It’s been a rough few years for the Los Angeles Angels.
After opening up their pocket books, the Angels have been severe disappointments, missing the playoffs four straights seasons despite having some of the biggest names in the league on their roster.
Now the on-field problems have grown into front office issues as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that there is growing tension between manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, which could lead to owner Arte Moreno making a move to resolve the riff this offseason:
Tension persists between Dipoto and Scioscia, according to major league sources. Attendance also is an issue – the Angels have declined from an average of 42,059 in 2006 to 37,149 this season, their lowest figure since 2002. And their current average likely will decline further with the team essentially playing meaningless games the rest of the season.
Dipoto would appear in greater jeopardy than Scioscia – the GM was responsible for the ill-fated acquisitions of right-handers Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson and Ryan Madson last offseason. What’s more, Dipoto also is under contract only through 2014, while Scioscia is signed through ’18.