Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno surrenders after two decades of futility | Opinion

Arte Moreno dropped the price of beer on his first day on the job in 2003 as the new owner, drawing the adoration of Los Angeles Angels fans. 

You want to be the owner who trades Shohei Ohtani because he doesn’t want to keep playing for a loser?

How about when Mike Trout requests a trade to experience what winning feels like?

Moreno is already detested enough in Southern California, so why be a punching bag through even tougher times ahead?

Moreno, after owning the Angels for 20 seasons, announced Tuesday that he’s considering putting the franchise up for sale.

Close friends of Moreno say they knew for months that Moreno planned to sell the franchise, but Moreno wanted his intentions to be kept private until he retained a financial advisor, 

Galatioto Sports Partners, to begin soliciting offers. Simply, it was no longer fun for Moreno. Really, it was misery. 

The Angels haven’t had a winning season since 2015. They haven’t been to the postseason since 2014. They haven’t won a postseason game since 2009. And they haven’t won a World Series since 2002, right before Moreno purchased the team for $183.5 million.