Report: Jerry Dipoto “definitely out” as Angels GM

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Yesterday we heard about the discord between Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto. Multiple overnight reports have come in saying that Dipoto is out:

As was reported yesterday, things came to a head between Dipoto and Scioscia after a meeting in which Dipoto took issue with Scioscia for him and his coaches not conveying scouting information to the players. Scioscia is said to have Albert Pujols on his side in this dispute.

A dispute, it seems, that does not and would not happen on many other teams in this day and age given the dominance of front offices over coaching staff when it comes to decision making in most organizations. Scioscia, however, has the longest tenure in baseball, having taken over before that front office-coaching paradigm shifted. Indeed, for years it was said that Scioscia acted as a defacto assistant general manager prior to Dipoto’s arrival, forcing or, at the very least, strongly suggesting moves such as the trading away of Mike Napoli and the acquisition of Vernon Wells. The strife between him and former GM Tony Reagins was widely reported, with owner Arte Moreno reportedly having Scioscia’s back at all turns.

One assumes the same pattern exists now, and that one does not battle with Scioscia and expect to win.

Joe Girardi steps down as manager of USA Baseball

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Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.

Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.

Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.

The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.