Posted October 08, 2013

Angels retain manager Mike Scioscia, GM Jerry Dipoto, fire two other coaches

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job is safe this season, according to the team's owner. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Angels manager Mike Scioscia will have at least one more season in the dugout. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels will bring back managerMike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto for next season, but will not retain bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard, the team announced Tuesday.

Scioscia is signed through 2018 and Dipoto will be entering the final year of his deal in 2014.

The Angels went 78-84 in 2013, finishing 18 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

Scioscia, a two-time American League Manager of the Year award winner, is 1233-1035 in 14 seasons with the team, winning 90 or more games six times and five division titles.  He also led his team to the 2002 World Series championship.


14 comments
Nern
Nern

Not that anyone will read this. I can't figure out how to log onto mlb.com Angels to voice my opinion. The Angels are worse than they've ever been. Mike Scioscia is not a good skipper and Arte Moreno is to blame. We've traded away 2 world series teams and continue to allow Mike to blow games with his pitcher shenanigans. He's forgotten how to play baseball. Let your boys stay in the game and pitch. Stop pulling them and going to your non-existent bull pen. It mystifies me how he continues to do the same crappy things year after year. We deserve better. 

Nern
Nern

Why is Mike Scioscia still the Angel's skipper? What does he have on Arte? He, single handed, lost most of their games last year with his pulling the pitcher when they're winning style. F the pitch count Mike. Let the boys play. 

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

I was hoping for him to be fired & replace the buffoonery of Jim Leyland in Detroit

6marK6
6marK6

I watched my Rangers absolutely dominate this sorry team this year and last year and the year before and the year before. Two things I noticed in almost every game. One, Scioscia's managerial moves almost always backfired, if he bothered trying to make one. Two, outside of one player (Trout), his team did not play hard for him. Jogging out ground balls, weak at bats, halfhearted attempts in the outfield, etc.. Look, has there ever been a manger with any future that has been told to fire his coaches? This is a move made by failing mangers that are trying to buy one more year. No manager deserved to be fired more than Mike this year, nobody. 

FarEndRN
FarEndRN

Good thing they canned their hitting coach. Because hitting was definitely the central issue, not pitching. But hey, it's good  they kept Dipoto. This way he can make more winning moves like the Pujols and Hamilton contracts.

tfaw
tfaw

Scioscia needs to put the donuts down.  Donuts are for closers.

nycsports4life
nycsports4life

I'm a big Scioscia fan but I think it's time to make a change. The Angels need a Joe Torre clone to manage the team, someone who can deal with aging stars in decline, but still with massive egos and sometimes massive drug problems ... 

OglesbyLoneStar
OglesbyLoneStar

So the Angels just pulled a Texas Rangers and retained the big guy and for some reason canned guys that had no reason to be canned..

Sdwalt
Sdwalt

Yep that bench coach was the reason they lost.

Roy1
Roy1

I thought Scioscia was gone for sure after getting swept at home by the Astros in a 4-game series back in May or June.  The GM should be gone for sure.  How are those Pujols and Hamilton deals looking now?  

lbwaterpoloman
lbwaterpoloman

@FarEndRN I want the angels to mix it up, but if you didn't talk numbers, everyone would predict a gm of the year award if you said he'd sign hamilton, pujols, and wilson in his first two seasons.  its not his fault they had monutmental breakdowns

FarEndRN
FarEndRN

@lbwaterpoloman  That's the problem with obscene contracts like those, the risk is suddenly amplified. Over some portion of the next ten years, the Angels are paying more than $440 million to three players; and for what, to consistently miss the playoffs? And these risky moves will look even worse when it comes time to sign guys that actually deserve hefty contracts, like Trout. In five years or so, they better hope they have enough money left over for him after paying 38-year-old Pujols and 37-year-old Hamilton their huge paychecks. And that's assuming he still wants to be a part of the team (a different issue entirely).

Roy1
Roy1

@lbwaterpoloman @FarEndRN You shouldn't get a GM of the year award for signing players.  That's just rewarding spending.  You get GM of the year for GETTING VALUE signing players.  That rarely happens when you give aging stars their biggest deals when they are past their prime.