Posted on August 5, 2018, by Bryan Zarpentine
The end of an era could be coming for the Los Angeles Angels. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, Angels manager Mike Scioscia is planning to step down at the end of the 2018 season. Scioscia has been the team’s manager since 2000 when the team was officially known as the Anaheim Angels. This is his 19th season with the club. But it now looks like it may be his last.
Scoscia is currently in the final year of his contract and he reportedly has no interest in signing an extension. Rosenthal reports that Scioscia is not being pressured by the front office to step down. However, Scioscia has denied the report that he will step down following the season. He says nothing has been determined yet.
“I am focused on this year and will talk to (Angels Owner) Arte (Moreno), (Angels President) John (Carpino), and (Angels GM) Billy (Eppler) after the season,” Scioscia said in a text message to ESPN‘s Alden Gonzalez on Saturday.
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Rosenthal’s report makes it unclear if Scioscia would want to pursue another managerial job if he leaves the Angels. After 19 years of managing a big league club, it would make sense for the soon-to-be-60-year-old Scoscia to want some time away from the game. However, he would seem to be young enough to still manage, even if he takes a year or two off. Of course, few would blame him if he decided to retire for good.
During his first 10 years as Angels manager, Scioscia and the team achieved great amounts of success. The Angels made the playoffs six times in those 10 years, including a World Series title in 2002. Scoscia took home Manager of the Year honors in both 2002 and 2009. In more than 3,000 games as a major league manager, Scoscia’s overall record is more than 200 games over .500.
However, the last nine years have been more of a struggle than Scioscia’s first 10 seasons at the helm. The Angels have finished with a winning record just four times in those nine seasons. They have just one playoff appearance in that span, a sweep at the hands of the Royals in the 2014 ALDS.
The last few seasons have been particularly trying for Scoscia and the Angels. The team has appeared to have the pieces to reach the postseason, especially with the presence of Mike Trout. However, a massive amount of injuries have held back the Angels time and time again, including this season. The Angels are currently two games under .500 and 11 games out of a playoff spot despite a promising start to the season.
If this is it for Scioscia’s career, he will have a resume that could make him a Hall of Fame candidate one day. Only five managers in baseball history have had a longer tenure with one team. Scoscia also ranks 18th on the all-time list for managerial wins. Nothing is official yet. But the end of an era could be less than two months away both for Scoscia and the Angels.