September 21, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) watches game action in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Reports say there is tension between the leadership of the Los Angeles Angels with the club currently sitting outside of the AL playoff picture.
After a summer of headline-grabbing acquisitions, the Los Angeles Angels are in danger of missing the playoffs. And now, as could be expected, the man who financed the offseason signings, Owner Arte Moreno, is reportedly unhappy with those running his team.
Two different national MLB columnists, Fox's Ken Rosenthal and CBS' Jon Heyman, published reports on Saturday about the relationships between Moreno, his club's General Manager Jerry Dipoto and longtime Manager Mike Scioscia.
Heyman says that Moreno is, "so upset with the Angels performance he is expressing unhappiness behind the scenes about the job performance of both legendary manager Mike Scioscia and heralded general manager Jerry Dipoto, people familiar with the situation say."
The Angels have not made the playoffs for the past two seasons and even with the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson plus the emergence of MVP candidate Mike Trout, the Halos are in third place in the AL West and 3½ games out of the Wild Card.
Both Rosenthal and Heyman cite sources that the relationship between Scioscia, who has managed the club since 2000, and Dipoto, who is in his first year as GM, is less than perfect.
As Rosenthal writes, "The communication between Scioscia and Dipoto is strained, and their relationship has teetered throughout the season and neared a breaking point on more than one occasion, according to sources."
The Angels have 11 games left in the 2012 regular season to make a push for a playoff spot and calm the rumors of unrest. Dan Haren takes the mound on Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox at 6:05 p.m. PT.