The LA Angels need to win their two final games of the season to reach .500 this season. For the seventh season out of the past eight, there will be no postseason for the Halos, and Mike Scioscia may be on his way out.
The LA Angels lost a lot of players to injury. It is true that no one outside of Southern California expected them to be anywhere near the playoffs come September.
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However, Mike Scioscia has only taken this team to the playoffs once since Mike Trout and Albert Pujols came to town, and more should be expected. It may be time for the Halos front office to move on from Scioscia.
Scioscia has been credited with taking a team full of rag-tag arms this far into the season, but he may not be worthy of that praise. General manager Billy Eppler was the one who acquired the likes of Blake Parker, Parker Bridwell, and Bud Norris. These impact players that came out of nowhere were thanks to Eppler, not Scioscia.
Scioscia is a notoriously bad shifter throughout the league. Throughout 2016, the Angels allowed a .310 batting average when in the shift. Scioscia did not employ it properly again this season, and consistently got beat when using it.
Scioscia also struggled using his relievers this year. For example, Keynan Middleton showed he struggled in high leverage situations. Scioscia continued to use him with the game on the line though. Bud Norris struggled with runners in scoring position, but Scioscia was adamant to trust Norris throughout his struggles.
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While there are not many notable names out there for head coaching jobs, there is one that will interest Halo fans. Darin Erstad was one of the favorites for the Dodgers manager position before Dave Roberts was chosen. He has been coaching at the University of Nebraska, and has a 211-139-1 record as their head coach.
Mike Scioscia is the longest tenured coach in the MLB, and has taken the Angels to great heights. However, after (more thank likely) back to back losing seasons, it may be time for the Angels to take a look at other options.