So, Scioscia and Dipoto are staying together, presumably for the good of the kids. Their relationship is damaged and they aren't really in love anymore (if they ever were to begin with), but they are going to stick it out for the greater good. They are going to try one last time work through their differences to try and get back to a place where everyone can be happy. As with many fractured relationships, there isn't just one big issue driving a wedge between the two men, but rather a few key areas where they must work together to start patching things up.
The only reason I had thought that the Angels should've considered firing Scioscia was the way this team dealt with the pressure of high expectations. On multiple occasions, Angel players, including Mike Trout, admitted that the team playing was too tight and feeling the pressure. There were also plenty of rumors of this causing unrest in the clubhouse. I fail to see how letting Scioscia, and to a lesser extent Dipoto, twist in the wind for weeks before deciding to keep them is going to alleviate that pressure.
The way in which the retention of Scioscia and Dipoto was handled made it perfectly clear that they are both on thin ice. If the 2014 season starts going wrong, one or both could very well get fired. Scioscia and Dipoto know this and so do all of the guys in the clubhouse. It is up to Scioscia to find a way to help them deal with that pressure, but that is a tall order when they all know the pressure is actually on Scioscia. The problem is that it has been Scioscia's job to relieve that pressure the last two seasons and he has thus far failed to do so.
Maybe in some weird way having Scioscia on the wobbly chair will somehow redirect the pressure on the players towards Scioscia and allow them to loosen up, but maybe it will only increase the pressure on the players as they once again try to do too much in an effort to spare their skipper from the chopping block. The bottom line is that this is a deep-rooted cultural issue right now and it is going to take a unified effort from Scioscia, Dipoto, Moreno and every player on the roster to change that culture.no comments