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Dipoto plans to spend the next few days in a detailed evaluation of the organization with Scioscia, whose stamp is all over the Angels’ roster. Dipoto agrees with Scioscia’s frequently declarations that the relationship between pitchers and catchers is the sport’s most important aspect, saying “90 percent of the game is happening within that 60 feet, 6 inches.”

They’ll make a slightly odd couple: With his wiry runner’s physique, Dipoto appears ready to head back to the mound any time, while Scioscia is a noted fan of Italian food and gracious living. The Angels’ future could depend on where they find common ground.

“I’m a fairly energetic person, and I expect that from the people around me,” Dipoto said. “I can’t wait for the opportunity to learn everything I can from Mike to get us back right where we should be.”