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Jerry Dipoto Named Angels GM •Angels Top 2011 Moments #8

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<em>Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto speaks at a public press conference introducing newly signed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  players Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at Angel Stadium on December 10, 2011 in Anaheim, California</em>
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto speaks at a public press conference introducing newly signed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim players Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at Angel Stadium on December 10, 2011 in Anaheim, California
As great as the Tony Reagins resignation was, the tinge of anger pulsated in fans faces throughout its pantomiming predictability. The hiring of Jerry Dipoto was an extra relief as we had been tainted by the possibility of the turd-like Omar Minaya taking over, ownership going so far as to interview the hack himself.

Former major league pitcher Dipoto reconfigured the front office to evaluate talent and structure excellence. Alert, high prfile and engaged, unlike Reagins he has the courage to talk to the media in a vocal tone above the blathering swollen tongue of Tony's mumble.

After putting together a well-respected organization (highlight there was stealing Scott Servais from Texas) he began making moves for the team on the field. He traded Jeff Mathis for something, acquired Chris Iannetta, signed LaTroy Hawkins, C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols. But he also dumped a few longtime Reagins projects, removing Loek Van Mil and Wolverine Rodriguez from the 40-Man Roster and not protecting Trevor Reckling from the Rule 5 Draft (nobody took him, he will be in AA Arkansas in 2012). The moment of his hiring was a higher point than almost any on the field for the Angels in 2011 and bodes great for 2012 and beyond.