Report: Angels pick up GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for 2016

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels exercised GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for the 2016 season two or three months ago. As Gonzalez details, DiPoto’s contract was for three years and included options for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. There have not been any discussions yet about extending him beyond the 2016 season.

The Angels, since DiPoto took over after the 2011 season, have gone 295-251. They made the postseason last year with a 98-64 record, but were swept out of the ALDS by the Wild Card-winning and eventual AL champion Royals.

DiPoto’s tenure also includes the signing of outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract in December 2012. Hamilton hit a paltry .255/.316/.426 with 31 home runs and 123 RBI in 1,017 PA with the Angels. Hamilton dealt with a drug relapse, which caused DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno to publicly criticize Hamilton before sending him to the Rangers in late April in a cash transaction.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.