The Latest On The Angels, Scioscia & Dipoto

10:00pm: Dipoto weighed in with his sentiments on Sunday regarding Moreno's decision to retain him for a second season, writes Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. The former Diamondbacks executive expressed that Saturday "was a nice day to get behind us and move forward from, to continue getting better as a group and play for this season, 2013 and beyond." The team enters Monday's play two and a half games behind the Athletics for the second Wild Card with only nine games remaining on the schedule. 

SUNDAY, 3:52pm: A day after owner Arte Moreno said Scioscia will return as manager, the Angels skipper told Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, "I have a commitment here. I love it here. I have a passion for it. I'm happy Arte feels the same way. We need to keep moving forward, getting better. There have been a lot of things floating around that weren't accurate. Now we can just concentrate on playing baseball."

Scioscia even addressed his relationship with Dipoto, "A lot of things being portrayed were inaccurate. The media can portray things any way you see them. You can portray a conversation as friction or two opinions. There's not a manager in baseball that doesn't have candid conversations with the general manager. Some people tried to portray my relationship with Jerry as something that's not accurate."

SATURDAY, 7:35pm: Moreno flatly told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez that both Scioscia and Dipoto will be back next season. "These reports, wherever they're coming from, are [false]," he added.

12:19pm: The Angels ensured themselves of a winning season with last night's victory over the White Sox, but they remain 7.5 games back of the Rangers in the division race and 3.5 games back of a Wild Card spot. Earlier this week we heard that manager Mike Scioscia is "likely" to be the scapegoat if the club fails to make the postseason for a third straight year, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has more on the situation today…

  • Things between Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto are quite contentious. Communication between the two is strained, and the skipper briefly considered stepping down after long-time hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired in May.
  • At one point in August, Scioscia suggested to Dipoto that he should fire him if he was not satisfied with his job performance. Some in the organization believe it would be easiest if the manager simply left for another team.
  • Dipoto has more power than his predecessor (Tony Reagins) while Scioscia's pull within the organization has waned. The two disagree specifically about assistant GM Scott Servais, who Dipoto hired, and the team's recent emphasis on statistical analysis, among other things.
  • Scioscia is under contract through 2018 thanks to the ten-year, $50MM contract he signed prior to the 2009 season. He'll earn $6MM annually from 2016-2018.
  • Jeff Miller of The Orange County Register wrote more about the strain between Dipoto and Scioscia, though he believes the manager will be given one more year to turn things around.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says that owner Arte Moreno is not pleased with the job either Scioscia or Dipoto have done this season and is "expressing unhappiness behind the scenes."

Edward Creech and Daniel Seco contributed to this post.



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