Billy Eppler rose through the New York Yankees front office as the reign of tempestuous owner George Steinbrenner wound down. He was no stranger to the clash of egos, personalities and opinions that can often strain an organization.
So he wasn't about to be intimidated by the turmoil that preceded him in Anaheim when he took the Angels general manager job in early October.
Jerry Dipoto resigned as GM on July 1 amid renewed friction with Manager Mike Scioscia, a dispute many characterized as a "power struggle" between an analytics-minded executive and a rigid old-school manager.
Three months later, with Scioscia the clear victor and still firmly in place as...