Jerry Dipoto

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Jerry Dipoto
Pitcher
Born: (1968-05-24) May 24, 1968 (age 47)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 11, 1993 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 2000 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 27–24
Earned run average 4.05
Strikeouts 352
Teams

Gerard Peter Dipoto (born May 24, 1968) is an American former professional baseball player and an executive. He played in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Colorado Rockies from 1993 through 2000. He served as interim general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and as the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2011 until he resigned during the 2015 season.

Early life[edit]

Dipoto was born to Gerard & Barbara Dipoto and has two siblings, Marc Dipoto and Lori Dipoto-Dorsey. He played high school baseball at Toms River High School North in Toms River, New Jersey. He enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and played college baseball for the VCU Rams.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

The Cleveland Indians selected Dipoto in the third round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut in 1993.

After the 1994 season, the Indians traded Dipoto with Paul Byrd, Dave Mlicki and a player to be named later (minor leaguer Jesus Azuaje) to the New York Mets for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa.[1]

After the 1996 season, he was traded by the Mets to the Colorado Rockies for Armando Reynoso.

Front office career[edit]

In 2003 he became a scout for the Boston Red Sox, and in 2004 was a part of the World Series winning team as a scout. In 2005 he became the head of the scouting department for the Colorado Rockies. When Josh Byrnes, who Jerry had known since his days as a Rockies player became the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went with Byrnes to Arizona and became the Director of Scouting and Player Personnel.

Byrnes was fired on July 1, 2010 and Dipoto was named interim General Manager.[2] On September 22, Kevin Towers was named the new Diamondbacks General Manager. Dipoto was offered the opportunity to remain with the Diamondbacks.[3]

On October 28, 2011, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced Dipoto would be their next general manager, replacing Tony Reagins.[4] Angels' owner Arte Moreno said that "one of the reasons we hired Jerry is that I really liked the way he viewed baseball analytics." However, Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia disagreed regarding the use of analytics in baseball decisions,[5] and a rift developed between the two when Dipoto fired Mickey Hatcher from the role of the team's hitting coach.[6] Despite rumors that the Angels might replace either Dipoto or Scioscia after the 2013 season,[7] Moreno announced that both would return to the Angels for the 2014 season.[8]

Tension between Dipoto and Scioscia continued during the 2015 season regarding the way Scioscia and his coaches delivered statistical reports developed by Dipoto and the front office to their players.[9] Dipoto resigned his post on July 1, 2015, despite efforts from the Angels to convince him to stay.[10]

Personal[edit]

He and his wife, Tamie, have three children: Taylor, Jordan, and Jonah. He is also a thyroid cancer survivor, having undergone curative thyroid surgery in 1994.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frey, Jennifer (November 19, 1994). "BASEBALL; Mets Trade Burnitz to Indians for Pitching". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Diamondbacks make it official: GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch out - Daily Pitch: MLB News, Standings, Schedules & More - USATODAY.com". Content.usatoday.com. July 1, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Futures of Gibson, Dipoto to be decided soon | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (October 28, 2011). "Angels pick Jerry Dipoto as new general manager". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports (September 22, 2014). "Angels found harmony when Moreno said 'go figure it out'". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dipoto decides to step down as Angels GM". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mike Scioscia of Los Angeles Angels refutes rift with GM Jerry Dipoto". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Scioscia, Dipoto to return in 2014". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/west/story/los-angeles-angels-players-react-to-reported-rift-between-front-office-and-mike-scioscia-063015
  10. ^ Digiovanna, Mike (July 1, 2015). "Jerry Dipoto resigns as Angels general manager". LA Times. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ RELIEVED RELIEVER METS' DIPOTO GETS WIN OVER CANCER

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Preceded by
Josh Byrnes
Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager
2010
July 1 – September 22
Succeeded by
Kevin Towers
Preceded by
Tony Reagins
Los Angeles Angels General Manager
2011–2015
Succeeded by
TBA