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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: September 6, 5:36 PM ET
No. 15: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

By Ian Gordon
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 4
Title track: 21
Ownership: 38
Coaching: 35
Players: 45
Fan relations: 18
Affordability: 23
Stadium experience: 42
Bang for the buck: 14

After signing three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols to a monster 10-year, $240 million contract in December, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were due for a price hike, and the resulting 15 percent ticket jump was the second highest in baseball. No wonder, then, that the Halos dropped from 2011's most affordable franchise to 23rd in 2012. But who would've thought that despite the additions of Pujols and All-Star C.J. Wilson and the MVP-caliber play of rookie Mike Trout, the Angels would've seen their players' ranking tumble 17 spots? Or that skipper Mike Scioscia, a longtime fan favorite, would watch his popularity start to fade (eighth to 35th) after the club missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year? Ten years after the Angels won their only World Series, they're still big on the occasional gimmick -- 2012 marked the third year in a row fans set a Guinness World Record, this time for the largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats. But sometimes the promos are kind of, well, awkward: On Peter Bourjos Bobblehead Night, the speedy but struggling outfielder didn't even start, instead handing out the dolls to fans as they entered Angel Stadium. We're guessing most folks didn't mind, not with Trout's power and speed combo, which has inspired Chuck Norris-like tweets from @MikeTroutFacts: "Morgan Freeman wants his life to be narrated by Mike Trout."