Anaheim,  CA (Sports  Network) – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim named
Jerry DipLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim oto as their new general manager on Saturday.

Dipoto, who signed a five-year contract, replaces former general manager Tony
Reagins, who resigned on September 30 after four years on the job.

“At the outset of this process, we felt it was important to find an individual
who can evaluate talent, manage our entire baseball operations system,
incorporate  analytical thinking  and possesses  solid
communication  skills,” Angels  owner Arte Moreno said in a statement
released by the team. “I believe with the hiring of Jerry we have done just

The  43-year-old Dipoto  had an  eight-year stint  in the
majors as  a relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and
Colorado Rockies before a neck injury ended his career.

He  started  his front-office career  as a scout with  the Boston Red Sox
from 2003-04  before becoming the Colorado Rockies’ director of player
personnel in 2005.

In  2006,  Dipoto moved to  the Arizona Diamondbacks  as the vice president of
player  personnel and  served as  the D-Backs  interim GM  in 2010  after Josh
Byrnes was fired.

He  stayed with  the Diamondbacks organization despite being replaced by
Kevin Towers  after interviewing for the full-time general manager job last
year and was the vice president of scouting and player development for the
2011 NL West Champion Diamondbacks.

“What  a thrill this is,” Dipoto said. “I am excited and honored to be part of
one  of the premier franchises in baseball. The club’s success in the last 10
years  isn’t  just notable, it  has catapulted the Angels  into one of the top
organizations  in baseball.  We  want to  continue the  success  here with  an
increased  focus on  scouting  and  player development.  We  will always
have championship expectations.”

Copyright © 2011 Metro Networks Inc. 

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