The Angels are fortunate enough to run out one of the greatest hitters of this generation in Mike Trout, and one of the most fascinating players in baseball history in Shohei Ohtani. That makes them quite popular among bettors and fans alike.
Los Angeles Angels Franchise History
The Los Angeles Angels joined the American League in 1961, but they failed to reach the playoffs until 1979, as the California Angels. From 1979-1986, the Angels made three ALCS appearances, but the team failed to reach the World Series each time.
Then, after years of inconsistency, the now-Anaheim Angels won 99 games during the 2002 regular season and claimed its first ever World Series title. Mike Scioscia managed a well-balanced team led by Troy Glaus, Garrett Anderson, and Darin Erstad.
Unsatisfied with one World Series victory, the Angels went out and signed star outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero made an immediate impact, winning the MVP award and leading the team to a division title in his first season.
Unfortunately, the Angels never broke through to the World Series with Vlad. In 2009, the Angels – now the Los Angeles of Anaheim – drafted Mike Trout with the 25th overall pick.
Since his call-up to the big leagues, Trout has stacked one accomplishment on top of another and has established himself as one of the greatest players of his generation.
Despite Trout’s greatness, the Angels failed to make deep playoff runs. In 2018, the Angels signed Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani famously pitches and hits for the Angels and is elite at each. In 2021, he hit 46 homers and pitched 130 innings with a 3.52 ERA.
Things are heating up in the Golden State in 2022. With such a massive residential population, and a similar tourist population each year, California would undoubtedly serve as one of the nation’s hottest legal markets.
US sportsbooks are attempting to let California voters decide on sports betting via their ballots in 2022. Seven sportsbooks have pledged a combined $100 million for the online sports betting initiative, and they’ve received mixed feedback.
Generally, there is more support than opposition for legal online sports betting in the Golden State among voters. The sportsbooks’ biggest opposition is the tribal casinos vying for their own control of the legal betting market.
While the details are not yet ironed out, it appears Californians will have a say in legalizing some form of sports betting at some point in 2022.