Jerry Dipoto, the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, has reportedly cleaned out his desk and resigned as their GM. The relationship between Dipoto and his manager, Mike Scioscia, has been rocky for the past few years, and reports are coming in that on Monday, Dipoto reached his boiling point and left. The Angels have yet to confirm if Jerry Dipoto is still with the team.
USA Today reported that friction between Dipoto and Scioscia began happening over the weekend, when Dipoto met with the club last week and explained to players that they were not utilizing their scouting and analytic information, which is provided by the front office, and they will be receiving the information by a front-office staffer and not the coaching staff.
Albert Pujols called Dipoto out, saying that the team would be doing betting if Jerry Dipoto improved the roster and stopped worrying about the statistical information. He later commented, saying as follows.
“Whoever leaked that story, it’s really embarrassing, because we’re supposed to be a family here. I don’t know how that information got out.”
Pujols continued to say that he didn’t need to talk about the situation and that he would never disrespect a team the whole 16 years he has been in the league. He said that whoever wrote the story on him complaining about his team is wrong, and he doesn’t have time to waste on it.
According to ESPN, Dipoto went to the Angels owner, Arte Moreno, with an ultimatum and was turned down. Rumors are swirling though that Moreno and Angels president John Carpino was trying to get Dipoto to reconsider his resignation.
Fans of the Angels took to Twitter to respond to the news of Jerry Dipoto’s possible departure.
Dipoto has been the general manager for the Angels since 2011, and was signed until the end of next season. Rumors are swirling that Dipoto will officially announce his retirement before the Angels play the Yankees today. The Angels currently are 41-37, have won four games straight, and are four games back from the Houston Astros in the American League West.
How do you feel about Jerry Dipoto resigning as the Angels general manager? Should he had stayed through his contract, or was Scioscia in the wrong this time?
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