May 16 2013, 9:34pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
"If you're going to blame anyone, you've got to blame me. I'm the one at the end of the day that has the final call."
Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times emphasizes Moreno not only places blame on himself for his team's poor start, he is also blaming himself for the club's failure to make the postseason three years in a row and several high-priced moves that haven't paid off so far.
As per DiGiovanna, Moreno added:
"If everybody on the team was hitting .300, and the pitchers were undefeated, and all our relievers had done a good job and we'd made no errors, we wouldn't be in this conversation."
Despite the Angels' woes, a Yahoo! Sports feature by David Brown via Fox Sports quoted Moreno as saying there is "zero" chance of Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia being fired, who has been with the organization in the same capacity for 14 years and is signed through 2018. Brown also says Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's job is safe.
CBS Sports was able to get Moreno's thoughts regarding Scioscia:
"Mike has zero problems, OK? 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. You don't have to ask me. You just ask other managers, other baseball people. 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."
As of May 16, Moreno's Los Angeles Angels are fourth in the American League West with a record of 15-25 (.375). The team currently ranks 17th in the majors with 167 runs through 40 games, according to ESPN stats. The Angels' pitching is second-to-last in the entire league as of May 16 with a 4.77 ERA. In terms of fielding, the team is currently 25th overall with 28 errors.
Moreno was the one who orchestrated the signing of first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240-million deal before 2012. The LA Times' DiGiovanna also reports it was the owner who let Torii Hunter become a free agent and pulled out of the bidding on pitcher Zack Greinke. Moreno also orchestrated right fielder and former Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton's move to Los Angeles via a five-year, $125-million deal which was struck last December.
It is still relatively early in the MLB season and Arte Moreno is blaming himself for his team's slow start. Angels fans can only hope their ballclub starts to get it going one at-bat and one out at a time to turn their fortunes around.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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