Mike Scioscia’s History too Rich Not to be Given Chance Next Year

Mike Scioscia

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All too often the manager of a Major League Baseball team gets the blame for the lackadaisical play of his team. It just happened with Charlie Manuel and the Philadelphia Phillies and it could happen this off-season for the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Scioscia is rumored to be on the chopping block by a few people here and there. I really don’t think that the suits for the Angels would blame the downer season on the manager though. I mean if someone should be blamed besides the players it should be the guy that hired them all together.

Honestly I am one of those people that always think the team itself and its players should take the blame. They are after all the ones playing badly. For the Angels this year it starts with the big man, Josh Hamilton who just has never gotten it going from a power standpoint. There are signs here and there of a spark but in large part he just isn’t having that good of a year. Is that Scioscia’s fault? Of course it isn’t.

I doubt many would want to give Scioscia credit for Mike Trout having another spectacular season so why would he get the blame for the slumps of the other hitters or the problems the team has had with injuries? I mean are we accusing him of repeatedly stomping on Albert Pujols’ foot here?

Here is what it comes down to. Scioscia should be judged on his performance. What has he done over the seasons that have come before? Oh he only has one World Series title, two Manager of the Year awards and one runner up. Nah, he stinks. It must be his fault that this one season they are stinking this badly. Come on. I trust that the GM and others in charge over there will not try to pull of what the Phillies did and blame Scioscia for the problems of the team.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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  • Ryan Taylor

    I am a Mike Scioscia fan, but he still needs to be held accountable for plenty of gaffs this season. He has mismanaged relief pitching on too many occasions, he has not encouraged base stealing, and he has allowed players to swing for the fences (and strike out) instead of simply trying to advance the runner. He has gotten away from “small ball” (that won a World Series), and his team isn’t suited for long ball….so, what’s the plan? And this is going to be the 4th year in a row that the Angels haven’t made the playoffs.

    • Ryan Schmidt

      agree 100% and I was a Scioscia fan. he OVERMANAGES.

    • David Miller Rant

      I’m not saying he has done nothing wrong but everything isn’t his fault for sure. I just think his record and history deserves one more year. If it keeps going wrong one more year and no lessons are learned this next season then I’d agree it’s time for everyone to part ways. What happens though if the Angels keep losing with the same team and Scioscia wins with his new one? Maybe the players need a little blame too you know? Good points though. Thanks for your comment.

      • Ryan Taylor

        I have no doubt that the players should be held accountable too. And without actually being in the clubhouse, it’s impossible to know for certain why the Angels are so broken. I also wish Scioscia success wherever he is…especially with the Angels. Unfortunately, I think that the Angels need a sea change. As much as I’d like that change to be Arte selling the team (to someone who would get rid of the “Los Angeles” part of the team name), I don’t think that is going to happen. With that said, the biggest shake up they can make is replacing Mike. I realize that some of his teams have over performed, and others have under performed, and he wasn’t entirely responsible for either situation. My main concern is that the Angels don’t really seem to have an “identity” lately, and I think that the manager should be an integral part in forming one. There are too many variables in a season to lay all of the blame in one place, but sometimes you just need change. Of course that change might just be that next season the Angels aren’t riddled with injuries, have awful hitting slumps, and can’t pitch or play defense?? If they can avoid those things, then anyone who is managing will be heralded as a genius. I’d love for that person to be Mike, but I’d be happy with whomever it is. ;)

  • Ryan Schmidt

    How many times are you going to give Mike Scioscia another year? Talented team last year, he screws up in April and May. Never accepts accountability. Team runs the bases like a little league team, his coaches are yes men. He is awful managing a pitching staff, taking out a hot pitcher just to make a pitching change and never learns from his mistakes.

    • David Miller Rant

      I think his track record owes him one more year. Thanks for your comment!

      • Ryan Schmidt

        he got one more year after screwing up May and June last season and had a loaded offense with Morales, Pujols, Trumbo, Trout. Plus the starters was suppose to be top in the league. Maybe its him and his staff. Have you seen the base running the last 3 years and his puzzling pitching moves? Enough is enough, should of hired Francona. Are you telling me Baltimore and Oakland had more talent then the Angels last year?

        • David Miller Rant

          Well, we all know that talent doesn’t always equal success in MLB, but admittedly that points to management issues at times. I’m not saying that he hasn’t flubbed here and there. I just think it has as much to do with the players as it does with him. From that POV, I think he should get one more year to see what he can do. Maybe GM could even tell him, “This is your last chance fella!” Or something like that.

  • Ryan Schmidt

    Angels should just clean house. Hire Eddie Bane as GM, should of hired Francona as manager now too late. Change name back to California Angels. David, last season we heard give Mike one more year. Clean house!