The October 14th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Keith Law claims all of baseball believes DiPoto will get the Angels GM job, Moreno denies that Scioscia is the de facto GM, wondering what Scioscia thinks of Mike Napoli now and much more...
The Monkey Says: I don't think Law was trying to break any news but he is connected, so this does have some credence. Personally, I believe him. So few names have leaked out at this point that it sounds like the Angels have already gotten down to their short list and DiPoto is a guy who has been mentioned since before Reagins even got canned. I wouldn't be shocked if his hire is announced by the end of the month.
The Monkey Says: He can say that all he wants, but nobody is going to believe it until the new GM is hired and proves that he is his own man. However, that notion that Scioscia is the real GM could prevent them from being able to hire the best candidate, so it is something of a catch-22.
The Monkey Says: First off, I can't wait for the Rangers to be out of the post-season just so we can stop hearing this Napoli storyline get beaten to death now that it is more of a national story. Secondly, Scioscia addressed the Napoli issue a few weeks ago and he basically deflected it by pointing out that Naps actually doesn't catch very much for the Rangers.
The Story: If Mike Napoli Were Jeff Mathis.
The Monkey Says: At least someone is finally offering a humorous take on this otherwise tragic situation.
DiPoto is apparently interviewing with the Orioles for their GM job this weekend. Hopefully, our brass will be interviewing him soon as well. Cubs got Theo, BoSox will promote Cherington, but we still have to compete with the Os and most likely Houston. Would hate for the FO to be late to the dance and miss out on DiPoto, Coppolella, only to end up trading for Brian Sabean. Actually, there does seem to be lots of great candidates out there, but I'd be more comfortable if I heard that we had lined up interviews with more than just Oppenheimer and Eppler.
Is this like when the sentiment around baseball was that the Angels would sign Carl Crawford? I mean before the Red Sox lost their minds and threw WAY too much money at him, of course.
KLaw's answer to scioscialite was interesting but uninformative at the same time. He just said pretty much what Mr. The Monkey had already outlined to us earlier but with more words. I was interested with his idea that the candidate had to be well-rounded (or at least more well-rounded than Reagins). I also get the idea that an important quality will be (as described by MWaH) communication skills. Reagins seemed better suited to be an accountant or villainous actuarial than a GM.
Oh, good. More Napoli stories. You can't see too many of those. And you almost never see an underachiever get traded and then have a decent season or two. I still say the pumpkin will return. I loved some of KLaw's observations yesterday. "He almost never hits into a double play, he hits too many fly balls." Unless he's in an Angels uniform and it's an important situation, you mean.
@scioscialite Yes, I saw that the O's had been given permission to interview him yesterday (The day before? They all run together and I've been up since 1:45am). It may or may not be a matter of money, seems to me he spent some or most of his late playing and FO career west of the Mississippi so maybe his preference might be in this direction if he now has roots here. Either way, the Angels need to get on this before Wade gets the boot and there's another competitor. We can only hope those Yankees guys are for show or fumble the interview or something. Sabean? I just threw up in my mouth!
@scioscialite BTW, I don't remember seeing a story that the Angels had been given permission to interview DiPoto. Only the O's. Maybe I missed it.
@Rick K. Thank goodness, it looks like the Angels received permission to interview DiPoto per Mike DiGiovanna: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/10/angels-to-interview-d-backs-executive-jerry-dipoto-for-gm-job.html.
Yeah, Sabean would be bad. The GM acquisition of the Vernon Wells trade.