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Rift between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia exists despite denial, per report

Dipoto appears like the odd man out in the Angels organization.


There is a rift in the Los Angeles Angels organization between manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto despite Scioscia's denial, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported that the duo had "philosophical differences" that has led the Angels to believe that one of the two must be replaced before next season. Scioscia denied Morosi's report, and told reporters that the the two men's philosophies are "in line."

Passan refutes Scioscia's claim, stating that Dipoto's reliance on statistics has increased the rift. The general manager is more likely to receive a pink slip, according to Passan, since he is under contract through 2014 while Scioscia is signed through 2018.

The Angels enter Monday with a disappointing 58-71 record, 16 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Los Angeles signed Josh Hamilton last offseason after signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson the previous offseason, but will fail to clinch a playoff berth for the fourth straight year.

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