Arte Moreno has placed blame for the team's brutal 2013 start, its failure to make the playoffs for three straight years and several high-priced moves that have paid minimal dividends on the one person the Angels owner can't fire: Himself. "If you're going to blame anyone, you've got to blame me," Moreno told FoxSports.com on Wednesday in New York, where he is attending the owners' meetings. "I'm the one at the end of the day that has the final call." Moreno orchestrated the signing of first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240-million deal before 2012. And it was Moreno who, after letting Torii Hunter become a free agent and pulling out of the bidding for free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, flew to Texas to close a five-year, $125-million deal for right fielder Josh Hamilton last December. Hamilton entered Wednesday with a .214 average, five homers and 12 runs batted in. Pujols was hitting .242 with six homers and 22 RBIs. The slumps were putting a drag on a team that had baseball's third-worst record (15-24) through Tuesday. The commitment to Hamilton also prevented General Manager Jerry Dipoto from spending more freely to upgrade a pitching staff that entered Wednesday with a 4.66 earned-run average, third-worst in the American League. Which is why it wasn't too surprising that Moreno said the jobs of Manager Mike Scioscia, who is signed through 2018, and Dipoto, in his second year as GM, are safe for now. "Right now, zero," Moreno said, when asked the chances of an in-season change of managers. "This is his 14th year. Mike goes beyond what he does on the field. He's a good person. He's a good person in the community, a very good baseball guy. "Look at 14 years' worth of productivity. Look at his record. He has two World Series rings with the Dodgers. He has one with the Angels. We've been to the playoffs."
Owner Arte Moreno willing to take blame for Angels' slow start
Los Angeles Times | May 16