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Mike Scioscia not interested in being Angels general manager

Oct 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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In the wake of Tony Reagins resigning as Angels general manager amid an overall front office housecleaning there’s been a lot written about how manager Mike Scioscia is truly pulling all the personnel strings and any GM would mostly just be a figurehead.

In terms of actually becoming the GM, though, Scioscia has no interest.

When asked yesterday if the Angels would consider Scioscia for the GM opening team president John Carpino replied: “I don’t believe so, but it would probably be a question for Mike, wouldn’t it?”

And so Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register asked Scioscia, who said: “I’m happy with what I’m doing. I have no aspirations to be the GM.” Scioscia also declined to comment on Reagins’ resignation other than to say they always had a good relationship.

Jeff Mathis is set for a raise from his $1.7 million salary via arbitration after hitting .174 in 93 games, so what the Angels do with their starting catcher should show how much influence Scioscia has on the roster.

  1. texasdawg - Oct 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    This is confusing. Does he mean he’s truly not wanting to be the GM any longer… or that he’s just not interested in officially being the GM?

  2. easports82 - Oct 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Baseball Reference has his OPS at .434, OPS+ at 37, with a WAR of -.3. How does this constitute a raise?

  3. cosanostra71 - Oct 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Easports, it’s a question we’re all asking ourselves. Heck, if they want that kind of offensive production, they can sign me for half that cost. The part I don’t get is how Sciosca claims his game calling ability as the reason why it is worth it. While Mathis does call a decent game, I think that Weaver and Haren will be excellent with just about anyone behind the plate. Santana is the one who needs a good game caller but is it worth Mathis’ putrid offense, and marginal overall defensive ability (remember, this is the guy who threw the ball to first and tripped over a baserunner allowing a score this year)?

    • texasdawg - Oct 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Mike Napoli had a lower catcher’s ERA (3.1) than Mathis (3.2) on a team with a higher staff ERA (3.79 vs. 3.57, respectively). He also had a much higher caught stealing % than Mathis: 36.4% vs. 27.3%.

      Jeff Mathis put up one of the worst catcher seasons in MLB history and Mike Napoli put up what likely would have been an MVP-level season had he played more often in the first 2 months of the year. Yet Scoscia is still talking about defense and implying (as recently as last week) that Napoli can’t play the position defensively.

      Just a colossal failure on Scoscia’s part… that he continues to make look even worse by spinning away what happened.

  4. cosanostra71 - Oct 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    They should rename the Mendoza line the Mathis line smh

    • jimatkins - Oct 4, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      That’s an insult to Mendoza. Mathis is a whole new level of suckage.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Scioscia is begging for a caption there: “GM? Woaaah! Hold your horses there pardner…”

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