ARLINGTON, Texas -- A long and frustrating Angels season came to an end with a 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon, which means the drama is just about to begin.
After a fourth consecutive season of missing the playoffs, the Angels will be undergoing a roster shakeup as they try to get back into contention next season.
The changes might start at the top, with Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto both in jeopardy of losing their jobs.
Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000 and has five years left on his deal, said he has heard nothing so far.
"I haven't heard one way or the other, really," Scioscia said before Sunday's game. "I'm sure that at some point they are going to let us know."
Dipoto, who has one year left on his contract, said Thursday that he would not address any speculation about his job.
Scioscia said he understands the scrutiny that has come his way, and he accepted some responsibility for the team's poor finish.
"We're all accountable for some things that haven't worked out, and I certainly am," Scioscia said. "I think there are some things that, through the rear-view mirror, you can look at and say that wasn't the direction we needed to go."
Scioscia would not elaborate on what decisions he regretted.
"There are some things, I think, that I know I need to look in the mirror and understand and be accountable for," Scioscia said. "And there are some things that are just a part of a major league season."
The Angels got off to another slow start and spent the season trying to dig out of a hole. They got within two games of .500 on several occasions, including September, but they could not get over the hump. They finished 78-84, their most losses since 2003.
While there was much focus on the struggles of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, Scioscia has repeatedly insisted that the main reason for the poor season was the pitching.
The Angels lost two of their top three starters -- Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas -- for about two months apiece while they were on the disabled list. Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton failed to live up to their modest expectations. Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson, two pitchers expected to bolster the bullpen, provided almost nothing because of injuries.
"You have to pitch at a certain level, and you can't out-hit pitching that's not performing," Scioscia said.
Offensively, the Angels got another year of star-level production out of Mike Trout, and they saw J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun emerge as promising rookies.
Keyed by young players like Trout, Calhoun and Garrett Richards, the Angels won 23 of 32 games down the stretch to salvage some respectability for their season. Then they lost all four games in the final series at Texas, ending a disappointing season in appropriate fashion.
"We came together as a team in the second half, played the way we're supposed to be playing," Trout said. "It's frustrating, but it's another year over. We have to think about the positives and go into the spring."
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