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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Angels had 'aggressive' meetings

By Arash Markazi
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with the front office for several days before it was determined that he would return for the 2014 season along with general manager Jerry Dipoto.

"We had some really aggressive meetings these last 10 days, and I met with [Angels owner] Arte [Moreno] and [Angels president] John Carpino and Jerry, and there's no doubt we're on the same page," Scioscia told ESPNLA 710 on Tuesday. "There's no doubt there's no philosophical differences. We just have to figure out a way to get it done better and more effectively and move our organization ahead. Jerry Dipoto and I, we don't agree on everything. No GM and manager agree on everything.

scioscia One thing about me is I'm hard-headed, I'm opinionated and I'm going to stand up for what I think is right, and you put four guys who are hard-headed in the same room and are opinionated, and you can look at that as conflict but it really isn't in baseball terms.

-- Mike Scioscia

"One thing about me is I'm hard-headed, I'm opinionated and I'm going to stand up for what I think is right, and you put four guys who are hard-headed in the same room and are opinionated, and you can look at that as conflict but it really isn't in baseball terms."

Scioscia, who has five years and $27 million left on his contract, and Dipoto, who has one year left on his contract, both were told they would be retained next season following the meetings.

The Angels missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season and finished 78-84, their second losing record in 10 years. The disappointing season cost bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard their jobs.

"We all have to be accountable, and there are certainly some decisions that I made this year and some guys were played and went about some roles that didn't work out, and you have to be accountable for that," Scioscia said. "We did find some chemistry later in the season and played the way we can, but all in all, you can't turn your back on it and bury your head in the sand and say, 'Hey, it's not my fault.' We all have a piece of it. If you're not part of the solution and you're not moving the team ahead, moves are going to be made. From my own perspective, I'm up for the challenge. I love it with the Angels, I love our organization, we have an aggressive owner that gives us the tools to do what we want to do. I'm ready for that challenge."

As Scioscia watches the postseason unfold from home, he is hopeful the Angels can have a turnaround similar to that of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are playing in the American League Championship Series after finishing last season with a 69-93 record and missing the postseason the past three years.

"Hopefully we're going to make the adjustments we need to next year to do what Boston did," Scioscia said. "If you look at what Boston did last year, those guys were buried. They made some incredible moves and had an incredible turnaround and got the team chemistry together and had a great offensive year mixed in with terrific pitching, and we have the potential to do that, and that's what we're working towards and hopefully that's the story we're talking about next year at this time."

After signing Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton to $440 million worth of contracts over the previous two offseasons and having one of the highest payrolls in baseball, the Angels figured to contend for a World Series title but that has yet to happen. After falling short, Scioscia said he understood why there was constant speculation surrounding his job.

"When a team doesn't meet expectations, there's going to be chatter out there," Scioscia said. "It's the nature of the game. If you eventually are not doing your job to help the team going in the right direction or have the team playing up to its potential, someone else gets a chance. That's the nature of it, and there's always going to be talk around it and chatter."