As the Los Angeles Angels’ 2015 season came to an unceremonious end on Sunday, longtime manager Mike Scioscia’s future now comes into question, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes.
Scioscia, 56, now has the opportunity to opt-out of the final three years and $18 million dollars remaining on his contract. But after Fletcher spoke to Scioscia regarding his future, the Angels’ skipper offered little in the form of an answer.
“I’m going to see. I’m not going to comment on anything.”
A former 13-year catcher in Major League Baseball, Scioscia transitioned into a managerial role in 2000 with the Angels. In 2002, the Angels were able to end a 16-year drought of postseason baseball. Not only did they end the drought, the team was able to win the 2002 World Series under Scioscia’s tutelage.
He has remained the team’s manager since then, making him the longest-tenured manager in the league.
In the 16 years he’s managed the Angels, Scioscia has compiled a record of 1,416-1,176 (.547). But as successful as the team has been under his guidance, Scioscia could choose to leave his post after the controversy that transpired earlier this season. The controversy with former GM Jerry Dipoto marked the latest series of dysfunction in Anaheim.
As Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times wrote, the controversy between Scoscia and Dipoto became a big distraction that only extended Angels’ owner Arte Moreno’s long-list of questionable choices. Dipoto and Scioscia were reportedly at odds over Scioscia not properly relaying statistical information to his players.