Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales resigns after quotes about poor fans anger owner Arte Moreno


Two weeks ago Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales Robert Alvarado made headlines for his quotes about how the team caters to wealthier fans while often neglecting what he called “people on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder.”

And now Alvarado has resigned from his job with the Angels.

Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that Alvarado “made a personal decision to resign from the organization” and “we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

However, according to Shaikin the quotes upset Angels owner Arte Moreno, who showed recently the lengths he’s willing to go to get rid of someone in the case of Josh Hamilton. And so after 15 years with the organization Alvarado “made a personal decision to resign.”

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.