Tuesday February 4 was the twelfth anniversary of the Angels signing Erick Aybar as an amateur free agent in the Dominican Republic. he is the longest serving current Angel.
Arte Moreno bought the Angels in May of 2003. Only three current Halos were signed by the Disney Corporation's ownership.
General Manager Bill Stoneman retired after the 2007 season. Few of today's Angels were signed by him.
Here is the list of players who signed under different ownership:
- Erick Aybar - signed Feb. 4, 2002
- Kevin Jepsen - signed June 4, 2002
- Howie Kendrick - signed June 19, 2002
That is it. The final flickering flame of the Disney ownership. And for the players who signed under the direction of former General Manager Bill Stoneman after the Moreno purchase, here is that list...
- Jered Weaver - signed May 31, 2005
- Luis Jimenez - signed August 22, 2005
- Hank Conger - signed June 16, 2006
- Ryan Brasier - signed June 10, 2007
So there are
six seven players on the current Angels 40-man roster who have only been with this team and whose stay with the club harkens back to yesteryear.