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October 14, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The Angels have received permission from the Arizona Diamondbacks to interview Jerry Dipoto for their general manager's job opening, a major league source confirmed. Dipoto, who spent parts of eight seasons as a reliever in the big leagues, is Arizona's senior vice president of scouting and player development. Dipoto was part of the Boston Red Sox front office during the team's run to the 2004 World Series championship before joining the Colorado Rockies as director of player personnel in 2005.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck - or would that be what the Eck? - is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club.
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October 28, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels will hold a noon news conference Saturday to introduce Jerry Dipoto as their general manager, according to people familiar with the search process but who are not authorized to speak publicly until the official announcement. Since Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead would neither confirm nor deny the news on Friday. Dipoto, 43, spent the past six seasons as Arizona's senior vice president of scouting and player development.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling and oft-criticized right-hander on Wednesday and ate the remaining $8.5 million on his contract, a move that was probably more difficult for General Manager Jerry Dipoto to digest than Blanton. "It's regrettable, it's a mistake on my part, there's no one else to blame," said Dipoto, who signed Blanton to a two-year, $15-million deal before 2013. "I made the call on signing Joe Blanton, and obviously this isn't the way he or I wanted it to work out. Unfortunately, that's the way it goes sometimes.
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October 29, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There was no Kevin Malone-like proclamation of a "new sheriff in town," no Al Haig-like "I'm-in-charge-here" speech. But at Saturday's news conference to announce the hiring of Jerry Dipoto as the Angels' new general manager, it seemed clear who will be calling the shots in Anaheim. And it won't be the manager many think is the de facto general manager, or the guy writing the checks. "He has complete power," Angels owner Arte Moreno said of Dipoto, the former Arizona executive who signed a three-year contract with two option years to become the 11th general manager in franchise history.
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October 29, 2011 | Helene Elliott
Jerry Dipoto emerged from two interviews for the Angels' general manager job with no regrets, satisfied he had said all he wanted to say. To support his case, he gave owner Arte Moreno and club President John Carpino a massive "living document" outlining the philosophy he had formulated after nearly a quarter of a century in baseball. "You will never accuse me of being short on words through time, and I'll answer just about anything you can think of," Dipoto said. Yet, there's a topic he never raised with them: that he's a thyroid cancer survivor.
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November 10, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Jerry Dipoto said this week's general managers meetings were "like a setup," a chance to meet agents and GMs in the casual atmosphere of an Indian Wells resort and lay the groundwork for potential free-agent signings and trades, not to consummate deals. "We tried to digest as much information as we could," the Angels GM said. Some of that information might be hard to stomach. One report said pitcher Zack Greinke , the Angels' top winter target, is seeking a six-year, $150-million deal.
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September 18, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Within seconds of Mike Scioscia's latest decision-gone-horribly-wrong Saturday night in Kansas City, when he pulled starter Zack Greinke in the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead and closer Ernesto Frieri gave up two home runs for a 3-2 loss, fans began spewing vitriol toward the Angels manager on Twitter. Again. It has become a typical, predictable and somewhat tiresome pattern: key move doesn't work out, scream at television, go to keyboard, type "fire the manager!" hit send button. While Jerry Dipoto may not agree with what seems to be a growing number of fans clamoring for Scioscia to be canned in this season of unfulfilled expectations, the Angels general manager can empathize with such anguish and frustration.
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March 18, 2000 | Associated Press
Jerry Dipoto, the front-runner to be Colorado's closer, will be out at least four weeks and could be out for the season after being diagnosed with a bulging disk below his neck. Dipoto, a right-hander, had been pitching with pain in his left shoulder, and Rocky General Manager Dan O'Dowd sent him to have an MRI test to determine the cause. The results showed a C-6 bulging disc just below Dipoto's neck. "I feel terrible for Jerry. I really do," O'Dowd said.
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September 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have informed professional scouts Brad Sloan and Willie Fraser that their contracts will not be renewed for 2013, continuing the transformation of the front office under Jerry Dipoto, who took over as general manager last October. Sloan has been with the team for the last decade or so, and Fraser, a former Angels reliever, was with the Angels for two years. Dipoto would not go into detail about the decision, which was made during the team's last road trip, but he said it was “not at all related to what's going on on the field.” The Angels, with a $159-million payroll and World Series expectations, entered Wednesday night's game 7 1/2 games behind Texas in the American League West and 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore and New York for the second wild-card spot.
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March 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Albert Pujols plays for the Angels, and so does Josh Hamilton. Total rebuilding is not an option. It could have been. The Angels' minor league system generally ranks as the worst in the business. The major league team has not reached the playoffs in four consecutive years. The Angels are coming off their worst season in a decade, even with the emergence of baseball's best player, Mike Trout. As the Angels stumbled through the waning days of their lost summer, Jerry Dipoto had absolutely no idea whether he would keep his job. The second-year general manager started preparations for the 2014 season entirely unsure whether he would have the chance to implement them.
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December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  - Jerry Dipoto turned Mark Trumbo into three arms and a bat. That is the work of a magician. Provided, of course, that the Angels get solid production from those three arms and a bat. If not, the Angels' general manager just made 30 home runs disappear, and maybe his job with it. On Monday, when the Angels arrived at the winter meetings, they had a three-man starting rotation. On Tuesday, they got to the minimum five, trading Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that brought left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona and left-hander Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox. That is Step 1. The Angels saved about $3 million in the trade, giving them about $18 million in available funds.
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October 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels' failure to reach the playoffs for a fourth straight year after investing heavily in high-priced free agents did not cost Manager Mike Scioscia or General Manager Jerry Dipoto his job. Both Scioscia, who has five years and $27 million left on his contract, and Dipoto, who has one year left on his three-year deal, said Tuesday they had been informed by owner Arte Moreno that they will be retained for 2014, ending months of...
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October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
No news is not necessarily good news for Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia, but it's certainly better than bad news. A second day passed on Tuesday with owner Arte Moreno taking no action on the front office chief and the field boss, further fueling the belief that both will return in 2014 despite another highly disappointing season in which the Angels missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Both men are under contract, Scioscia for five more years and about $27 million and Dipoto for one more year, and the team is under no obligation to make any kind of public announcement that both will be retained.
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September 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto addressed a wide range of topics before Thursday night's 6-5 walk-off loss to the Texas Rangers, but he wouldn't touch the one that is foremost on everyone's mind: his job status. "I'm not going to get into it," said Dipoto, the subject of heavy speculation since early August when the Angels, who opened the season with World Series aspirations, fell out of playoff contention. "I don't want to have this conversation.
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September 26, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Trout says he has no idea if he should buy a house in Orange County, and the baseball world wonders: Would the Angels consider trading him this winter? In a word: No. "Mike is a terrific player and obviously we're thrilled with his contributions both on the field and off," Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto told The Times. "He has made a tremendous impact on this organization over the last two seasons and will continue to be a core member of our roster as we move forward.
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April 13, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK — A beleaguered Angels bullpen got some good news Friday when an MRI test on Scott Downs' injured right ankle showed no significant damage, which means the team's best reliever will probably avoid the disabled list. Downs twisted the ankle and had it stepped on while covering first in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Minnesota. He won't pitch this weekend, but the left-hander improved enough to be listed as day to day. "It's still sore," said Downs, who was on crutches Thursday but will try to play catch Saturday, "but it's way better than it felt.
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November 30, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Jerry Dipoto "checked off two boxes" on his winter to-do list with his first trade as Angels general manager Wednesday, adding catching depth and a player with a strong on-base percentage with his acquisition of Chris Iannetta from the Colorado Rockies. But did he add another item by sending 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood to Colorado for Iannetta, a 28-year-old with a .357 on-base percentage in six big league seasons? The Angels don't have much depth beyond their big league rotation, and they parted with one of their top two pitching prospects in Chatwood, who struggled with his command in 2011 but showed much promise with his 95-mph fastball and big overhand curveball.
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August 31, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch. Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most valuable player award in each of his first two seasons, if not for the Angels' futility. By the time the Angels replenish enough pitching to reclaim their status as a perennial contender - and this is a best-case scenario - Trout will be on the verge of free agency.
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July 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A month ago, Jerry Dipoto could not envision the Angels making a major push to add or shed players before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, the general manager saying, “We are not a buyer, we are not a seller.” Two and a half weeks ago, Dipoto said he doubted the Angels would make any “high-profile moves.” With an 11-game American League West deficit entering Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins and the trade deadline now...
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