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Gerard Peter Dipoto III

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Jerry Dipoto, more famous as a General Manager, pitched eight years in the majors as a reliever. He was in the American League in 1993 and 1994 and in the National League in 1995-2000. He had 49 saves with a peak of 19 in 1998, when he was pitching for the Colorado Rockies.

His minor league career started in 1989, and he went 12-4 in 1990 as a starter. He was converted to relief in 1992.

Dipoto was born in New Jersey and went to high school there, and then attended Virginia Commonwealth University right after Jim Austin was there and right before Mark Strittmatter was there.

Former pitcher Dipoto was hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks Director of Player Personnel and Director of Professional Scouting on November 1, 2005. He later was promoted to Vice-President. On July 1, 2010, he was named interim General Manager, replacing Josh Byrnes. He was named GM of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in October of 2011, replacing Tony Reagins. He did not wait long to make a splash: on December 8th, he announced two huge free agent signings, 1B Albert Pujols for 10 years and $254 million, and P C.J. Wilson for 5 years and $77.5 million. Another big signing, that of OF Josh Hamilton the following year, did not turn out so well as Hamilton was injured, saw his production decline, and then suffered a relapse of substance abuse problems. In the the end, the Angels had to swallow a large percentage of his contract to send him back to the Texas Rangers in early 2015. On July 1st that year, Dipoto resigned abruptly over rumored differences with manager Mike Scioscia; it was stated that Dipoto wanted the organization to turn more towards statistical analysis, while Scioscia had a more old school approach. The long-time manager won out, and Dipoto was replaced on an interim basis by former GM Bill Stoneman.

In August of 2015, Dipoto joined the Boston Red Sox organization on a short-term consulting contract to work with GM Ben Cherington on evaluating players in the context of the team's need to rebuild as it was heading to a third last-place finish in four years (with the caveat that the one year they had not finished last during that span, in 2013, they had won the World Series). He had earlier worked for the Red Sox as a scout back in 2003-2004. On September 28th he was hired as the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners, taking over for interim GM Jeff Kingston who had filled in following the firing of Jack Zduriencik a month earlier.

Preceded by
Josh Byrnes
Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager
Succeeded by
Kevin Towers
Preceded by
Tony Reagins
Los Angeles Angels General Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Stoneman
Preceded by
Jeff Kingston
Seattle Mariners General Manager
Succeeded by

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