Angels, Rangers join the big boys

AL West's top two teams among MLB's superpowers, and TV money is the reason

Originally Published: March 29, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Two and a half years ago, in the fall of 2009, Arte Moreno believed the Los Angeles Angels had arrived. After major disappointments in 2004, 2007 and 2008, his team had finally beaten the Boston Red Sox in a playoff series, sweeping the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The Angels then lost in six games to the eventual champion Yankees in the American League Championship Series, but Moreno did not feel intimidated by New York. The Angels had beaten the Yankees in the 2005 ALDS, and ...

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