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Angels owner says Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto are safe

Sep 22, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier this week that Angels owner Arte Moreno had been “expressing unhappiness behind the scenes” with the performance of both longtime skipper Mike Scioscia and first-year general manger Jerry Dipoto.

But that unhappiness isn’t going to lead to much.

Moreno spoke directly with MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez on Saturday afternoon and put to rest the growing speculation that he was considering making significant changes in the front office and dugout.

“Regardless of what happens the next 11 games, Mike Scioscia will 100 percent return,” Moreno said in a phone interview with MLB.com. “I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back. He’s been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period.

Jerry Dipoto will be back. I think we’re learning a lot about ourselves, but [Dipoto] will be back.”

Scioscia signed a 10-year contract in 2009. Dipoto was hired this past offseason to replace Tony Reagins.

The Angels entered play Saturday evening with an 82-69 record, ranking third in the American League West and three games behind the Athletics in the hunt for the American League’s second Wild Card.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Another reason Mike Trout is the MVP: he saved Scioscia his job.

  2. randygnyc - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Arte figures he’s got a centerfielder worth 25 million a year and a first baseman worth league minimum so no biggie.

    • dondada10 - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Pujols is worth league minimum?

      Ladies and gentlemen, I present exhibit 3,404,564 that Yankee fans do not know shit about baseball.

      • jtmmack - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        Agreed I think that most Yankee fan is alot like Raider fan who just wear the gear because they think it makes them look cool.

  3. cosanostra71 - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    glad we’re keeping DiPoto but Scioscia HAS to go..

  4. jtmmack - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I’am a Scioscia fan not an angel fan but maybe it is time for Artie to make a change. There is a certain former manager that works for espn that is very qualified. You only fire a manager if you have some one better to replace him with and there is.

  5. onbucky96 - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Soundd like Artty is displeased. He should throw more money @Alberta. By the way, as pissed as you may be, remember that Trout was could have been a Yankee. Think how unbearable the NY media would be concerning the second coming of Christ…err, I mean DiMaggio/Mantle. Yes, it would dwarf the Harper Hype. So Angels, why be upset?

  6. bloodysock - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Reading that headline makes me think Ryan Seacrest delivered the news to Scioscia and DiPoto – “You’re both safe. Take a seat.”

    Bobby V is in the bottom two.

  7. paperlions - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I’m not sure why Dipoto’s job should even be discussed. They got about what most would have expected from Pujols and Wilson. The problem most of the year has been that the pitching they already had let them down. Haren, Santana, and Williams have been awful…the Angels already had those guys and expected above league average performance from 2 of them. Not exactly the GMs fault when guys already in the organization don’t live up to expectations and/or the usual standards.

  8. randomdigits - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Thanks for turning down the O’s job Jerry.

  9. mazblast - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Scioscia has a very good reputation. DiPoto has always been regarded well. Lock them in a room and tell them they’ll be let out when they work things out.

    Ne need for heavy dramatics here.

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