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It quickly became evident that the Los Angeles Angels would once again fail to make the playoffs this season. As such, there was speculation that manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto could be shown the door after four consecutive years of missing the playoffs, doing so over the past two years with a star-studded roster carrying high expectations. Instead, the Angels have ultimately decided to retain Scioscia and Dipoto, giving the duo at least one more shot to right the ship in Los Angeles.
Scioscia and Dipoto told reporters -- including Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times -- yesterday that they had been informed by team owner Arte Moreno that they would be back for the 2014 campaign. Scioscia has five years and $27 million remaining on his current contract, while Dipoto is in the final year of his three-year agreement with the Angels.
While Scioscia and Dipoto will be back, the Angels have made several changes. Bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard will not be back in 2014. Dipoto commented on the firings as well as the team's aspirations moving forward.
"We're looking to improve in all areas and to implement
the same on-field excellence we had from 2002-2009," Dipoto said,
referring to a period in which the Angels made the playoffs six times and won a
World Series. "We feel like injecting different personalities, different
voices, can be helpful. Unfortunately, good people have to suffer sometimes for
the greater good of the whole, and that's what happened here."
Over the past two offseasons, the Angels have added the likes of Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton to a roster that already included Jered Weaver and Mike Trout. Despite the high-profile makeup of the team's roster, they once again failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season with an overall record of 78-84.
While Scioscia and Dipoto are back, they would figure to have to show significant improvement in 2014 if they hope to retain their positions beyond next season. If the Angels get off to another rough start, the duo could be shown the door before the All-Star break considering the team's underwhelming performance in recent years.
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