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Michael Lorri Scioscia

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[edit] Biographical Information

Mike Scioscia had a long major league career as a catcher and currently is a successful manager.

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He was signed as the first round pick in the 1976 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and scout John O'Neil. He made his big league debut in 1980 and was the Dodgers regular catcher for a decade. He was signed by the San Diego Padres after the 1992 season but suffered a torn rotator cuff the following year in spring training and never played for the Padres. He attempted a comeback with the Texas Rangers in 1994 but retired before making it to the majors.

After his playing career ended, Scioscia was a Los Angeles Dodgers coach in 1997 and 1998, under former teammate Bill Russell. In 1999, he managed the Albuquerque Dukes and has been manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 2000, leading the club to a World Series victory in 2002.

He was one of the slowest runners in major league baseball. As Tommy Lasorda once said: "If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third."

He appeared in The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat".

His son Matt Scioscia was drafted in the 2007 amateur draft.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1989 & 1990)
  • Won two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981 & 1988)
  • 2-time AL Manager of the Year Award (2002 & 2009)
  • Division Titles: 5 (2004, 2005 & 2007-2009)
  • Other Post-season Appearances: 1 (2002 Wild Card)
  • AL Pennants: 1 (2002)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the Anaheim Angels in 2002
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (2008)


Preceded by
Joe Maddon
Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels Manager
2000-
Succeeded by
current

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1999 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League 65-74 11th (t) Los Angeles Dodgers
2000 Anaheim Angels American League 82-80 3rd Anaheim Angels
2001 Anaheim Angels American League 75-87 3rd Anaheim Angels
2002 Anaheim Angels American League 99-63 2nd Anaheim Angels Won World Series
2003 Anaheim Angels American League 77-85 3rd Anaheim Angels
2004 Anaheim Angels American League 92-70 1st Anaheim Angels Lost ALDS
2005 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 95-67 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost ALCS
2006 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 89-73 2nd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 94-68 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost ALDS
2008 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 100-62 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost ALDS
2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 97-65 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost ALCS
2010 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 80-82 3rd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2011 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 86-76 2nd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2012 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 89-73 3rd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2013 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League 78-84 3rd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2014 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

[edit] Further Reading

  • Mike Scioscia (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, January 1994, pp. 61-62. [1]
  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Catcher Mike Scioscia", Baseball Digest, May 1991, p. 45. [2]

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