Jerry Dipoto : Angels General Manager abruptly resigns

Jerry Dipoto : Angels General Manager abruptly resigns

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday amid reports of a fractured relationship with longtime manager Mike Scioscia.

“I am not leaving a disgruntled employee, throwing stones on my way out the door,” Dipoto told the Orange County Register.

“I love the group. I really do. I hope the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we made the last 3 1/2 years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person.”

Dipoto told The Register Wednesday his resignation was not caused by “a singular event.”

“This is about what’s right for me and right for my family, and frankly, what’s right for the Angels,” Dipoto told The Register.

Scioscia told reporters “there’s never been a power struggle.”

“I understand what the role of a manager is in an organization,” Scioscia said. “I’m hard-headed, I have my opinions. There was no ego, no power struggle. I can only speak for myself, that’s just not the case.”

Former general manager Bill Stoneman was appointed to replace Dipoto on an interim basis through the remainder of the 2015 season. Stoneman had most recently been an Angels senior adviser.

Stoneman had been general manager from Nov. 1, 1999 through Oct. 16, 2007, a tenure that included the Angels lone World Series championship.

Dipoto had been the Angels general manager since Oct. 29, 2011. The team had the best record in Major League Baseball in 2014, but entered today’s game against the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium with a 41-37 record, four games behind the American League West-leading Houston Astros.