It's Angel Stadium after Edison pulls plug on deal

Posted: December 30, 2003

Just call it Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Anaheim Angels renamed their stadium yesterday, based on the decision by Edison International to drop out of its naming-rights agreement.

Since 1998, the Angels' home was known as Edison International Field of Anaheim - or Edison Field.

"The decision is both part of a continuing effort to expand our brand, as well as return to baseball tradition," club president Dennis Kuhl said in a statement. "The future possibility of a new partnership with a title sponsor remains an option."

The ballpark was called Anaheim Stadium when ground was broken in 1964. Its 230-foot-tall A-frame scoreboard led to the nickname "The Big A."

The Big A was preserved and moved to the edge of the parking lot when the stadium was redesigned in 1979 to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams.

Renovations to convert the field back to a baseball-only field began in 1996, and the Edison name was attached before the April 1, 1998, home opener.

In other baseball news:

* Righthander Cory Lidle agreed to a 1-year, $2.75 million contract with Cincinnati. He went 12-15 with a 5.75 ERA for Toronto last season.

* Texas signed free-agent outfielder David Dellucci to a 1-year, $750,000 contract. Dellucci, who played for Rangers manager Buck Showalter in Arizona from 1998 to 2000, will likely get a chance to be the starting leftfielder. He played for Arizona and the Yankees last season.

* Free-agent catcher Brook For-dyce agreed to a 1-year contract with Tampa Bay, pending a medical exam. He batted .273 with 31 RBI for Baltimore last season.

Philly File

* The Kixx' Stuart Dobson was named MISL goalkeeper of the week and Pat Morris defensive player of the week.

Soccer

* North Carolina defender Catherine Reddick won the Honda Award as the NCAA's outstanding female athlete in soccer. Penn State's Joanna Lohman was among the four finalists.

* Italian League star Roberto Baggio, 36, said he plans to retire at the end of this season. *

Sport Stops

* Formula One champion Mi-chael Schumacher was voted "champion of champions" by the French sports newspaper L'Equipe for the third year in a row. Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was second, with Russian swimmer Alexander Popov third.

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