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.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.