Jerry Dipoto was introduced as the 11th General Manager in franchise history on October 29, 2011. The former big league pitcher oversees all aspects of the club's baseball operations on both the Major and Minor League levels.
Dipoto's impact on the Angels was immediate, acquiring landmark free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the same day (Dec. 10) during the 2011 MLB Winter Meetings. In the week leading up to the meetings, he acquired LHP Brad Mills from Toronto (for Jeff Mathis) and C Chris Iannetta from Colorado (for RHP Tyler Chatwood). Dipoto did little to slow down during his sophmore offseason as Angels General Manager. After spending the intial weeks of the winter bolstering the club's bullpen with the likes of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett, he shocked the baseball world for the second straight season by signing the offseason's most coveted free agent, 2010 A.L. MVP Josh Hamilton. Overall, Dipoto has added players to the Halo roster who have won four MVP awards, four World Series, a Cy Young Award and a Rookie of the Year.
The Jersey City native began his professional playing career with the Cleveland Indians after being selected in the third round of the 1989 First-Year Player draft and made his Major League debut on May 11, 1993 for the Tribe. During a career that included time with the Indians (1993-94), New York Mets (1995-96) and Colorado Rockies (1997-2000), Dipoto compiled a 27-24 record with 49 saves and a 4.05 ERA. Forced to retire during spring training 2001 due to a bulging disc in his neck, Dipoto was immediately appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Rockies.
Dipoto's front office experience continued with two seasons working in the Scouting Department for the Boston Red Sox from 2003-04 before returning to Colorado as Director of Player Personnel in 2005. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2006 season as VP, Player Personnel and was responsible for the organization's scouting efforts and evaluation of players at all levels. On July 1, 2010 he was appointed interim General Manager of the D-Backs and retained that position until the eventual hiring of Kevin Towers.
Upon his selection in the leadership role, Dipoto was active prior to the trading deadline, making four trades for Arizona that would eventually play a key role in the success of the 2011 Western Division Champion Diamondbacks. He acquired All-Star left-hander Joe Saunders and three other pitchers from the Angels in exchange for right-hander Dan Haren on July 25th, then later traded right-hander Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for rookie pitcher Daniel Hudson on July 30th.
Also included in the transactions were left-handed pitching prospects Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin, both top draft selections by the Angels in 2009, and left-hander David Holmberg, ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the White Sox organization. He also moved Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh in a five-player trade and Chad Qualls to Tampa Bay for minor-league pitcher Matt Gorgen on July 31.
Dipoto played high school baseball at Toms River High School North in New Jersey and pitched collegiately for Virginia Commonwealth from 1987-89, leading VCU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. Dipoto remains among the top-10 in school history in many pitching categories.
Dipoto, 43, makes his home in Newport Beach, Calif. with his wife Tamie, daughters, Taylor and Jordan, and son, Jonah.
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