Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Scioscia on the hot seat?
By Doug Mittler
Baseball’s longest tenured manager is Mike Scioscia, who has been at the helm of the Los Angeles Angels since 2000 and led the franchise its only World Series title in 2002.
We all know that the 2013 season has been anything but a fairy tale for a franchise that plays in the shadows of Disneyland, so could Scioscia’s job be in jeopardy? A hefty payroll and a 14-24 record only raises the heat on Scioscia, who has not taken his team to the postseason since 2009. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported Sunday that Angels owner Arte Moreno is “raging behind the scenes over his team’s poor play and can’t decide who to blame most, Scioscia or GM Jerry Dipoto.”
While the idea of a Scioscia firing once seemed almost impossible, it is no longer completely dismissed out of hand. But one Angels executive still is not convinced that Moreno would make such a bold move. “I doubt it. It’s Mike Scioscia,” the executive tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “Did he get dumb all of a sudden? Or do we have a few issues with our pitching and a couple of our big hitters?”
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times wrote last week that Scioscia could pay the price for his team's poor start.
One thing we do know - Scioscia will have little trouble getting a new job in 2014 if he and the Angels part ways. His roots are with the Dodgers, and a job could easily be waiting for him if Don Mattingly is not retained.