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Billy Eppler has smoother path with Mike Scioscia, unlike Jerry Dipoto

Billy Eppler has smoother path with Mike Scioscia, unlike Jerry Dipoto

On the occasional slow day when he worked for the New York Yankees, Billy Eppler liked to make his way over to Joe Girardi's office and settle in for an episode of their favorite television show.

It was "Seinfeld," with reruns on constantly, and Eppler found the mutual laughter it engendered productive for his relationship with the Yankees longtime manager. Now, in his first spring training in charge, the new Angels general manager is trying to find an off-the-field equivalent he shares in common with deep-rooted Manager Mike Scioscia.

It need not be a sitcom. So far, their relationship has relied on steady ribbing...

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