Yesterday we heard about the discord between Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto. Multiple overnight reports have come in saying that Dipoto is out:
Jerry DiPoto “definitely out” with #Angels, says MLB source. Team yet to confirm.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 1, 2015
Two sources say that #Angels GM Jerry Dipoto packed up his office and left today. Club official: “Status quo here as of now.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 1, 2015
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.