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So, Scioscia and Dipoto are staying together, presumably for the good of the kids. Their relationship is damaged and they aren't really in love anymore (if they ever were to begin with), but they are going to stick it out for the gre...
So, Scioscia and Dipoto are staying together, presumably for the good of the kids. Their relationship is damaged and they aren't really in love anymore (if they ever were to begin with), but they are going to stick it out for the greater good. They are going to try one last time work through their differences to try and get back to a place where everyone can be happy. As with many fractured relationships, there isn't just one big issue driving a wedge between the two men, but rather a few key areas where they must work together to start patching things up. The pressure The only reason I had thought that the Angels should've considered firing Scioscia was the way this team dealt with the pressure of high expectations. On multiple occasions, Angel players, including Mike Trout, admitted that the team playing was too tight and feeling the pressure. There were also plenty of rumors of this causing unrest in the clubhouse. I fail to see how letting Scioscia, and to a lesser extent Dipoto, twist in the wind for weeks before deciding to keep them is going to alleviate that pressure. The way in which the retention of Scioscia and Dipoto was handled made it perfectly clear that they are both on thin ice. If the 2014 season starts going wrong, one or both could very well get fired. Scioscia and Dipoto know this and so do all of the guys in the clubhouse. It is up to Scioscia to find a way to help them deal with that pressure, but that is a tall order when they all know the pressure is actually on Scioscia. The problem is that it has been Scioscia's job to relieve that pressure the last two seasons and he has thus far failed to do so. Maybe in some weird way having Scioscia on the wobbly chair will somehow redirect the pressure on the players towards Scioscia and allow them to loosen up, but maybe it will only increase the pressure on the players as they once again try to do too much in an effort to spare their skipper from the chopping block. The bottom line is that this is a deep-rooted cultural issue right now and it is going to take a unified effort from Scioscia, Dipoto, Moreno and every player on the roster to change that culture. The philosophy gap Scioscia has been swearing up and down that there is no philosophical gap between Dipoto and himself. Methinks he dost protest too much. I mean, there has to be at least a little bit of a gap because I can't imagine that the sabermetric-loving Dipoto can possibly agree with Erick Aybar batting second in the order. Besides, Scioscia betrayed that line of placation with comments he made toward the end of the season in which he openly complained about being too reliant on "batter's box" offense. He wants a contact-heavy, speedy lineup but that isn't what Dipoto gave him the last two years. One of them is going to have to meet the other in the middle. Either Dipoto can trade a thumper like Trumbo and sign some "Scioscia-type" players to fill out the holes in the roster, or Scioscia is going to have to adapt to playing a more patient style of ball. It is basic evolution. You must adapt or you will die. These two have failed to adapt to each other and, as a result, the franchise has been dying a slow death. They still have a pulse, so getting on the same page with building the roster and using it properly could resuscitate the club. If Scioscia is telling the truth about that gap having been closed, he better prove it in 2014. The coaching staff An extension of the philosophy gap is the remaining decisions on the coaching staff. There is still an obvious disconnect between Scioscia and Dipoto here as Mike is still bemoaning the firing of Mickey Hatcher. Finding a new hitting coach, third base coach and possibly assistant hitting and pitching coaches has the potential to be a territorial pissing match. Scioscia can push to hire the coaches he wants, Dipoto can try and force coaches who are more in line with his way of thinki
about 2 hours ago
Pirates @ Cardinals for the chance to face the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Pirates @ Cardinals for the chance to face the Dodgers in the NLCS.
about 3 hours ago
Well, the Angels finally made it official...they're doing nothing. Okay, it's probably not nothing to Eppard and Picciolo, but the big picture stays the same. Here are your "No change is needed" edition of Halolinks: Arte decided he...
Well, the Angels finally made it official...they're doing nothing. Okay, it's probably not nothing to Eppard and Picciolo, but the big picture stays the same. Here are your "No change is needed" edition of Halolinks: Arte decided he needed to make a change, so he got rid of two guys who probably had nothing to do with this awful season: Los Angeles Angels retain Mike Scioscia, Jerry Dipoto; drop two others - ESPN Los Angeles. "Hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return in 2014, but Scioscia and Dipoto have been retained by owner Arte Moreno, who made no formal announcement of his decision. The Angels missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season at 78-84, producing their lowest win total since 2003 despite one of the majors' highest payrolls." This is somewhat odd: Angels retain manager Mike Scioscia, GM Jerry Dipoto - CBSSports.com. "In the release, it mentions that the announcement was made by manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, indicating the two power figures will remain in their respective posts heading into next season." I'm a little worried the club is going to go back to the days where Scioscia was (allegedly) very involved in player personnel decisions, and with the way this announcement was made, it looks like his role upstairs may have increased: Dipoto and Scioscia return with united front, to plenty of questions - CBSSports.com. "So the intramurals are finished for now and a couple of coaches got sacrificed. Business as usual there, coaches get taken out with the recyclables annually at this time of year. No, the extraordinary part is that not only is owner Arte Moreno bringing both his GM and manager back for 2014, and not only are the Angels clearly taking great pains to publicly display a united front … but I have never, ever seen a news release from a club in which the manager announces something." So what, does this mean the next meeting will take place at the Marriott Bridal Suite? I don't care if they get along, I want them to make smart decisions. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia will return in 2014 - angels.com. "Dipoto and Scioscia had several meetings shortly after the regular season wrapped up on Sept. 29. And during that time, sources said, the dialogue between the two was better than ever, with both able to come to a decision on the coaching staff and have candid conversations about what needs to be done. The walls had come down, even if it is only the offseason." Most fans were surprised pitching coach Mike Butcher escaped the axe considering it was the pitching performances that had the largest impact on missing the post season. However, there is now the need to find replacements for those departed: Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will return in 2014 - latimes.com. "Among the candidates for the third base job are double-A manager Tim Bogar, a former Boston third base coach, and roving infield instructor Omar Vizquel. Former Dodgers slugger Reggie Smith and former Angels first baseman Wally Joyner could be candidates for hitting coach." Yeah, interesting. But then Mike DiGiovanna adds this tidbit: "Former Angels closer Troy Percival and Charles Nagy, who was fired as Arizona's pitching coach Tuesday, could be candidates for pitching-related jobs." Pitching-related jobs? What jobs are those? Does the LA Times know more to this story? If I were a betting man, get ready for Wally World 2:Phils to replace Joyner; Manuel mulls future - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. "I think Wally is probably overqualified for that role and showed that with the work he did. Wally will have plenty of opportunities to be a No. 1 guy. Plus, I think he wanted to stay on the West Coast. He's a Salt Lake City guy. I think being away from his family was somewhat of a factor here. He's qualified to be a No. 1 guy and I think he wants to try that possibility." The Colorado Rockies could be an interesting possibility for Joyn
about 7 hours ago
The October 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels keep Scioscia and Dipoto, Picciolo and Eppard fired and much more... The Story: The Angels announced Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will return i...
The October 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels keep Scioscia and Dipoto, Picciolo and Eppard fired and much more... The Story: The Angels announced Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will return in 2014. The Monkey Says: It is a tough decision, but probably the right one. Finding a superior manager to Scioscia wouldn't be easy and cutting bait on Dipoto and overhauling the front office again would have been a big setback for the club. Make no mistake though, both men are going to be on the wobbly chair the second pitchers and catchers report to training camp in Tempe. The Story: Hitting coach Jim Eppard has been fired and bench coach Rob Picciolo has been replaced by Dino Ebel. The Monkey Says: This is a small blow to Scioscia's organizational power as Picciolo was one of his guys and Mike had supposedly demanded to keep his staff intact earlier in the off-season. Many are upset that Mike Butcher survived the mini-purge, because apparently it is his fault that the pitching staff has so little talent to work with. As for replacements, popular opinion is that Omar Vizquel will take over at third (though one would think they would've announced it already if that were the case). At hitting coach, one candidate you will hear a lot about is Wally Joyner, who just resigned as the assistant hitting coach of the Phillies yesterday. Being a former Angel shouldn't be a major qualification for the job, but if they hire more for PR, Joyner would be a popular hire. The Story: Jerry Dipoto did not have his contract option for 2015 exercised. The Monkey Says: They can still do it at a later date, but the reluctance to pick up that option is as sure a signal as any that Dipoto's job security is tenuous, at best. That is a dangerous proposition as it incentivizes Dipoto to make moves this winter that could forsake the future so the Halos can win now and save his job. The Story: The Angels outrighted Andrew Taylor, Brandon Sisk and Robert Coello off of the 40-man roster. The Monkey Says: Taylor has a shredded shoulder and Sisk is coming off TJ surgery, so neither were threats to be claimed. Coello slipped through, likely in part to arm problems of his own, but he was healthy to end the season and could still opt for free agency. Odds are he will stay with the organization since they are likely to give him a chance to win his roster spot back. The fuckleball ain't dead yet! The Story: The Mariners claimed Travis Witherspoon off waivers from the Angels. The Monkey Says: Spoon is a freaky athlete, but he just can't make contact. He can run, field, hit for some power and draw a walk, but he just can't put the bat on the ball enough to get out of Double-A right now. He is only 24, so his career still has some hope, but it is a longshot that he even becomes a bench player at this point, so the Halos decided to cut bait. The Story: The ten best draft picks made with free agent compensation picks. The Monkey Says: The Angels were involved with three of those ten, two of which were in their favor. But don't worry, Michael Wacha is threatening to break onto this same list five years from now to even things out. [follow]
about 10 hours ago
#98 - Albert Pujols, 1B/DH If Albert Pujols announced he was retiring form baseball today he might get bumped off this list if the club had to pay out the $200-Million+ they still owe him, but this ranking is not based on any future pro...
#98 - Albert Pujols, 1B/DH If Albert Pujols announced he was retiring form baseball today he might get bumped off this list if the club had to pay out the $200-Million+ they still owe him, but this ranking is not based on any future projection. In just over 1,100 Plate Appearances in an Angels uniform Pujols has put up some numbers great enough to justify at least this ranking. Consider: His 5.0 WAR 2012 season is ranked 31st best single season, the 4.2 of it that were offensive wins above replacement is also in the top 50 of single season achievements in franchise history. Despite the tag of being gimpy he had 607 ABs that year, 36th all time, and 670 PA also in the club's Top 50. The OPS+ of 138 ranks #30 single season mark for the club. His 80 Extra Base Hits in 2012 matches Vlad's 80 XBH in his MVP 2004 campaign. The sabre-heavy statistic "Adjusted Batting Runs" which really favors sluggers (defined at Baseball Reference with the cryptic "Statistic Description: Adjusted Batting Runs A set of formulas developed by Gary Gillette, Pete Palmer and others that estimates a player’s total contributions to a team’s runs total via linear weights) gives Albert 43 AdjBR - ranking 22nd all time in club history! THat is not just a single season. He had 33 AdjBR in 2012, which alone would rank 29th! His 69 doubles so far is in the club's all time Top 50 and his 47 home runs ranks in the franchise Top 40. So he has made a little itty bitty dent as an Angel. Hopefully his non-chronic Plantar Fasitis is behind him and he can outrun Father Time up the club's charts in the seasons ahead.
about 14 hours ago
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Touring the sports world, here and there … • Now that that they know their partnership continues, Mike Sciosica should invite Jerry Dipoto over to watch the competitive cooking show, “Chopped.” That’s the one in which chef contestants ar...
Touring the sports world, here and there … • Now that that they know their partnership continues, Mike Sciosica should invite Jerry Dipoto over to watch the competitive cooking show, “Chopped.” That’s the one in which chef contestants are...
about 17 hours ago
Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia have survived with their jobs, despite a summer of speculation that the Angels’ $150 million disappointment would cost at least one of them his position.While the Angels announced the dismissal of bench coa...
Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia have survived with their jobs, despite a summer of speculation that the Angels’ $150 million disappointment would cost at least one of them his position.While the Angels announced the dismissal of bench coach Rob...
about 18 hours ago
Our long wait is over, Arte Moreno has finally made his decision. Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will return for the 2014 season. Mike Sciscoa and Jerry Dipoto both returning to jobs next season. Only changes: Hitting coach Jim E...
Our long wait is over, Arte Moreno has finally made his decision. Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will return for the 2014 season. Mike Sciscoa and Jerry Dipoto both returning to jobs next season. Only changes: Hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) October 9, 2013 Picciolo and Eppard weren't quite so lucky, however. Both will be repalced in a development that only adds to the mystery of what the status of the Scioscia-Dipoto power struggle really is. On one hand, Scioscia was originally rumored to be demanding that all of his coaches be retained. Losing Picciolo and Eppard certainly suggests that Scioscia lost that round, but it was never totally clear how attached he was to either man, Eppard in particular. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting to see if Scioscia gets to make his own hires or if he has new coaches foisted upon him by Dipoto. As I write this, it is being announced that Dino Ebel has been promoted to bench coach, so that solves half the equation, but the hitting coach hire should remain a point of intrigue. Even if Dipoto wins the coaching staff battle, Scioscia still has an edge on him in that he has five years remaining on his contract while Dipoto is heading into the final year of his pact. Unless the team subsequently announces that Jerry is getting an extension or has his club options picked up, that places him firmly on the chopping block, which is never a good thing as it can lead to a GM making reckless moves in order to save their job. What this announcement won't change is the overall pressure for both Scioscia and Dipoto to turn this club back into a winner. The second the 2014 Angels struggle even a tiny bit, speculation about one or both getting fired will crop up once again. In other words, this is less of a vote of confidence for either man and more of a stay of execution. The fun times in Anaheim, they never stop. [follow]
about 18 hours ago
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Tuesday that they are going to keep their jobs, despite speculation that either or both could be fired. The Angels announced Tuesday that hitting coach Jim Eppard an...
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Tuesday that they are going to keep their jobs, despite speculation that either or both could be fired. The Angels announced Tuesday that hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach...
about 20 hours ago