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Mike Scioscia’s job is safe. Probably.

Aug 21, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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I said on HBT Extra today that the Angels performance — poor, despite all of the new talent there this year — is the sort of thing that gets managers fired.  Which it is. Just not Mike Scioscia, says Arte Moreno.

Or at least he sorta says it. He was asked by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com about Mike Scioscia’s status, and he said:

I signed Mike long-term, and I’m invested in Mike long-term … We try not to make impulsive decisions. … Let’s put it this way: Right now, that is not in our thought process.

In between the first part of that passage and the first ellipsis was a ramble about how things change and the team will make changes when needed.  Take from that what you will.  My take is that while that is something less than a full-throated vote of confidence,  Moreno hasn’t really thought about Mike Scioscia’s job status yet and is going to wait until the end of the season to do so.

  1. cur68 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    It wasn’t the dreaded “vote of confidence” now was it? Soon as we see the “full and total support for Mr. Scioscia” statement, well Mike better start packing.

  2. bestcoastinfluence - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Scioscia is a great manager and the Angels better not lose confidence in him after this season no matter what happens.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The Angels would be crazy to fire him.

    And if they do, the Red Sox would be crazier not to hire him.

  4. goawaydog - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    He has a 10 year contract ending in 2018. no way he gets fired now.

  5. jikkle49 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    He’ll be back next season but he’s going to have to clean house with the staff and Butcher their pitching coach better be getting his resume ready.

  6. dallasstars9 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Butcher needs to go, not Scioscia. This pitching staff needs a wake up call!

  7. keithbangedyermom - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Probably the most overrated manager in MLB, just after Ozzie.

  8. dondada10 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I used to think that Scioscias was one of the best managers in the game. I long wanted my team to somehow hire him.

    Funny how all that changed once Joe Maddon left.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      You point out a rarely acknowledged fact: It’s not just the manager, but his entire coaching staff that contributes to the success or failure of a team on the field. Clubs would do well to view their field staff and its performance as a unit, rather than heap praise or scorn on the manager. When you see teams firing a pitching coach, or batting coach, or bullpen coach, often over the manager’s objections, you can assume they’re looking at their field management as individual personalities rather than as a team management effort.

    • jarathen - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Black, Roenicke, and Maddon were all part of Scioscia’s staff. Scioscia isn’t perfect, and he isn’t terrible. I think he was a little too comfortable in 2011, and Jerry DiPoto isn’t the pushover figurehead that Tony Reagins was. That’s why Hatcher’s out and Butcher’s seat is glowing red hot.

  9. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    my God he needs to be fired.. he’s consistently lead one of the most talented teams in America to mediocrity. He plays favorites, and refuses to play youth, hell, earlier this year Trumbo played twice a week. He plays a national league style of baseball.. in the American league..

  10. uclafightfightfight - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    It would be stupid to fire him after this season. Stupid.

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