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Trout's 21st homer isn't enough vs. Yankees

By Bryan Hoch and David Adler / MLB.com | July 2, 2015

ANAHEIM -- Nathan Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Garrett Jones smacked a long solo home run off Matt Shoemaker, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by the Angels with a 3-1 win Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

The Yankees stayed within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

Shoemaker pitched a solid game for the Angels, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings, on Chase Headley's RBI single in the third and Jones' homer in the sixth. The Angels had some early opportunities to put runs on the board but couldn't come up with a breakthrough hit -- struggling with runners in scoring position as they had all series -- as they had a four-game winning streak come to an end.

"I thought we very easily could have won two out of three against them, but they're playing great," Headley said. "They're making great plays, they're pitching well, so to be able to come out with this one was a nice win for us."

The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the eighth against Angels reliever Jose Alvarez, with Didi Gregorius singling home Brian McCann with the bases loaded. Mike Trout got the Angels on the board in the bottom of the inning with a homer to right field, his 21st of the season -- second in the American League behind teammate Albert Pujols' 24.  

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JERRY DIPOTO RESIGNS AS ANGELS GENERAL MANAGER

The Angels today announced the resignation of General Manager Jerry Dipoto. At the same time, Senior Advisor Bill Stoneman will assume GM responsibilities on an interim basis through the remainder of the 2015 campaign.

The announcement was made by Club President John Carpino. 2015 marked Dipoto’s fourth season as Angels’ General Manager.

The former Major League pitcher was introduced as the 11th GM in franchise history on Oct. 29, 2011. During his four-year run as GM of the Halos, Dipoto signed or acquired several marquee players including Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Huston Street, David Freese and Joe Smith, among others.

In 2014, Dipoto orchestrated a roster that posted a Major-League best 98 wins en route to winning the club’s first American League West title since 2009.

On the field since the start of the 2012 season, the Angels have posted a 306-258 (.543) record, good for fourth-best in the American League in the span. Stoneman previously served as the Vice-President/General Manager from Nov. 1, 1999 through Oct. 16, 2007.

He was the ninth General Manager in club annals. Under his previous tenure, the Angels captured their lone World Championship in 2002, the franchise’s first A.L. West crown in 18 years in 2004 and the club’s first-ever back-to-back division titles with another division championship in 2005. Stoneman was responsible for the signing of future American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero prior to the 2004 season and 2005 Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon.

A veteran of eight major league seasons, Stoneman compiled a 54-85 career record with 46 complete games, 15 shutouts, five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 245 games (170 starts). He was also the author of two no-hitters during his career.

The club also announced Assistant General Manager Matt Klentak and Assistant GM, Scouting & Player Development Scott Servais will continue in their current roles while assisting Stoneman.

 

Not made in heaven: Jerry Dipoto steps down as Angels GM

 

 

 

Out with the new, in with the old. That was the theme of the day Wednesday for the Angels, with General Manager Jerry Dipoto resigning in the wake of renewed friction with Manager Mike Scioscia, and former general manager Bill Stoneman, 71, being named interim GM for the remainder of the season.

The front-office shake-up brought an abrupt end to the tumultuous 31/2-year reign of Dipoto, the forward-thinking executive whose numbers-based approach sometimes clashed with the supposedly set-in-his-ways Scioscia, baseball's longest-tenured manager.

Dipoto, 47, confirmed his resignation via text message at noon Wednesday. The Angels announced the move 61/2 hours later, in the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

“I just felt it was the right thing to do for my own state of mind and my family,” Dipoto said Wednesday night. “I felt like I wasn't able to help the club get better in the way that I wanted to.

“By no means am I leaving a disgruntled employee throwing stones out the door. … The front office, the scouting and player development people, every player in that clubhouse, I love them more than they'll know, and I'll pull for their success. I just didn't feel I could help take the next step forward in the position I was in.”

Scioscia and Dipoto had a rocky relationship, stemming from their occasional differences of opinion and the GM's firing of longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, one of Scioscia's best friends, in May 2012.

The two coexisted peacefully in 2014, when the Angels went a major league-best 98-64, but Dipoto reached a breaking point Tuesday when he cleaned out his office and left the stadium one day after details of a tense clubhouse meeting before Sunday's game were leaked to Fox Sports.

In that meeting, Dipoto reportedly expressed frustration with the failure of Scioscia and his coaches to convey scouting and statistical information provided by the front office to the players.

One coach, according to the report, responded heatedly to Dipoto, and slugger Albert Pujols reportedly challenged Dipoto.

“I'm not going to get into any details of what happened over the weekend — that should stay in the clubhouse,” Dipoto said. “But this isn't about a singular event. This is about what I thought was right for me and my family and the Angels.”

Asked about a report that Dipoto gave owner Arte Moreno an ultimatum, forcing him to choose between the GM and manager, Dipoto said, “Simply untrue.”

How would he describe his relationship with Scioscia?

“We had some days that were better than others,” said Dipoto, who is signed through 2016, “but I'll look back over these 31/2 years and believe I'll be better for those experiences.”

Scioscia bristled at the suggestion that there was a power struggle between him and Dipoto.

“I can only speak for myself, but there's never been a power struggle,” Scioscia said. “I understand the role of a manager. I'm hard-headed, I have opinions, and I give them. The manager gets the word ‘no' more than ‘yes.' There was no ego, no power struggle. That's just not the case.”

Said Dipoto: “I have no interest in getting into a comment string with Mike. He's had a great career here, he's done some awesome things, and I will pull for the success of this franchise with Mike at the helm.”

Stoneman stepped down as Angels general manager after 2007 to spend more time with his wife, but he has served as a senior advisor since. His first move after being named to the position in late 1999 was to hire Scioscia. He then retained the core of a highly dysfunctional 1999 team that went on to win the World Series in 2002.

Stoneman signed free-agents Vladimir Guerrero and Bartolo Colon and helped guide the Angels to division titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007. But his most significant trade-deadline acquisition was reserve outfielder Alex Ochoa in 2002.

Assistant GMs Matt Klentak and Scott Servais will remain in their current roles while assisting Stoneman. Klentak, 34, and pro scouting director Hal Morris, 49, are expected to be candidates for the permanent job after the season.

“It's sad to see, especially this time of the year,” said reliever Joe Smith, alluding to the challenges of a leadership change with the July 31 trade deadline approaching and the Angels needing offensive upgrades. “From a player's standpoint, our jobs stay the same. We have to battle and try to win games.”

Scioscia wields more power than most managers because of his 16-year tenure, his success and his strong ties to Moreno, who gave Scioscia the security of a 10-year, $50-million contract that runs through 2018.

In fact, many considered Scioscia the de facto GM while Tony Reagins served in the position from 2007 to 2011, a perception Scioscia denies.

Dipoto was hired in the fall of 2011 and completely revamped the front office, putting a heavier emphasis on statistical data and advanced analytics, and Scio-
scia sometimes chafed at Dipoto's moves and ideas.

But Scioscia took strong exception to the belief that an “old-school” mentality contributed to a rift.

“I kind of laugh because there's no way in the world you can stay in this position without evolving,” Scioscia said. “I guarantee you that from even three or four years ago, the way we prepped guys and got information is light-years different from now. To think I haven't evolved is really naive.

“There are analytics that go into every decision we make, whether it's a lineup, a pitching change or defensive positioning. Jerry brought a lot of this to the party, and it's been very successful. We've applied everything that's come our way that will make us better.”

mike.digiovanna@latimes.com

Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times

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