On the occasional slow day when he worked for the
It was "Seinfeld," with reruns on constantly, and Eppler found the mutual laughter it engendered productive for his relationship with the Yankees longtime manager. Now, in his first
It need not be a sitcom. So far, their relationship has relied on steady ribbing from both sides. It is a relationship both men maintain is working wonderfully four months into its existence.
Former Angels GM
"Healthy disagreements are a good thing," Dipoto said in an
Dipoto made a point of saying his new situation in Seattle is disparate. He hired former Angels assistant GM Scott Servais as the manager there, and the contrast in their relationship is striking, he said. In Anaheim, Dipoto frequently found himself in between Scioscia and Angels owner
"There were times when it was very difficult to do the job that I was asked to do because I was caught in between perhaps two different dynamics," Dipoto said. "And I would say the same of them: I had some different ideas that maybe they weren't as comfortable with."
Moreno arrived at Angels camp Friday, addressed the players he pays and watched two-plus hours of their workouts while talking to several team executives at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He then declined to answer questions from The Times.
"I'm good," he said.
Moreno did agree to a lengthy interview with an MLB.com reporter.
Made aware of Dipoto's remarks, Scioscia said he was uninterested in closure.
"I think there were certainly times that you are not going to agree on everything," Scioscia said. "I I think there were times when the communication was there, maybe times where it wasn't what it could have been. But I'm not looking back."
Scioscia brought up Bill Stoneman and
"I think you have to have that free-flowing of ideas," he said. "I think at times we did."
Eppler is intent on having it more often by establishing a culture of communication. He is as intent about creating a culture of statistical analysis in the organization. He talks about "a lot of openness." He talks about being a farm-to-table, "fully organic" organization, growing everything in-house, from coaches to executives.
As a means to the latter end, he hired a director of quantitative analysis, Jon Luman, in December, from a pool of roughly 10 candidates he researched extensively. Then, this month, Angels hired five people to fill out the department: two programmers, two analysts and an intern.
The Angels had never before employed a full-time analytics staffer. The Yankees employ nine. That, in time, is Eppler's goal, but he cautioned against too much too fast.
The Angels returned left-hander