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Moreno supportive of staff over 10 years as owner


ANAHEIM -- It has been 10 years to the day since Arte Moreno was officially introduced as the owner of the Angels -- which he purchased for $180 million.

Since Moreno took over ownership, he has changed the team name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and has seen his team compile a 916-748 record.

"All through, he's been very supportive, and he wants to give us the team on the field that can bring championships," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think as far as ownership goes, you couldn't really ask for any more over this last decade than someone who puts his money where his mouth is."

The Angels have not made the playoffs in the past three seasons, but have won five American League West Division titles -- 2004, '05, '07, '08 and '09 -- since Moreno took over.

"I think Arte definitely has a vision for this organization," Scioscia said. "He has a vision for what we can achieve. At times, we have gotten close, and at times, we haven't moved in the direction that we want to."

Although most franchises have their share of struggles at points in a 10-year period, Scioscia appreciates the support Moreno has given through his time as the owner.

Moreno has supported Scioscia not only with on-field talent, but has also publicly given him votes of confidence in regards to job security.

"Ownership has been incredibly supportive, both in letting us do what we need to do at our level and in giving us the talent to go do it," Scioscia said. "Our expectations are very high, but he's given us tools to meet those expectations and that's what we need to do."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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