It has been an open secret that the Mike Scioscia era with the Angels could very well come to a close at the end of the 2018 regular season. While Scioscia is a two-time Manager of the Year and brought a World Series title to the organization, Scioscia had found himself more and more at odds with the analytical approaches that have become important in this day and age and he has rumored to be at odds with officials in the Angels’ front office for a while now.
At the conclusion of the last game of the Angels’ season, Scioscia made what has long been expected official.
Mike Scioscia announces he will not return to the Angels.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 30, 2018
Scioscia leaves the Angels with a 1648-1427 record as a manager along with Manager of the Year titles from 2002 and 2009. The 2002 season was a particular high point for Scioscia as not only did he take down American League Manager of the Year honors, but he also piloted the Angels to the organization’s only World Series championship.
However many accolades Scioscia has accumulated in his career, he will be remembered as much for those as for the Angels’ inability to do more. The Angels, for a big chunk of Scioscia’s tenure with the team, were big spenders on the free agent market with the acquisition of Albert Pujols and others to compliment the best player in baseball in Mike Trout. Unfortunately, some busts and injuries on the free agent and trade front combined with a pitching staff that always seemed to be mediocre at best despite who was on the mound ultimately prevented the Angels from doing more.
Expect Scioscia to at least explore managing for another organization next season. Scioscia has already hinted that he wants to manage next year and with his track record combined with some expected vacancies across the league, his name is bound to come up.