Is Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Scioscia’s Job in Jeopardy?

By Michael Terrill
Is Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Scioscia’s Job in Jeopardy
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As productive as Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been over the years, there is a chance his time with the organization could be coming to an end. Fans in Anaheim have seen enough of the disappointing performance from the talented players on the team. For that reason, the Angels must make a change immediately following the 2013 season. Whether it is in the coaching staff and/or the front office, there is no question Scioscia’s job could be in jeopardy.

Los Angeles is nine games under .500 with 19 to play this season. After the Angels finished in fourth place in the American League West division with an 89-73 record in 2012, the organization has to do something to shake things up considering not much has changed this year.

Owner Arte Moreno made it very clear back in May that Scioscia would not have to worry about his job. Many thought the manager should be fired after the team began the season 15-25 through their first 40 games. However, Moreno backed Scioscia with the belief that the season could be salvaged.

“Mike has zero problems, OK?” Moreno said in May, according to “This is his 14th year. Mike goes beyond what he does on the field. He’s a good person. He’s a good person in the community, a very good baseball guy. You don’t have to ask me. You just ask other managers, other baseball people.

“Look at 14 years’ worth of productivity. Look at his record. He has two World Series rings with the (Los Angeles) Dodgers. He has one with the Angels (in 2002). We’ve been to the playoffs.”

Considering the Angels are staring at another season without making the playoffs despite having the sixth-highest payroll in all of baseball does not bode well for Scioscia. One has to imagine that Moreno has already changed his mind on his stance. Even though it is very plausible that Scioscia will keep his job following the season, he will certainly be on thin ice in 2014. Regardless, it is very likely someone will lose his job.

What do you think? Should Los Angeles part ways with Scioscia after failing to inspire the team to play at a high level?

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