Now-former Angels manager Mike Scioscia (center) during his last game as manager. Photo courtesy of mtstandard.com
AND A FAREWELL TO MIKE SCIOSCIA AFTER NINETEEN YEARS AS THE ANGELS’ MANAGER
LOS ANGELES ANGELS – 2018 SEASON
Final Record: 80-82, Fourth Place in the American League West, 23 games behind the Houston Astros
- Second straight season at 80-82
- Third straight season with a losing record
Mike Scioscia’s Managerial Stats
- Fifth all time in games managed with one team: 3,078
- Most wins all-time as Angels manager: 1,650
- Seven playoff appearances: 2002, 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2014
- Six American League Western Division Titles: 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2014
- 2002 American League Champions
- 2002 World Series Champions – beat the San Francisco Giants, four games to three
- Final record as Angels Manager: 1,650-1,428 (.536)
Highlights of the Angels’ last game of 2018, and Mike Scioscia’s last game as the Angels’ manager, courtesy of YouTube (click on the link)
- Mike Trout, CF (Team MVP, as always) – .312 average, 39 HR, 79 RBI
- Andrelton Simmons, SS – .292 average, 11 HR, 75 RBI
- Shohei Ohtani, DH/P (Most Likely AL Rookie of the Year) – .285 average, 22 HR, 61 RBI / 4-2, 3.31 ERA
- Justin Upton, LF – .257 average, 30 HR, 85 RBI
- Albert Pujols, 1B – .245 average, 19 HR, 64 RBI
- Jaime Barria: 10-9, 3.41 ERA
- Andrew Heaney: 9-10, 4.15 ERA, 180 strikeouts
- Tyler Skaggs,: 8-10, 4.02 ERA, 129 strikeouts
- Blake Parker (Closer): 2-1, 3.26 ERA, 14 saves
Analysis and Thoughts:
It seems like I was pretty close when I did my predictions for these Angels on this blog back in March.
I said that they would win between 83 and 87 games, and they won eighty – just like in 2017.
And for the same reasons as far as what they can do with an actual baseball…
They can field it.
They can certainly hit it – any team with two guys that had thirty or more home runs this year deserves that claim.
But they could not pitch it!
At least not without a shoulder or an elbow or something else in their pitching arm breaking down after two or three appearances on the mound!
As long as that’s the case, it won’t matter if Mike Trout hits .450 with 80 homers and 200 RBIs and breaks Joe DiMaggio’s 56 consecutive game hitting streak.
And it won’t matter if everyone else has career years, either.
It’s like what former Angels (and several other teams) manager Gene Mauch said,
“If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t have a good team.”
Unless something happens with that staff and it gets healthy and significantly improves,
I will be writing the same thing about these red-clad Halos from Orange County (again, they need to go back to their 1980s-1990s uniforms and caps, because what they’re wearing now is UGLY! Especially those red alternative jerseys!) at this time, on this blog, in 2019.
I couldn’t do an Angels wrap-up article without including Shohei Ohtani here. Photo courtesy of ftw.usatoday.com
OK, let’s chat about the outgoing manager for these Angels…
It should go without saying that Mike Scioscia – I’m still upset that the Dodgers completely screwed him over when they didn’t give him their manager’s job after Tommy Lasorda retired, by the way – took that Angel franchise to the next level.
Three years after he was hired in Anaheim, they won their first (and still their only) World Championship, fulfilling the desires, wishes and goals of beloved founder and original owner Gene Autry.
That alone deserves kudos and honors.
More than that, however, the fact that he made those Angels into a perennial contender after being the illustration of a hard-luck franchise languishing in the shadow of the Dodgers in SoCal for so long,
And getting those Angels at least partly out of those blue-colored L. A. shadows,
Should garner him some major consideration for the Hall of Fame.
I won’t speculate as to who I think should replace Scioscia; in my honest opinion, it doesn’t matter who it is as long as the pitching problems remain.
But I will state this…
Mike Scioscia will be dearly missed.
I don’t have anything else to say about that or the Angels, except,
Until next February in Tempe…
Angels rookie Taylor Ward getting dunked after delivering the walk-off home run in the last at-bat in the last game of the 2018 season, the Angels winning 5-4. Photo courtesy of sandiegouniontribune.com