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.

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.

Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.

Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :

It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.

Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.