Angels name Bill Stoneman interim General Manager

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Former Angels General Manager Bill Stoneman has returned to his post in hopes of settling things down on the U.S.S. Arte.

This could be a good fit if as I suspect, Stoneman will be the go between the front office and the managers office regarding on bringing a fresh trusted voice to translate the advance stats that assistant general managers Scott Servais and Matt Klentak provide to the clubhouse would be better received.

 

LA Angels Take On LA Dodgers For Most Expensive Tickets In July

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The Los Angeles Angels enter the month of July on a four-game win streak and are suddenly only four games back of the Houston Astros for first-place in the American League West division, despite a slow start. But they will also enter the month without general manager Jerry Dipoto.

According to multiple reports, Dipoto is out as the general manager due to a power struggle between he and manager Mike Scioscia, leading him to resign. The Angels are coming off a 98-win season in 2014, which resulted in anticlimactically being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. The Angels may need to reach the All-Star break faster than most teams in order to sort out everything within their front office for the second half of the season.

In the meantime, Los Angeles will look to rack up some more victories in hopes of catching Houston. With the games growing in importance, it’s no wonder that tickets to Angels games are drawing a lot of activity on the secondary market. According to SeatSmart.com, below are the most and least expensive Angels tickets for the month of July.

Most Expensive: 7/31/2015 | Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim | Dodger Stadium | Average Price: $105.58 | Get-in Price: $16

The most expensive Angels game of the month is against their crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in this rare Interleague series. The Dodgers have been in first place of the NL West division for the majority of the season and are starting to get healthy as the season progresses. Like the Angels, they came into 2015 as a top contender with significant expectations, which is why Dodgers tickets are always a hot item. These particular matchups, though, are always as anticipated as any other matchup, hence the high price-tag, and July’s series will be no different when both LA clubs hook up once more.

7/18/2015 | Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox | Angel Stadium | Average Price: $97.27 | Get-in Price: $13 | Fireworks Night

Fans who attend Angel Stadium on July 18 will be treated to a fireworks show after the game. Before that, though, the Angels take on the disappointing Boston Red Sox, who are currently in last place of the AL East division. They’ve been playing solid baseball as of late, going 6-4 in their last 10 games and are currently riding a three-game win streak (as of 7/1). They’ll need these games if they are to successfully climb over the rest of their AL East rivals in the standings.

Least Expensive: 7/7/2015 | Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim | Coors Field | Average Price: $35 | Get-in Price: $5

7/8/2015 | Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim | Coors Field | Average Price: $38 | Get-in Price: $4

The Angels’ least expensive tickets are two Interleague games at hitter-friendly Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are in last place of the NL West but have an exciting trio of superstars within their lineup in Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Nolan Arenado. Expect runs to be scored, which is seemingly almost always a given for games in Denver.

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Jerry Dipoto Takes His Ball and Goes Home.

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After news leaked of a confrontation between Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, his coaches and his players it appears the GM has taken his ball and gone home.

The issue over advanced stats seems to be the issue on a surface level but ultimately it appears Dipoto was unable to work as a partner with Scioscia and Arte Moreno.

Going into the job Dipoto knew he was not being asked to replace the manager. Scioscia was the least of the Halos problems. His job was to rebuild the minor leagues while competing at the big league level.

Aside from 2014 he failed miserably. He appeared obsessed with getting rid of Scioscia from the start, pulling a power play by firing hitting coach Mickey Hatcher.

The former relief pitcher was unable to build a competent bullpen and made a very questionable trade sending Kevin Jepsen for Matt Joyce.

Before this season there were concerns ranging from his nepotism in hiring as many former Rockies as possible. To he and assistant GM Scott Servais bullying their minor league coaches.

Now after all the drama the man caused he throws a temper tantrum and quits.

Well done sir.

To be fair Scioscia is very stubborn and very loyal to his players and coaches. He’s a professional who did not need assistance managing the club.

Arte Moreno is also at fault for forcing the signings of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton upon Dipoto.

In my opinion the best solution would be to offer Bud Black the general manager position. But that may be something for next season.

As of 12 PM Jerry Dipoto has officially resigned his post. It appears Rico Brogna is also out. Arte Moreno and John Carpino are expected to promote from within with Matt Klentak or Hal Morris being likely candidates.