Mike Scioscia named AL Manager of the Year by Sporting News
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia was named Manager of the Year by Sporting News on Tuesday. He was selected to win the award by the American League managers according to Sporting News MLB. Scioscia has now won the award three times (2002, 2009, 2014) all with the Angels.
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Scioscia went from a manager that was on the hot seat in 2013 because of a team that underperformed, to having the best record in baseball. He did this with a late injury to starting right-handed pitcher Garrett Richards and a bad season from Josh Hamilton that you can read about here.
The Angels made the playoffs for the first time since he won the award back in ’09 this season and even though they didn’t make it out of the first round, it was still a successful regular season. The team and Scioscia can build off of this season and take some confidence into Opening Day in Seattle on April 6.
He received six votes, just surpassing Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Showalter proved himself to be one of the best managers in baseball in the playoffs, but the voting took place before the playoffs according to Sporting News MLB.
The only other Angels manager to win the award was Bill Rigney in 1962.