Mike Scioscia Bound for Boston Dugout?

Mike-Scioscia_Victorio-150.jpg
Despite a disappointing season--remember when World Series tickets were being printed up after the Angels landed Albert Pujols?--Anaheim skipper Mike Scioscia was recently lavished with job security comments from general manager Jerry Dipoto and owner Arte Moreno.

So why is a MLB Network expert convinced Scioscia will be managing the Boston Red Sox next season?

"Don't be shocked to see Mike Scioscia managing the Red Sox to start next season," former big league pitcher-turned-MLB Network studio analyst Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams told the host of the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show this morning.

As also shown on DirecTV's Audience Channel simulcast of the program, Williams explained that Scioscia would bring "stability" to a Red Sox team that has been dumping contracts as manager Bobby Valentine continues to lose the confidence of his players.

"What Scioscia brings is stability," Williams said. "I mean, Terry Francona, he won two World Series and the players who played underneath him there felt they had the run of the place. He just basically lost control. And Scioscia is someone who is just going to immediately bring stability to that role as manager."

The analyst believes Scioscia has lingering distaste for his bosses over the firing of his pal and former Dodger teammate Mickey Hatcher as the Angels hitting coach. "He was not happy about that at all," Williams said of "Scios."

He could have also mentioned the Halos' recent three-game sweep of the Sox as a solid Scioscia audition for Boston's bean counters. But Wild Thing believes the one to really watch is Moreno, despite the very public votes of confidence for his manager. Williams contends Moreno will be looking for something other than his roster to shake up if the Angels don't make the playoffs.

"Arte Moreno will not blow up his team," Williams predicted. "He believes they have the people there to win. They have probably the best player in the last 15-20 years in [Mike] Trout. [Albert] Pujols is going to be Pujols at least for the next five years. . . . They have [Mark] Trumbo. . . . They've got some talent out there, they really do."

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
6 comments
NYTransplant83
NYTransplant83

Blaming managers for the performance of players is stupid. I'm a Sox fan, but I have always had the utmost respect for Mike Scioscia. If I remember correctly, the Angels hadn't been contenders year in and year out until he took over. With no salary cap in baseball, it's hard to contend with the spending that the Yankees and Red Sox put up every year, and the AL West isn't a league where you can go .500 and win the division like it used to be. Moreno finally started spending this past off season on marquee players (and I can assume it was only because of the multi-billion dollar TV deal with FSW that he did), and they are under achieving. Inking a 10 year deal with Pujols was stupid because you will only get four or five more good seasons out of him. Luckily for the fans, it won't come out of their pockets at the gate. That being said, it's not like Scioscia can walk up to Pujols and tell him to hit a home run or smack a double at any given time. Pitchers are scared of him and won't give him anything good to hit. Plus no one really knows how old he is, he could be starting that mid-30's decline. Players have off years. In regards to Mitch Williams voicing his opinion, let's just say I'd listen to a fungo bat's opinion over a guy too lazy to wear socks during a sportscast (truth). Mitch Williams is a tool. As for Mike taking over for Bobby V.? If it doesn't happen, I'm sure there's a dirty gym sock out there that needs employment, and could probably do a better job than that asswipe.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

I may not be a baseball genius, but it sure looks to me like instead of blowing all that money on old guys like Pujols, they should be spending it lining up a pitching staff that can be consistent in their performance.  Keeping the other team from scoring runs is 50% of the battle to winning. 

-paulc-
-paulc-

12 years is nearly unheard of now-a-days.  And lets face facts:  The Angels have been in decline since 2002.  Every years since, has been a "rebuilding year." 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I don't believe it. He's now a West Coast guy. Played for the Dodgers, manages the Angels. I don't believe this late in his career that he'd be willing replant to the East Coast.

kwelch29
kwelch29

Anybody other than Sciosca would be fired for this debacle.  I think Arte gives him one more year.  If he does get fired he is instantly going to be hired by Boston.  No doubt.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

 @kwelch29

 You can only play the cards you are dealt and Sciosca's hand is lacking.  Those Front Office people deciding who to hire and who to fire are the ones whose heads should be rolling.  A Manager is only as good as the talent he has to work with and the Angels pitching sucks.   

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...