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Mike Scioscia, Jerry Dipoto expected to stay in Anaheim

Oct 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

There has been speculation about the job security for Angels manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto. Looks like they’re safe:


The Angels played much better in the second half than the first. And Mike Scioscia is under contract for several years. And, by most accounts, it wasn’t Jerry Dipoto’s call to sign Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. As such, it’s probably fair to keep them around a little while longer.

  1. jhorton83 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    In other words, Angles fans can look forward to another year of underachieving and disappointment.

    • moogro - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Not if they drop Los Angeles from their silly marketing name. Curse will be over.

      • km9000 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        So they only won a WS because they changed from “California” to “Anaheim” in the first place?

      • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Curse? Good grief. The real curse is the ten year extension Arte gave Scioscia.

  2. losanginsight - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Cano will help this team out. 300 mill for 12 years sounds about right.

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Is that you Arte?

  3. jkaflagg - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Only thing more shocking than the Angels disappointing season is that nobody will need to take responsibility for it…..the idea that the “improved” second half showing meant anything should have been dismissed after the disgraceful surrender to the Rangers on the final weekend…..if any team needs a kick in the butt and some fresh thinking, this is the one….instead, looks like another season of declining & overpaid “stars” mixed in with waiver wire stopgaps surrounding Mike Trout.

    • 1981titan - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      It would hard for Arte Moreno to fire himself.

      • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Not really. He can fire himself from deciding on free agents he wants to sign. That’s been the biggest problem. Instead he can spend all of his time locking up Mike Trout.

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      And the only reason the Angels played better at the end was more of the guys from the minors were playing and having fun. The veterans mostly look like it’s just a job now. No fun at all. That’s what playing for Mike Scioscia has become.

  4. andreweac - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    No curse, please.

    Has Arte learned his lesson that he needs to stop micromanaging baseball decisions? He did’t after 2010 (Wells), 2011 (Pujols), 2012 (Hamilton).

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      I guess Arte learned micromanaging from one of the best, Scioscia. That’s what he does during the games.

  5. kleinm433 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    So disappointing. They did not play “so much better” in the second half. They were two games under .500 at the All-Star Break and ended the season six games under. Even if he isn’t completely responsible for Pujols and Hamilton, Dipoto has to pay for Blanton, Hanson, and co. Scioscia hasn’t been effective at the helm for years. Terrible mismanagement on his part. At least fire Butcher! Throw me a bone for goodness sake.

    • km9000 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      The pitching was better at the end so, unfortunately, Butcher’s job is probably safe. This is the guy who, during the lowest points of the season, said “I’m not worried about my job” and “I sleep like a baby at night.” Maybe next year he’ll learn to at least pretend to give a damn.

  6. knowlegeforyou - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    just think they could have segura, Hamilton, Trout, pujols, trumbo, kendrick, aybar, and callaspo. problem is without pitching this team can’t win

  7. flamethrower101 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    While I feel as though this decision will backfire, I’m glad it’s going this way. For me, had Moreno decided to can either of them it would’ve looked as though he is refusing to accept responsibility for his failure. It’s been made pretty clear that the Pujols, Wilson, and Hamilton signings weren’t on DiPoto, or at least weren’t orchestrated by him.

    I think one (maybe both) will be gone soon enough but right now I’m glad Moreno is deciding to keep them. If for nothing else, at least he saves face for a little bit longer.

  8. lazlosother - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Weird team. This is a team that could explode with one good signing and improved health from a player or two. If Hamilton has a decent year, and Pujols shows up healthy the dynamics could change. Would be interesting to read the narrative then.

  9. rusoviet - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    In fairness the signing of Pujols and Hamilton are Moreno’s all Moreno – the question is can Dipoto:

    1. sign some decent arms as well as move some of the proven but low salaried players in return – Kendrick, Trumbo etc.
    2. is there still enough time by this time next year to get into post-season?
    3. if not then watch Mike Trout move on as he wants to play in post-season.

    One thing is missing in this short blurb – Moreno has to be looking (again) at Maddon and Friedman down in Tampa Bay

    BTW seen the article today per the TX Rangers front office ‘coming to blows’ between Jon Daniels and the most insufferable a$$ in all of sports mgmt.? Nollie the talking mule Ryan

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      It’s hard to sign decent arms when your boss spends your whole payroll on an overrated hitter. Even now it will be hard for Dipoto to fix the pitching much. Try to find some decent pitchers, not great pitchers. The Angels can’t afford great pitching yet.

  10. bigrighty - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Gimme a break! I don’t know many companies where the top guys in charge can repeatedly mismanage…in this case the pitching staff…and still keep their job….year after year after year. This guy Butcher is a joke. What has he done? How do you screw up Fernando Rodney. 2 horrible years in Anaheim followed by an historical season in Tampa and another good year this year…for a mere 2.5m per year in Tampa. Credit Maddon for knowing how to use the guy. Another former Angel performing well in Tampa…Peralta. Year in and year out he performs well in the role Maddon has carved out for him. And how about Scott Kazmir. I can’t say I know all the facts but it is mysterious that he was a total flop in Anaheim and now with Cleveland he he rejuvenated his career. Come on Mike & Mike….why couldn’t you guys get something out of him. And how about Santana. Can’t let a guy like that go especially with Blanton and Hanson as replacements. Wow! Who made that choice? And two other guys they let go in trades…Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs. Both look to be excellent starters in the making….for someone else. And even Tyler Chatwood…good year in Colorado. And one last guy….Zack Greinke…one of the top starters in baseball. Nothing to show for him. Poor management and poor decision making repeatedly putting the staff in distress. At a minimum Butcher has to go but Scioscia needs to go too. I could go on. Many other examples from the offensive side but I’ll leave it at that.

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      The Angels definitely need a whole new coaching staff, from the manager down.

  11. losangelesfan - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Moreno is no better than Gene Autry. Old players and no pitching. Not much has changed.

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