Almost 24 hours removed from a Ken Rosenthal report on Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia at odds with each other, we now have Tim Brown from Yahoo getting into the Angels melodrama game. In an article published earlier this evening, a source spoke with Brown about the mood of the front office in light of the recent dischord:
"A lot of closed doors," one club official said.
Said another: "Something's going to give this time. Looks irreparable."
A hands on GM and a stubborn, old-baseball paradigm coach butting heads in the grandest of public relations flub fashion. Everything is out in the open now for the Angels...well, most everything. We know that, while the Angels played coy in the pre-game interviews with the press today, there is some serious lack of chill underneath the surface. Lording over it all, still, is Arte Moreno, and if this source is to be believed, then a change has to be on the horizon, be it Dipoto or Scioscia; the gauntlet has dropped...one or two or all three of these co-victims of circumstance have crossed a line behind closed doors.
The players are most definitely feeling something, but they all are deflecting or projecting in their expected manner. Albert Pujols, the staunch veteran, was open to talk about how "embarrassed" he was that someone even spoke about it to the media:
"You've got 25 grown men in here," he said. "Whoever leaked that story, it's really embarrassing. We're supposed to be family here."
Mike Trout, probably in the wisest move a public figure can make in this day and age, demurred to any talk outside the realm of baseball:
Trout took a step back and held up his hands.
"I'm not going to comment," he said. "If it's about a game, OK. But if it's about that stuff that came out, I don't want to answer."
How does this play out from here? Will Arte force these two to politic it out , like such ruffians in the schoolyard, or will he pull the trigger on a GM career execution? Certainly, if something happens NOW, then it's Jerry taking his severance package and turning in his polo, and having Moreno take a saber to the Angels logo, like it was the opening of Branded! I think that would be the unwise move, but in an organization turned upside down, the unwise move looks like a godsend. We're entering some strange territory.
Multiple Angels players were under the impression Jerry Dipoto was out as GM before their game today. Club still has not confirmed a change.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 1, 2015