Angels' Moreno To Evaluate Whole Club; Ballpark Talks Ongoing With Anaheim
Angels Owner Arte Moreno on Monday said that his "ongoing evaluation of the organization encompasses 'everyone,'" and he "isn't precluding himself from that evaluation," according to Barry Bloom of MLB.com. Moreno said, "I've been very upfront with people about how we've done economically and attendance-wise. But the reality is, when you're not going to the party, you better figure out what you need to do to improve the team." Moreno said of the Angels' ballpark situation, "There are ongoing conversations that I would say have been positive. ... Hopefully we'll be able to work something out long-term. We really have until the end of 2016 or '17 if we're going to opt out." Asked about the infrastructure of Angel Stadium, Moreno said, "It's the fourth-oldest stadium and has gone through some remodeling. We have worked hard to maintain it physically and cosmetically. ... Would we like to have more amenities? Sure. But our access to parking and in and out of the park is good. ... But as far as sight lines, I think it's a good park to go watch a ballgame." Regarding the Dodgers' success and its impact on the Angels, Moreno said, "I don't think it impacts us. ... What the Dodgers are doing is great, because when all the other (ownership) stuff was going on, it wasn't good for us, it wasn't good for baseball. (Los Angeles) is a huge area. There are 18 million people in the metroplex. There are plenty of people to draw from." Moreno then added, "From the economic side, we have no debt. We have a really good long-term television agreement. We own our own radio, and we don't lose money. We may not always make the right decisions, but we try to stay competitive" (MLB.com, 8/19).