LA Angels need to part ways with Mike Scioscia
LA Angels current manager Mike Scioscia has been at his post since the year 2000. During that time we’ve seen a World Series Championship, six division titles, and a wild card berth that would lead to the World Series Crown in 2002. Now, those days seem distant as the Angels continue to struggle in 2016.
Mike Scioscia has an extensive record and background in the world of major league baseball. He also has a die hard fan-base in Anaheim, where he’s been the Angels manager for 16 seasons. However, given the current state of the LA Angels and the season that they are having, the question must be asked: Is it time for Scioscia to be let go?
I will not use the term fired, i feel that’s a strong word for a guy who has done so much for this team and organization. Perhaps the term “changing of the guards” would be fair to use. Scioscia being let go would help revamp the Angels clubhouse and give them some chance of salvaging this season. One thing is absolute, the LA Angels need a turn-around and fast.
We could bring up the issues that former GM Jerry Dipoto had with Scioscia, which would ultimately led to Dipoto’s resignation last July. We could also note, that the blame for Angels state is not soley on Scioscia. Everyone knows about Arte Moreno and his serious lack of judgment concerning this team. I’m not here to bash Scioscia; however, moving him out out of the clubhouse and bringing in a new voice and a new face could be ideal in the LA Angels current situation.
Take last night for example, the Minnesota Twins scored a season high nine runs against the LA Angels, giving them their ninth loss in the month of June. The Twins never trailed in this game, as is the case with a majority of Angels losses. Scioscia addressed the media following the loss via Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
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Currently the Angels sit 3-9 for the month of June, they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games, including a four game sweep by the New York Yankees. Following last nights crushing loss to the Twins, the LA Angels have moved into last place in the AL West. Sure the injuries and revolving door of pitchers has contributed to the problem that the Angels are having; however, they just look exhausted.
In other major league sports, the coaching and manager system is completely different. The Golden State Warriors were on the doorstep of being a title contender when Mark Jackson was their head coach. Then, Steve Kerr took over and they’re one game away from winning back-to-back titles. Plus, the margin for error in the NBA is so limited, it’s the exact opposite of baseball.
With Tim Lincecum starting this week and the All-Star game just under a month away, the LA Angels could quietly release Scioscia, bring in a new manager, and put the LA Angels in a better position to win some games. Ideally, a fresh change could rejuvenate this LA Angels squad and give them a boost to charge out of the bottom of the AL West.
There’s no question changes must be made in the Big A, i believe letting Scioscia go is the first step in the right direction. Keep in mind, i’m not saying he’s doing a poor job. I’m saying that he’s been at his post for 16 years, perhaps switching things up could snap the LA Angels out of this funk they are in.