|2012 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
The logo of the Angels during their 2012 campaign
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jerry Dipoto|
|Local television||Victor Rojas, Mark Gubicza)|
|Local radio||KWKW (AM 1330)|
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The day after the end of the 2011 Regular Season, the Angels vowed to be "creative" and "aggressive" in their approach to the upcoming offseason because of the team missing out on the postseason two years in a row for the first time since 2000-01. Just a day after that statement, the Angels announced that general manager Tony Reagins had resigned with owner Arte Moreno saying that "we felt a change was needed", Reagins will remain part of the front office in a different capacity. On October 27, 2011, it was reported that the Angels will hire Jerry Dipoto to serve as the franchise's eleventh general manager, there will be an official announcement by the Angels on October 28. The Angels also signed a major new television deal with Fox Sports worth $3 billion over a span of 20 years which works out to $150 million a year. It is the new TV deal, that many speculate, enabled the Angels to spend so much in the 2011-12 offseason.
On December 8, 2011, the Angels shocked the baseball world by signing former St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols and Texas Rangers ace C. J. Wilson spending up to $331 million on the two players. According to analysts, Pujols was regarded as the best offensive player (along with arguably being the best player of this generation) and Wilson being the best pitcher on the market. Pujols had been a mainstay in the St. Louis Cardinals organization for 11 years prior to the signing and the Angels reportedly came into the negotiations at the last minute to sign the prized free agent. All media speculation prior to Dec 8 surrounding Pujols was centered around the Cardinals and Miami Marlins, while not as much as the Marlins, the Angels reported offer of $254 million over 10 years was much more than the reported offer by the Cardinals and had a full no-trade clause. As for C. J. Wilson, analysts predicted that the Angels would go after him, and while the Marlins offered him more money and a longer contract term, the Orange County native opted to return home and play for the Angels for a reported $77.5 million over 5 years. The two prize signings were introduced to the Southern California media and fans on December 10 in front of the two large hats at Angel Stadium. Because the press conference was outdoors and in front of the stadium, fans were encouraged to attend and anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 fans attended to get a glimpse of the two new Angels. Also, within just a few days of the signings, the Angels reportedly sold over 1,000 new season ticket packages, 500 online subscriptions, and a large spike in merchandise sales at the Angels team store in Anaheim.
One of the first moves made by new general manager Jerry Dipoto was to acquire former Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta for pitcher Tyler Chatwood and sending former Angels catcher Jeff Mathis to Toronto in order to make room at the catching position for Iannetta. On December 7, the Angels signed veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins a fact that was somewhat overshadowed by the Pujols and Wilson signings just a day later. Later, on December 12, the Angels announced that all eligible players will be tendered a contract, including Kendrys Morales, the slugger who has not played since his breaking his leg early in the 2010 season. The Angels also re-signed pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year deal. The Angels gave 2B Howie Kendrick a 4-year $33 million deal They also released OF Chris Pettit and signed Francisco Rodriguez (Angels) to a $2 million deal.
The Cactus League slate of games for the Angels began on Monday 1, March on the road against Oakland, a 9-1 Angels victory. Their first home game at Tempe Diablo Stadium was a 6-2 win on Tuesday, March 6 against the Chicago White Sox.
The Angels came into the Spring with high expectations for the following 2012 campaign due to the large amount of money spent by owner Arte Moreno in the offseason signing slugger Albert Pujols and lefty C. J. Wilson. Both prized acquisitions played in the Angels first spring game against the Athletics and the two did not disappoint: Pujols went 2 for three with 1 run scored and 1 run batted in while Wilson threw 2 complete innings with no runs and giving up only one hit. Because of the high expectations for the Angels in 2012, the Angels are expecting larger than usual crowds in Tempe this spring. One of the biggest questions surrounding the Angels franchise going into the Spring training was whether or not Kendrys Morales would make a comeback from breaking his ankle in 2010. Morales played in his first baseball game in nearly two years on March 16, 2012 in a minor league game and played in his first major league game of any kind on March 22. In that game, Morales went two for three with a run scored and was described by Angels personnel and Morales as a large step forward for the slugger. On March 23, in a split squad game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Morales again went two for three with a run scored in only his second game of the spring, but this time with his first home run since the 2010 regular season. According to the Angels radio broadcaster Terry Smith, the Angels have already sold out six home games at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The first sell-out crowd of the spring was for an Angels loss to the San Diego Padres on March 9. The Angels finished their spring training slate of games on April 4, 2012 with a record of 19-12-2, good for 3rd place in the Cactus League in terms of win percentage and 2nd in terms of number of wins (19). The average attendance at Tempe Diablo Stadium was 8,675 (total of 130,126) which was an average of 90.76% capacity. The Angels also sold out 9 of their 15 home Cactus League games.
The season for the Angels begins on Friday, April 6 at home against Kansas City. Their first road game will be on Monday, April 9 at Minnesota. Their longest homestand will be from July 20-29 (10 home games), and their longest road trip will be May 18-27 and July 30 - August 8 (10 road games). Their final game of the regular season will be on Wednesday, October 3 on the road against Seattle.
|Final games legend|
|Angels Win||Angels Loss||All-Star Game||Game Postponed|
|Future Games Legend|
|Home Game||Away Game|
|1st (AL West)||Not in Playoff Position||In Playoff Position||Tied for Playoff Position|
|American League West||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||89||73||0.549||5||46-35||43-38|
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||3|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||89||73||0.549||4|
|Chicago White Sox||85||77||0.525||8|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||20|
|Kansas City Royals||72||90||0.444||21|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||24|
|AAA||Salt Lake Bees||Pacific Coast League||Keith Johnson|
|AA||Arkansas Travelers||Texas League||Mike Micucci|
|A||Inland Empire 66ers||California League||Bill Haselman|
|A||Cedar Rapids Kernels||Midwest League||Jamie Burke|
|Rookie||AZL Angels||Arizona League||Brent Del Chiaro|
|Rookie||Orem Owlz||Pioneer League||Tom Kotchman|