Los Angeles Angels: 5 Reasons Mike Scioscia Shouldn't Be Replaced This Offseason
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Even with a star-studded lineup that looks like a championship team on paper, the Angels are in danger of missing their third consecutive postseason.
With time running out for the Angels, some wondered if Scioscia's tenure would be coming to an end as well.
On Saturday, the Angels finally cleared the air, as ESPN and other numerous media outlets reported that they will bring Scioscia back, regardless of what happens the rest of the season.
Here are five reasons why bringing Scioscia back into the Angels clubhouse was a good move.
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After making such dramatic changes to this clubhouse with the acquisitions of Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Zack Greinke, the Angels certainly have the talent to go deep into the playoffs and win a title, their first since 2002.
Bringing in a new manager would only present a near impossible task.
With a team as stacked as the Angels, the organization and fans would demand nothing short of a title. Essentially, if a new manager was brought in, they would be asked to win a title immediately.
The last thing the Angels needed to do was make a panic move and make Scioscia the scapegoat of a disappointing season.
Rather than starting fresh, keeping Scioscia will give the Angels managerial stability.
2. The Angels Will Be That Much Better Next Year
Mike Scioscia and rookie phenom Mike Trout
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For the most part, the Angels core will stay intact, although the future of free agents Zack Greinke, Torii Hunter and Ervin Santana are yet to be seen.
A year will only give this team time to gel and become more dangerous next season under Mike Scioscia.
A full spring training with each other will certainly help this team gel and build chemistry.
By bringing Scioscia back, the players will get to have a full offseason with him, and will give this team a sense of familiarity. His return will also give players a better understanding of his philosophy, and also buy into his philosophy for the season.
If anything, a full offseason will only make this team that much scarier next season.
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Currently the longest tenured manager in baseball, Scioscia is 1,149-947 in 13 seasons as a manager, and has guided the Angels to five AL West titles as well as the 2002 World Series Title.
Not a bad resume if you ask me.
What Sciosica brings to the Angels is experience. He's been to the World Series and he's been to the postseason multiple times.
As a manager whose been through both losses and victories in the postseason, his experience in the playoffs is invaluable. Scioscia knows what he needs from his players to make the postseason, and more importantly knows what it takes to win the World Series.
4. Front Office Has Confidence in Him
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With time running out, the Angels are in fear of a disappointing season.
A team that has spent $159 million on their payroll is in danger of missing the postseason for the third consecutive season.
However, even with the Angels in danger of missing the postseason with a deadly lineup, the Angels front office decided to bring Scioscia back.
If anything, his return to the Angels means that the front office is still confident with Scioscia and that 2012 was a learning year.
In the 2012 season, Scioscia had to deal with an unsettled bullpen and a batting slump by Pujols early in the season.
Even after incorporating phenom Mike Trout into the roster, the Angels at times were inconsistent, which eventually led them on the outside looking in the playoffs.
The Angels played almost all of April without Trout, and Pujols hit just .217 with no homers and four RBIs.
With the front office sticking with Scioscia, it should instill confidence in him for next season, and the players can react to that confidence.
5. Scioscia Should Not Be a Scapegoat
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Despite all the struggles the Angels have had all year, all of it cannot be pointed toward Scioscia.
Let's look at the bullpen, for example.
It really is isn't Scioscia's fault that the bullpen lacks a talented depth. Neither is it his fault that the bullpen can't hit their spots and keep the Angels in the game.
The only thing he can control is who enters the game in what situation.
As a manager, Scioscia can only do so much, as the players have to perform and show up when needed. He can put players in the right situation, but if they fail to perform, the blame should not be put on him but on the players who have failed to fulfill their role.
Of course, all of Scioscia's decisions aren't perfect, as he does make mistakes here and there, but who doesn't.
At a certain point, some of the problems the Angels have—like the bullpen—are talent-based, not manager-based and Scioscia should not be a scapegoat for the Angels' failures.