Angels owner Arte Moreno confirms Scioscia, Dipoto to return in 2014
Angels owner Arturo "Arte" Moreno speaks with Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com to put to rest (or fire up more conjecture depending on your point of view) the rumors that Field Manager Mike Scioscia or new General Manager Jerry Dipoto were on the outs.
This morning various national baseball writers suggested Mike Scioscia would be ending his 13 year tenure with the Angels. Reports about infighting between "Team Jerry" and "Team Mike" had been talked about last month on the Joe McDonnell podcast.
The friction appears to stem from the firing of confidante, devil's advocate and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. As well as assistant General Manager Scott Servais clashing with the Angels coaching staff over the use of advanced statistics.
Differing baseball philosophies; Sabermatrics vs. Traditional is about as contentious in baseball circles as liberal and conservative policies are during an election cycle.
The reality of the situation is the Angels relief pitching has been horrible. The bullpen has 20 losses with 22 blown saves. An inexperienced bullpen was a problem for the Angels last season. With veterans Joe Nathan and Jonathan Papelbon available in the off-season, Dipoto chose to pick up LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen. Neither has pitched particularly well. Other than the acquisition of Ernesto Frieri, Dipoto did not acquire a veteran reliever at the trade deadline.
This coupled with Scioscia's over managing of the bullpen has resulted in both factions sharing fault.
With all this said, the Angels are still in the hunt just 2.5 games back of Oakland Athletics for the second Wild Card spot and with 83 wins assure themselves of a winning season.