEAKS OUT ON STATE OF THE ANGELS OVER THE WEEKEND
Published March 2, 1998
Disney Chair Michael Eisner said the Angels are "making the necessary moves to build lasting success," according to Kevin Acee of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Eisner, who said that he "does not see the Angels ever having a Yankees-type payroll," said the team would be "competitive." Eisner: "We are competitive. I don't think there's any secret our company has spent the money in every area, including the stadium, including the executives and players, to be competitive. ... We don't want to own a team that's not competitive. We'd rather not be in the game." Acee wrote that the theme of Eisner's comments "always returned to Disney's long-term commitment," and that Eisner "even said he can accept the Angels continuing to lose money for a time" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/1). Eisner, on the team's aim to sign young players to long-term deals: "It would be nice to re-create the loyalty baseball used to have, for fans to know you'll have certain players from one year to the next." Eisner, on the team's goals: "What we're building toward is having a winning organization year in and year out, so that every season there's a sense of hope. You just can't shoot from the hip." Eisner, on the Marlins: "To me, I'm still idealistic, and I think it takes the luster away if you buy a championship. I hope that was an anomaly. I don't think the fans in Florida are going to be loyal if they buy a team one year and dissolve it the next. I don't think that will happen here" (L.A. TIMES, 3/1).