Monday, June 24, 2013
Scioscia's job security
By Doug Mittler
Only the Houston Astros are keeping the Los Angeles Angels (33-43) out of the AL West basement. There was some buzz recently that the mounting number of defeats, including a brutal 10-9 setback to the Pirates Sunday in which the bullpen squandered a three-run lead in the ninth, may be putting Mike Scioscia’s job in jeopardy.
That is news to Arte Moreno.
The Angels owner tells Bob Nightengale of USA Today that Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are not in danger of losing their jobs, adding that evaluations will be made in the offseason. "Mike has earned an opportunity to get this thing straightened out," says Moreno.
Scioscia, currently baseball's longest-tenured manager with 14 seasons on the job, has a $5 million-a-year contract through 2018. That may seem like a lot, but it is a relatively small portion of the organization payroll given the deals to Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. If Moreno does make a change, money is unlikely to be an issue.