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Dipoto: Scioscia speculation is a distraction

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08:12 AM ET 08.24 | Despite a slow start and what may wind up being a very expensive disappointment of a season, Mike Scioscia appears to be safe. Jerry Dipoto dismissed growing speculation that [Scioscia's] job is in jeopardy, the Angels' general manager refusing to lay blame for what has been a disappointing season so far at the feet of baseball's longest-tenured manager. "We're 3 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but you'd think we were in last place," Dipoto said before Thursday night's game. "Quite frankly, it's a distraction. Mike has been the manager of this team for a long time. He has a very long track record that suggests he's qualified. I say, let him do his job."

Los Angeles Times

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August 24, 2012  08:40 AM ET

"We're 3 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but you'd think we were in last place," Dipoto said ...

welcome to the big leaguse ... or big league reporting ...

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August 24, 2012  09:21 AM ET

It is easy to blame the manager when things are not going well. But the manager doesn't play between the lines, try to hit a curve ball, strike batters out, and field ground balls without making errors.

August 24, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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I dunno. It seems baseball teams give their managers a lot of lifeline for guys who don't win often. Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa are examples of guys who hung around places for years despite taking forever to win their first WS with the team, and then in Cox's case not winning again and going another 15 years with the club.

Yes, baseball has a pretty good ability to measure player performance, and it always seems to turn out that when team loses, it is due to players, not managers. Once in a while the manager louses up (Pete Rose comes to mind) and plays the wrong players, but mostly it is players who fail to perform. So the managers don't get fired unless the GM is on the hot seat for selecting poor players--then the managers get fired as a tactic for putting off the GM's eventual dismissal.

August 24, 2012  10:21 AM ET

He's a brilliant guy and a great manager.

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August 24, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's a brilliant guy and a great manager.

Agreed.

August 24, 2012  11:22 AM ET

uhhhh... When you plunk down a few hundred million in FAs, 3 1/2 games out of the wild card isn't exactly anything to be happy about.

August 24, 2012  11:41 AM ET

......big mike should be fired and the job given to harold reynolds....hes too old and fat and out of touch with all the modern stuff....he is the only reason the angels suck right now....

August 24, 2012  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It is easy to blame the manager when things are not going well. But the manager doesn't play between the lines, try to hit a curve ball, strike batters out, and field ground balls without making errors.

so truth, the manager its in charge into make the llineup, replace pitchers get the right calls in their bullpen, lets not forget that if the pitching goes into a mess the only responsable person in that area its,,, the PITCHING COACH NO KIDDING,,,

August 24, 2012  12:41 PM ET

Things are tough all over my Yankees aren't doing much better trying to hold on!! This turning out to be a great season!!!

August 24, 2012  12:45 PM ET

if the owner or the GM refuse to ackowledge the margin of a error anybody would pintpoint the blame on the manager, but in the real world we most evaluate the game in every position, the offense has been a mess and the manager shouldn't get the blame for that,
the pitching it shines for been away from the halos games played even day time or night time,
the errors have been there but the walks are the second worst in the halos staff,
santana has been #1 in given as many homeruns,, santana should be called the homerun juicer,,,,

August 24, 2012  12:51 PM ET
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......big mike should be fired and the job given to harold reynolds....hes too old and fat and out of touch with all the modern stuff....he is the only reason the angels suck right now....

the problem with the halos has not been the manager, except that since he is the manager his head could roll down at any time, but we know who in reality is the responsable party, the pitching coach has not done a thing and the bullpen pitching coach if there its one has done nothing as well,
the hitting coach still can't figureout the angels lineup hitters, could it be that the halos lineup its sttuborn after all??

August 24, 2012  12:53 PM ET

pujols refuse to listen to any advice from the hitting coach,
trumbo falls in love with the fast balls and tends to hit the wall often thanks to been chasing the high fastballs!!

August 24, 2012  12:55 PM ET

from every hitter in the angels lineup, mike trout has saved the halos face thanks to his agressive and brilliant work in the plate and in the bases as well in the field,,,

August 24, 2012  01:00 PM ET

If the Angels let go of Scioscia, other team would fire their managers to be first in line to hire him.

He's an excellent coach.

August 24, 2012  01:04 PM ET
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uhhhh... When you plunk down a few hundred million in FAs, 3 1/2 games out of the wild card isn't exactly anything to be happy about.

nobody expected them to be playing so terrible baseball, but without any conssistent offense
and the horrendous pitching from every starter except weaver, the franchise can't put any continuos winning straight, with only one conssistent starter in their roster the problem is not hard to find, but if the complete rotation should had been in terrible funk i could said its the pitchers who aren't performing as they suppost to do, here its easy to know who its not doing the job,, the pitching coach!!!

August 24, 2012  01:10 PM ET
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If the Angels let go of Scioscia, other team would fire their managers to be first in line to hire him.He's an excellent coach.

we know too well that mike its a great manager i like his agressiveness in the bases and has yankees and dodgers numbers and if this year has been to dark for him, every blame should fall in different depth , such as the pitching coach and the hitting coach, and even if mike sciocia would like to play as a catcher he wouldn't do much help, i think what it really hurt the sciocia ERA was when the GM trade mathis away even if mathis lacked in offense he was notorious for his deffense and nothing else,,

August 24, 2012  01:13 PM ET
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pujols refuse to listen to any advice from the hitting coach, trumbo falls in love with the fast balls and tends to hit the wall often thanks to been chasing the high fastballs!!

the angels have too many allbastros contracts, santana, haren ,CJ wilson,greinke,williams,from all this contracts the santana and pujols has been horrendous and haven't been able to play fully into their capabilities,,

 
August 24, 2012  01:17 PM ET
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Things are tough all over my Yankees aren't doing much better trying to hold on!! This turning out to be a great season!!!

from the yankees and the angels the yankees do have better options in their team, but the angels had lose face where they are #1 in shutt outs, their bullpen has the worse ERA and the rotation can't find their strikezone the lack in their conssitent work in the mound had show that the pitching its too weak if not injuries then what??

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