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Friday, September 20, 2019

Angels reportedly in talks with Long Beach about possible move

The Los Angeles Angels extended their lease with Anaheim earlier this year to remain in their current ballpark through at least the 2020 season, but they are reportedly discussing the possibility of building a new ballpark and finding a different home after that.

Jason Ruiz of the Long Beach Post reports that the Angels have been in talks about moving the team to Long Beach. A 13-acre site that used to host the Ringling Bros. Circus is being looked at as a possible site for a stadium.

“We are in the early stages of our due diligence and are exploring a variety of options for this property,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia confirmed in a statement. “We have approached the Angels to express our interest and discuss the possibilities of this opportunity.”

Angels president John Carpino said the team “must explore all long-term options” for its future.

It seems highly unlikely that the Angels will actually move, so they are probably using their negotiations with Long Beach as leverage to get what they want in Anaheim. There have been a lot of changes with the team in recent years, but a relocation is unlikely to be one of them.

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