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They love LA too. Anaheim Angels owner Arte Moreno has been in discussions with Major League Baseball to change the team's name to the Los Angeles Angels.

Moreno has already done everything he can to LAize the team by removing the word "Anaheim" from team uniforms, schedules, tickets, and its web site. The Angels are also marketing heavily in the Los Angeles-area with billboards all over the city. And now a giant "Los Angeles Times" sign stands above scoreboard. (Could partially explain the Times' blatant pro-Angel, anti-Dodger bias this year?)

Such a change would not be unpredecented. The team was initially enfranchised as the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, named after the old Pacific Coast League team. They were known as the California Angels from 1966-1997. The Los Angeles Rams kept its LA moniker even while playing in Anaheim Stadium for 14 years.