Provo Angels

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The Provo Angels of Provo, Utah, played four seasons in the Pioneer League. For that short time, they served as a Rookie-Advanced level affiliate of the Anaheim Angels. The team was founded after the 2000 season, when the first version of the Helena Brewers moved to the Beehive State, affiliated with the Angels, and established a COTOB identity.

front.jpgProvo had a conservative identity, but they made up for their lack of brand uniqueness by embracing a simple and respectable aesthetic. They had an eye-pleasing color scheme, with two tones of blue (light and dark) and some red thrown in as an accent color. Their primary logo had Utahan mountains behind the wordmark, with a rising baseball taking the place of the sun. Team caps typically had a navy crown and sky blue bill, with a simple capital letter P superimposed on a mountain peak.

The affiliation with Anaheim was fruitful, and despite playing only a few seasons at the Rookie level, provothere’s a nice tidy list of future big-leaguers who paid some dues in the Salt Lake suburbs. Some of the bigger names and future All-Stars are Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar, and Howie Kendrick.

Since the team didn’t last long, and there’s not much to say about them, I suppose it bears mentioning that the team was prominently featured in the book Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit by Matt McCarthy. I’ve never read the book, but it seems to be one of many books that are first-hand accounts of the wild and gritty life of ballplayers, and was successful enough to have been excerpted in Sports Illustrated. What makes this book unique is that there have been serious doubts cast about the accuracy of the book, and much controversy surrounding the way various players were depicted in the memoir.

The end of the Provo Angels came following the 2004 season, when they moved to nearby Orem, Utah. The franchise is still affiliated with the (now) Los Angeles Angels, but they are now called the Orem Owlz.

 

 

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