Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto not always getting along has been an ongoing subplot for the past few years, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that recently the “tension is back and far more pervasive, extending to the Angels coaches and even the players.”
According to Rosenthal the latest issue stems from “a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players.” And apparently at least one member of the coaching staff as well as star first baseman Albert Pujols didn’t react very kindly to the GM’s involvement.
Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in baseball and has a .546 winning percentage in 16 seasons with the Angels, including a 40-37 record this year. He’s technically signed through 2018 as part of a 10-year contract, but Rosenthal notes that Scioscia has the ability to opt out of the deal after this season if he’s willing to give up the $18 million he’s owed from 2016-2018.
That sounds like a lot of money to pass up, but the 56-year-old Scioscia would presumably have little trouble securing another big, long-term contract to manage another contending team. And based on his terse comments about the working relationship with Dipoto it certainly sounds like Scioscia is tiring of the situation now that the GM is basically bypassing him to interact with players directly.
Rosenthal’s lengthy report includes tons of other details, many of which make the relationship sound incredibly bad and only getting worse. Anaheim may not be big enough for both of them.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”