Los Angeles Angels: 5 Manager Candidates to Possibly Replace Mike Scioscia

James ShimCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2012

Los Angeles Angels: 5 Manager Candidates to Possibly Replace Mike Scioscia

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    Mike Scioscia is currently the longest-tenured manager of the major leagues. However, that may soon change as the Angels have not lived up to their hype this season. 

    By adding C.J. Wilson and Zack Greinke, they arguably have the best pitching staff in the whole league to go along with Albert Pujols and rookie phenom Mike Trout. 

    Despite being stacked, the Angels find themselves third in the AL West and a game and a half out of the wild card race.

    With the playoffs right around the corner, the Angles must make a run to get into the postseason, or else Mike Scioscia may find himself looking for another clubhouse to join.  

    As the Angels are unafraid to make a change for a "new voice" in the clubhouse, here are five potential candidates to replace Scioscia. 

1. Terry Francona

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    Responsible for the Red Sox winning their first World Series since 1918, Francona led the historic franchise to two World Series titles while he was there (2004, 2007). 

    Francona clearly has experience winning games, as he showed during in his tenure in Boston.

    However, Francona has been criticized for not instilling discipline in his teams (see Red Sox beer scandal).

    Regardless, he still has two World Series trips and and plenty of playoff experience under his belt. In 2004, he was praised for his ability to motivate a veteran team and win the World Series. 

    A talented team like the Angels would only benefit from an experienced manager in Francona, who can help the Angels produce.

2. Mike Maddux

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    Currently the pitching coach of the Texas Rangers, Mike Maddux was responsible for lowering Texas' team ERA from 5.37 in 2008 to 3.87 this season. 

    Maddux has had undeniable success in Texas as a pitching coach, and one area where the Angels have struggled is in pitching.

    With arguably the best rotation in all of baseball, the Angels are still ranked 17th overall in ERA with 4.03. 

    They have not struggled offensively, but the Angels pitching has not met expectations, so far. 

    Mike Maddux, who is the older brother of former superstar pitcher Greg Maddux, would be a great mentor to the loaded pitching staff in Anaheim, and would be a viable candidate if Scioscia were to not return. 

3. Bob Brenly

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    The former Arizona Diamondbacks skipper was fired back in 2004 after starting the season 29-50.

    But prior to that he was responsible for leading a veteran team to two NL West titles and a World Series championship. 

    Much like Francona, Brenly is a proven winner who has experience in the postseason and knows the game as well as anybody. 

4. Tony La Russa

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    Although La Russa retired a champion last season, might he come back to chase another title? 

    With three World Series rings, La Russa is undoubtedly one of the greatest managers of all time. 

    Although La Russa is unlikely to come back to a major league dugout, the Angels would be a perfect fit for him. Not only is it a great overall team, with talent from top to bottom, but La Russa's former player Albert Pujols also plays for the Angels. 

    No matter how unlikely, it is still an interesting thought to ponder. 

5. Bobby Valentine

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    With all the drama that has surrounded Boston this season, it would be no surprise if Valentine did not return to the Red Sox. 

    With that in mind, he may just take his talents to the West Coast and replace Scioscia if anything. Valentine was responsible for the Mets only back-to-back playoff trips. 

    With a team composed of nothing but role players and Mike Piazza, Valentine was able to get the most out of his players and lead them to the postseason in 1999 and 2000. 

    With a team as as loaded as the Angels, a coach like Valentine would be a good choice, as he is capable of getting the most production from his players.