As many of you know Mike Scioscia is the manager of the Angels. He has held his position there since 2000. But with his contract coming to an end in 2018, his future with the Angels is not very clear. Lets look at what Mike Scioscia’s options are and what he might do.
Mike Scioscia is the most successful manager in Angels history, leading them to their first and only World Series Championship in 2002. He has also led them to 6 American League West titles. He has compiled 1,355 career wins as a manager which is the 29th most of all time along with an above .500 winning percentage (.547 to be exact). In a time when there are so many managerial changes, he has outlasted every other manager in baseball.
The problem is that the Angels had their worst season since 1999 in 2016. Meaning it may be time for a change, possibly before the 2017 season.
This is what GM Billy Eppler said about Scioscia regarding him coming back in 2017.
“I have no reason to believe Mike wouldn’t be here managing our team next season,”said Eppler. “I think he’s done a great job. He’s dealt with multiple plates of adversity and handled them with energy and passion. He’s kept guys optimistic, driven, and I think that’s the mark of a good leader.”
This is what Owner Arte Moreno had to say on the matter. According to the article Angels Expect Mike Scioscia to Manage In 2017).
“I’m not going to say anything [definitive] because I haven’t sat down with Billy [Eppler] or Mike, but I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be [back],” said Moreno. “… He has a contract. My expectation is he will be here, but I haven’t sat down with him.”
Also, Arte Moreno does get defensive of Scioscia when asked if it is time to let him go, saying things such as: “it’s pretty hard to win when you have no pitching.” Arte Moreno is definitely going to try to bring Scioscia back in 2017.
It is safe to say that unless Scioscia wants to opt out of his contract, he will be wearing an Angels jersey for at least one more year.