Hours after a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team source called the relationship between the general manager and the manager “irreparable,” GM Jerry Dipoto forced an “it’s me or him” decision from the team’s owner.
The owner stood by his man—in the dugout rather than the front office.
One source hears Jerry DiPoto went to Arte Moreno with an ultimatum, and it backfired. Details not confirmed. #angels
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 1, 2015
The team’s poor production offensively and the recalcitrance of coaches to implement the scouting and rely on the data provided by the front office reportedly catalyzed the recent rift. The coach and GM clashed during spring training over Josh Hamilton’s return to play after relapse revelations. Hamilton, like the man who traded him, ultimately departed Anaheim.
Mike Scioscia serves as the longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball. Leading the team to its only World Series title and owning the most wins in franchise history, Scioscia enjoys more clout with owner Arte Moreno than a normal manager might. Dipoto, a former big-league player like Scioscia, has served as the GM of the Angels for almost four years.
At 41-37, the Angels remain in the hunt for a wildcard slot and for the AL West title. The team remains four games behind the Houston Astros in the West and a half-game behind the Blue Jays and Twins in the wildcard standings.