The Angels last made the playoffs in 2014, when they were eliminated in the AL Divisional Series. In their 59 seasons, they've made the playoffs ten times. When was the last time the Angels didn't make the postseason? The last time the Los Angeles Angels missed the playoffs was in 2020. They had a record of 89-73 that year and were ranked third in the American League West before being eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in five games of the ALDS.
In fact, the Angels have not had a losing season since 1992 when they finished with a 67-95 record. That's one winning season out of every two years! Since then, they've been to the World Series twice (2009 and 2013) and won it all in 2009.
You might be surprised to know that the Angels have never had a losing division record. From 1969-2017, they've finished first at least half of the season some 15 times and second at least half of the season four times. Their overall division record is 70-82.
The Angels have only had three seasons where they've had a winning record overall but have also had a winning record in the National League: 1972, 1975-76, and 1997. All three seasons ended in playoff appearances.
Los Angeles has always been a desirable place to play baseball. The Angels have sold out every game they've played at Angel Stadium since its opening in 1994.
Despite boasting one of the greatest, if not the best, players in the game, the Los Angeles Angels haven't entered the playoffs since 2014. Los Angeles' impatience grew, and the organization put together a solid roster throughout the summer, but things haven't gone as planned. The Angels finished with a record of 86-76, good for third place in the American League West.
They got there by beating out the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers - two teams that were expected to be very strong this year. The Angels played excellent baseball down the stretch, going 20-8 after August 1st. However, they lost their first game as a visitor when Chris Iannetta failed to hit against Houston's Joe Smith. Since then they have won six in a row and are looking forward to playing in the post-season for the first time since 2014.
The Angels will play in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday, October 30th at 10:07 PM ET on TBS. They will face off against either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees depending on which team wins the AL East.
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The Angels concluded the regular season with a record of 99-63, four games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West standings, but qualified for the franchise's first-ever wild card playoff slot, allowing them to return to the postseason for the first time since 1986. They lost to the New York Yankees in five games in the AL Division Series.
The 1999 Angels finished with a record of 103-59, winning their second straight Pacific Division title and their third in four years. They went on to defeat the Chicago White Sox in seven games in the AL Championship Series before losing to the New York Yankees in six games in the World Series.
Angels owner Arte Moreno purchased the team in December 1995 from John Keston for $60 million. The team had been owned by Jack Magrane and his family since 1958. Prior to 1995, the Angels had never made it past the first round of the playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play in Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The stadium is located in Anaheim, California, and is the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). The stadium opened its doors on April 13, 1994. It replaced Dodger Stadium as the Angels' home venue. The original plan was for the new ballpark to open in March 1992, but construction delays pushed back the opening date to April 14, 1994.
Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers went 72-90. It was the club's first 90-game losing streak in 20 years. The Angels' victory total in 2020 is projected at 84.5 games with Rendon and new manager Joe Maddon. The team finished last in its division three seasons in a row for the first time since 1970-73.
The Angels had won 95 or more games each of the previous five seasons, making them one of the most successful teams in baseball history. They won the World Series in Anaheim in 1992 and 1998 and lost to Atlanta Braves in 2009.
After their third consecutive losing season, ownership fired general manager Billy Eppler and president of baseball operations Chris Gwynn. They were replaced by Alex Anthopoulos and Matt Klentak on April 17, 2019.
Anthopoulos built a strong farm system that has produced several major league players. The Angels are expected to be competitive again in 2020 after signing free agent slugger Cody Bellinger to play first base. He hit 51 homers in 2018 while earning his second straight Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the country.
In addition to Bellinger, the Angels have another powerful lineup featuring Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Daniel Murphy, and Albert Pujols. Trout is one of the best hitters in baseball and has been named MVP twice.