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Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will be back

Oct 9, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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As expected, The Los Angeles Angels announced yesterday that Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto will be back next year. Not everyone will be, however: the team has relieved bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard of their duties.

On the one hand: kind of surprising given what we’ve heard about tension between Scioscia and Dipoto and given how poor the results have been. On the other hand (a) owner Arte Moreno loves Scioscia; and (b) Moreno, by all accounts, spearheaded the moves to sign Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, so perhaps he realizes that Dipoto is not a reasonable fall guy for the lack of success.

But there are two fall guys here in Picciolo and Eppard. Unless Kevin Towers has some insight into their alleged shortcomings like he did on Charles Nagy, we’ll likely never know why they fell. As is customary with coach dismissals.

  1. jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    DiPoto made an awful miscalculation in signing Blanton (especially for two years), but I think his trade of Segura is blown out of proportion. Greinke played great baseball with the Angels and there were legitimate concerns about Segura’s ability to stay on the field.

    The most important lesson that Moreno needs to learn is to let his GM do his job. DiPoto isn’t a prophet, but he sure is better than TONY REAGINS, and if Moreno had just held off of signing Pujols and Hamilton, the Angels would not have forfeited draft picks for two aging stars of questionable value at best that also hamper their ability to stay under the luxury tax while extending Trout.

    • wjr37375 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Miscalculation huh. Wait til Trout bolts for the Yankees because this organization is a joke. Get your rally monkey ready because they will be behind often next year…again.

  2. Florio_Jr. - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    If Scioscia did get fired, I wonder how many teams (I hope my Cardinals would) sever ties w/their current manager and go for Mike.

    • jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I think Scioscia gets a bad rap because he’s a bit old school, but I also think he’s working on it. This team’s inability to get into the postseason and the general hot seat, I think, has made Scioscia more flexible in how he manages games.

      • paperlions - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Success should not make one resistant to change. Scioscia does not appear to be open minded or open to new ideas, at all…..that is a horrible quality in a manager…a manager should want to use every bit of information he can in order to put his players in the best position to be successful….I see no evidence of such a quality in Scioscia. He’s not a horrible manager, but he’s just a guy (meaning that there are dozens to hundreds of other “baseball men” who can do what he does with no noticeable difference in result.

  3. markofapro - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    This team will remain irrelevant unless acquire pitching. GOOD pitching.

    • jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      They need to go all in on Masahiro Tanaka and see what they can get via Howard Kendrick/Mark Trumbo or perhaps Peter Bourjos if the pitcher is good enough.

      If they can get both things done they could turn around in a hurry.

  4. dhalb34 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I think the Segura trade was terrible for the Angels. Segura has played great for the Brewers, and is their SS for the next ten years, health and contract aside. But what did you really get out of the Grienke trade? Did they make the World Series? Did they make the playoffs? Did they win the division with him there? And then they didn’t resign him. So you bankrolled the farm for basically nothing. So yes, it’s a bad trade.

    • jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Segura had been injured off and on before, so it wasn’t without risk for Milwaukee, but the Angels had to give up something of value. The Angels needed to make a run for the postseason and a top duo of Weaver and Greinke is pretty potent.

      Segura was also blocked by Aybar, who had just been extended and is generally healthy.

      The deal worked out better for Milwaukee, but that’s hindsight. The Angels came close to making the playoffs and finished 4 games out. Segura would not have saved them this year, but Greinke kept them in the playoff race last season.

  5. losangelesfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Scioscia and DiPoto are NOT the problem. It is Arte and the REAL GM – John Crapino – they are the problem. Arte won’t fire himself and as much money as Crapino has made Arte he wont get fired, either

  6. wjr37375 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Very happy about this, love seeing the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim California of the United States of America of North America of Earth prolonging the inevitable. Cheers to sucking again next year! Go Dodgers!

    • pauleee - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      “Anaheim Angels of Anaheim California of the United States of America of North America of Earth”

      Did you make that up all by yourself or did you need help?

      • wjr37375 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        I needed help , got me. You have completely embarrassed me in blog form. Well done ! Will that make your day better ? Hope I helped. I was hoping I could reach out and help some suffering soul and it makes me feel better that I did. Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

  7. djjackson81 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Breaking news Arizona and The Angels are ready to talk trade. Arizona is looking to add a power bat likely a lefty but I’m reading Trumbo may be there target. No way with the Angles pitching or lack of and Trout extension coming Angles can keep Trumbo it’s that simple. Arizona has the pitching dept. in there system namely Tyler Skaggs and Delgado. To make a match for trade. If the Angles were attempting to get Kennedy Skaggs is there guy cheaper better upside.

    • jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Skaggs used to be in the Angels’ org even before JERRY DIPOTO snagged him in return for Dan Haren.

      It’s worth noting that Jerry DiPoto really doesn’t like Dan Haren.

      • km9000 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Well, I don’t think it was really his choice to deal Haren the first time around. And you couldn’t blame him too much for letting him go last year.

  8. openseason51 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    GM needs to get his act together. The Manager is given the players that the GM chooses. Poor to average players added with a few injuries and you will be in the cellar a lot. Look at the AAA Padres.

  9. jkaflagg - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Now it all makes sense….Eppard & Picciolo were the problem…..

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