Michael Lorri Scioscia
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.
- School Pennsylvania State University
- High School Springfield (PA) High School
- Debut April 20, 1980
- Final Game October 2, 1992
- Born November 27, 1958 in Upper Darby, PA USA
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 continued to lead the Angels over the following decade, returning to the postseason regularly, but failing to advance deep into the postseason, with two losses in the ALCS, in 2005 and 2009 being the best results. In 2015, rumors surfaced of a conflict with General Manager Jerry Dipoto, apparently because Dipoto wanted the organization to move to a more statistics driven approach, while Scioscia was in favor of a more traditional one. He won that struggle as Dipoto handed his resignation on July 1st.
In early August 2018, with the Angels already virtully eliminated from playoff contention, rumors began to circulate that Scioscia had already decided to retire at the end of the season. He quickly threw cold water on these rumors, saying nothing had changed and that he would address the issue of his future at the end of the season. The question remained whether he was still the best man to lead the Angels going forward in the future as he was more and more seen as a relic of the "old-school" manager relying on his instincts and gut feelings to make decisions, without the backing of statistical analysis.
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".
- 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: 6 (2004, 2005, 2007-2009 & 2014)
- 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)
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Year-By-Year Managerial Record
- Alden Gonzalez: "Scioscia-Dipoto dispute prompted by communication breakdowns", mlb.com, February 19, 2016. 
- Maria Guardado: "Scioscia nearing mentor on manager wins list: Angels skipper honored for link with Lasorda (20th all-time)", mlb.com, May 24, 2018. ]
- Casey Harrison: "Scioscia denies report he plans to step down", mlb.com, August 5, 2018. 
- Bob Nightengale: "Mike Scioscia hoped he could quietly step away as Angels manager", USA Today, August 5, 2018. 
- Mike Scioscia (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, January 1994, pp. 61-62. 
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Catcher Mike Scioscia", Baseball Digest, May 1991, p. 45.