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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bonsignore: Time for Mike Scioscia to come home to the Dodgers

So that’s what Bonsignore means.

Scioscia has been in Anaheim for 14 years and won a World Series title and five division championships.

But everything has a shelf life, and as he oversees yet another season of Angels underachievement, it’s probably only a matter of time before Moreno decides it’s time to bring in a new manager.

But don’t mistake a change in the dugout with heaping all the blame on one person.

It’s not Scioscia’s fault the Angels drastically downgraded their pitching staff. He isn’t responsible for Albert Pujols not being the same player he was with the Cardinals or Josh Hamilton being so spooked by the bright lights of Downtown Disney he’s hitting .214 with 44 strikeouts going into Wednesday.

Scioscia just happens to be in the most vulnerable position if Moreno decides to shake things up.

If so, the Dodgers should pounce on the chance to bring him back to Los Angeles.

Nothing against Mattingly, a good guy caught in a complicated situation in which his team continues to underachieve. And the new ownership group shelling out more than $239 million in payroll can’t be happy.

Mattingly is in a more precarious spot than Scioscia, his minimal ties to the organization and nonexistent track record of success working against him.

Now in his third year as the Dodgers manager, he’s done little to prove he’s anything more than a place-holder for the next guy.

Repoz Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: May 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4444770)
It's been 14 years already!?
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4444792)
Doesn't Scioscia have a big contract that takes him through 2018 or something like that? I'm sure there is a way to make it work but I can't see the Angels cutting bait on him with so long left on his deal. That's a big chunk of change to fork over.
   3. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4444798)
They could trade him to the LADoLA - that'd be fun, if unrealistic.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4444802)
So its not Scioscia's fault his team is underachieving, but its Mattingly's fault his team is underachieving?
   5. JJ1986 Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM (#4444808)
So its not Scioscia's fault his team is underachieving, but its Mattingly's fault his team is underachieving?


The Angels GM is young and has analytical leanings so he's obviously to blame. The Dodgers GM doesn't know what OBP is.
   6. TerpNats Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4444813)
OK, if Moreno lets Scioscia go at the end of the 2013 season, who's to say Mike would definitely go to the Dodgers? There should be a vacancy in Washington for 2014 after Davey Johnson retires, and Scioscia might view the Nationals as a better gig.
   7. Justin T seeks a heterospecific consortship Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4444818)
D.C. is Five Guys territory.
   8. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: May 16, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4444830)
"Scioscia might view the Nationals as a better gig."

True, but didn't he really want the Dodgers gig before taking the Angels job? He was one of the core guys on the 1988 team and well loved by Dodgers fans.

As a Dodger fan, I'd prefer Mattingly, personally.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: May 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM (#4444867)
Doesn't Scioscia have a big contract that takes him through 2018 or something like that?


Those are the types of contracts the Dodgers have been acquiring.
   10. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: May 16, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4444878)
Those are the types of contracts the Dodgers have been acquiring.


Surprisingly, 2 of the 3 $20+ million salaries the Dodgers owe in 2018 are on contracts they signed (Kemp and Greinke).
   11. Tripon Posted: May 16, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4444890)
The Dodgers org has really changed since he left. Just the fact that the Dodgers went though 3 ownership changes within the last ten years should tell you that. Also, Scioscia doesn't have a great reputation with Dodgers fans at the moment. They see his team in Anaheim and see a team that is even worse than the Dodgers.

   12. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: May 16, 2013 at 02:24 PM (#4444892)
Also, Scioscia doesn't have a great reputation with Dodgers fans at the moment. They see his team in Anaheim and see a team that is even worse than the Dodgers.


Yep.
   13. will Posted: May 16, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4444949)
Scioscis grew up within 10 miles of the Vet, and still has family in the Philadelphia area. The Phillies will likely have a managerial vacancy at the end of this season. He SHOULD come home......to Philadelphia.
   14. guajolote2 Posted: May 16, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4444966)
Mike Scioscia was a weird looking guy when he was a player, with the beak, the teeth, the hair, and the eyes too close together...vaguely special looking. He's the rare person that got much better looking when he got chubby.
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: May 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4445000)
Why not Tim Wallach?

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