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Re: Now Rendon Is With The Angels
« Reply #150: December 17, 2019, 07:42:10 AM »
Since I'm bored, here are the Angels' attendance figures for the last 20 seasons.

2000 -- 2,066,982 -- 19th
2001 -- 2,000,919 -- 20th
2002 -- 2,305,547 -- 16th -- Won WS
2003 -- 3,061,094 -- 5th
2004 -- 3,375,677 -- 3rd -- Lost ALDS
2005 -- 3,404,686 -- 4th -- Lost ALCS
2006 -- 3,406,790 -- 4th
2007 -- 3,365,632 -- 5th -- Lost ALDS
2008 -- 3,336,747 -- 6th -- Lost ALDS
2009 -- 3,240,386 -- 5th -- Lost ALCS
2010 -- 3,250,814 -- 5th
2011 -- 3,166,321 -- 5th
2012 -- 3,061,770 -- 7th
2013 -- 3,019,505 -- 7th
2014 -- 3,095,935 -- 5th -- Lost ALDS
2015 -- 3,012,765 -- 5th
2016 -- 3,016,142 -- 7th
2017 -- 3,019,585 -- 7th
2018 -- 3,020,216 -- 6th
2019 -- 3,019,012 -- 5th

2002 was the first time the Angels had been in the post-season since 1986, and they went from wildcard to WS champs.  They got a big spike in attendance as a result, and held on to it for a while, even as their postseasons were shorter than hoped. Attendance slipped in the 2010s. despite Pujols and Trout, but I think it's slipped over the entire league and not just for an under-performing Angels team. As noted, they've still held above the three million line, though it's close.

The TV contract, by the way, was bigger than I thought: https://losangeles.sbnation.com/los-angeles-angels/2011/12/8/2622757/los-angeles-angels-tv-deal-3-billion-20-years-albert-pujols-c-j-wilson-arte-moreno

It amounts to $3 billion over 20 years, which more than paid for Pujols' contract. I recall reading that the contract itself was contingent on the team showing a commitment to giving FSW viewers something to watch, so signing Pujols wasn't just a coincidence.

Can anyone think of other contracts that might not have made sense in baseball terms, but may have made sense in business terms? Some of the contracts to older fan favorites might qualify, like McCann with the Braves and Abreu with the White Sox. I suppose that might have been a factor with Chris Davis, but the Orioles did not anticipate how dramatically his performance would fall off.
Impressive attendance for a team not in the playoffs.

They have an impressive lineup. Need pitching. Think Ryu will sign there. But they need more.