Jerry Dipoto/Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was fielding questions during a post-game news conference following Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium. It was the same day general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned amid what some perceived to be a power struggle with Scioscia, though Scioscia denied they were in one.
However, with former GM Bill Stoneman taking the job as interim GM, Scioscia was asked if he expects it will be easier to work with Stoneman than it was working with Dipoto, with whom Scioscia had issues that dated to 2012 when Dipoto fired hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher.
Scioscia, who in 2000 was hired by Stoneman, shot down the notion that he was uncomfortable working with Dipoto.
“First of all, I felt very comfortable dealing with Jerry,” Scioscia said. “Like I’ve said, we had a very honest and frank relationship as far as how we felt. Didn’t always agree, so I don’t think this was – I can only speak from my end of it – it wasn’t a comfort-level problem at all.
“I think the fact that Bill’s coming back is, you know, we’re all familiar with the way he goes about preparing every day, we’re very familiar with what his expectations are for us on a daily basis and we’re very confident in the fact that he’s going to continue do things that are going to help us improve this year and, hopefully, make a run we feel is going to eventually evolve into a championship-caliber club.”
The Angels (41-38) on Friday begin a three-game series at Texas. They will then go to Colorado for two interleague games and then to Seattle for four games leading into the All-Star break.
The Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. made it official – Jerry Dipoto is out as the team’s general manager. The team has named former general manager and current team senior adviser Bill Stoneman as interim GM.
Stoneman served in the office from November 1999 to October 2007, during which time the Angels won three division titles and a league championship and World
Series title in 2002 while compiling a record of 703-593 (.542).
Stoneman, a former major-league pitcher who tossed two no-hitters for the Montreal Expos, is a 1962 graduate of West Covina High School. He also attended Mt.
San Antonio College.
Dipoto took over as GM in October 2011. In his 3 1/2 years at the helm, the Angels went 306-258 with one playoff appearance. That was in 2014, when the Angels compiled a major-league best record of 98-64, winning the AL West before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the first round.
The Angels had recently extended Dipoto’s contract through the 2016 season.
Stoneman hired Mike Scioscia to manage the Angels in 2000.
Matt Joyce/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
The Angels had played 62 games before Sunday. Left-fielder Matt Joyce – acquired in an off-season trade that sent Kevin Jepsen to the Tampa Bay Rays – had played in 55 of them. But in 174 at-bats and 196 plate appearances, he was hitting .178 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. Manager Mike Scioscia’s lineup card Sunday for the Angels’ series finale against the Oakland A’s did not include Joyce’s name.
“He’s not going to play today,” Scioscia said. “But Matty needs to exhale, for sure. And I think he needs to find some things in his game that are … in the batters box right now, he’s just not in sync, not squaring the balls up.
“And he’s much better than he’s shown over these last, I mean, we’re going almost … it might be close to what, 180-200 plate appearances? He just has not found it.”
Efren Navarro, who also plays first, started in left field on Sunday. For more outfield coverage while Joyce finds himself, the Angels called up Daniel Robertson and optioned first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake City.
Scioscia said Joyce will get more opportunities to prove himself.
Matt Shoemaker/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday said right-hander Matt Shoemaker will pitch out of the bullpen for the next week, the biggest reason being that the Angels have off days Thursday and Monday and they won’t need all five starters.
“He can help us in the pen, he has at times before,” Scioscia said, alluding to 2014. “Wouldn’t be a bad thing for him because he could help us in the pen, also get a couple of bullpens in to keep refining his release point, get his pitches down in the zone more. I think for the whole rotation, this is the best way to go about it without disrupting five guys.”
Shoemaker is 3-4 with an ERA of 5.08 in 10 starts, but he has been much better of late, having lowered his ERA from 6.61 on May 9. He was 16-4 with an ERA of 3.04 in ’14.