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Stephen A. Smith still thought Mike Scioscia managed the Angels

It has long been argued that legendary sportscaster Stephen A. Smith is spread too thin, and this recent gaffe while discussing the Los Angeles Angels just added fuel to the fire.

On his radio program, Smith was discussing the pressure managers face when teams sign franchise players to multimillion dollar deals. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels signed Mike Trout to a record contract extension, paying the best player in baseball $430 million to stay in LA for the rest of his career.

Speaking with ESPN colleague Jeff Passan, Smith used Mike Scioscia as an example of managers who will be feeling the pressure to “turn things around” for their respective teams and get the best out of their all-star player.

“Legendary?” Is this proof that Robert Towne’s dictum applies to TV personalities as well?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, bad analysis, espn

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   1. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 20, 2019 at 11:01 AM (#5823970)
Almost no person or thing classified as legendary has, in my experience, truly been legendary. It is a word that is so misused that I wish it would just disappear.
   2. Cris E Posted: March 20, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5823976)
Maybe Stephen A Smith isn't real. He could just be an apocryphal figure like that Old Spice guy, Sidd Finch or Bill Parcells.
   3. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5823996)
Almost no person or thing classified as legendary has, in my experience, truly been legendary. It is a word that is so misused that I wish it would just disappear.


Wait for it...
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5823999)
I still thought Mike Scioscia managed the Angels.
   5. eric Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5824003)
Yeah given Scioscia was their manager for 19 years, fairly recently stepped down, and the new season with their new manager hasn't even started yet, I have to say that this is about as minor a transgression as it gets. (And I'm no Screamin' A. Smith fan.)
   6. JJ1986 Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5824005)
A few months ago, he previewed a Chiefs/Chargers matchup by talking about players who weren't active on either team and play that hadn't happened. Whoever is doing his research for him is probably ####### with him.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:21 PM (#5824006)

I still thought Mike Scioscia managed the Angels.



I did too.
   8. McCoy Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5824012)
At this point I couldn't tell you who managed 29 of the teams. No, scratch that. Make it 28 since there is a BTF link to Mattingly saying stupid things about the Marlins. Give me three weeks and it will be back to 29 teams.
   9. PepTech Posted: March 20, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5824042)
Yeah, but it's Smith's *job* to know.

But yeah, on the scale of things, this is not as bad as thinking Christian Okoye was still active (he's not).
   10. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: March 20, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5824066)
I don't know who does manage the Angels, but I knew that it wasn't Scioscia. The whole 'will he won't he' thing was a pretty big deal when it was going on.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 20, 2019 at 03:39 PM (#5824085)
Uhhh current managers:

Phillies: Gabe Kapler
Braves: Brian "The Snit" Snitker
Mets: Mickey Callaway
Marlins: Don Mattingly
Expos: Dave Martinez

Red Sox: Alex Cora
Yankees: Aaron Boone
Blue Jays: Not John Gibbons
Rays: I forget
Orioles: Brandon Hyde, unless that's the new GM. They hired someone named Brandon Hyde to do something and he's in the local paper a lot.

Cardinals: Some guy who never played professionally but is beloved in the Cardinals organization. Mike Peltz or some name like that.
Cubs: Joe Maddon
Pirates: Clint Hurdle
Brewers: Craig Counsell
Reds: no idea

Twins: Rocco Baldelli
White Sox: Still Rick Renteria?
Tigers: I forget
Indians: Still Terry Francona?
Royals: Still Ned Yost?

Rockies: Still Bud Black?
Giants: Still Bruce Bochy? Probably not
Padres: No idea
Dodgers: Dave Roberts
Dbacks: no idea

Angels: Not Mike Scioscia
Athletics: Bob Melvin
Mariners: no idea
Astros: I forget
Rangers: no idea

Most of the ones I don't know are probably recent well-known players who were hired with no coaching experience. I still can't think of them as managers.
   12. Rally Posted: March 20, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5824087)
Yeah given Scioscia was their manager for 19 years, fairly recently stepped down, and the new season with their new manager hasn't even started yet, I have to say that this is about as minor a transgression as it gets. (And I'm no Screamin' A. Smith fan.)


Agreed. I thought Steven A. was more of a basketball guy anyway. I certainly don't expect him to be an encyclopedia of baseball managers.

I don't know who does manage the Angels, but I knew that it wasn't Scioscia.


Hint: One of Baseball Chick's favorites, if not the favorite.
   13. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 20, 2019 at 03:49 PM (#5824089)
Last name is something like Awesomeness, right?
   14. Kiko Sakata Posted: March 20, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5824094)
Giants: Still Bruce Bochy? Probably not


This is Bochy's last season. I remembered Sciosia retiring but couldn't remember if he retired at the end of the 2018 season or had merely announced that he was retiring at the end of 2019 (which Bochy just did). I'm pretty sure I could name fewer managers than #11 (well, before reading #11) but more than #8.
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2019 at 04:45 PM (#5824104)
OK, let's see how many I can fill in...

Blue Jays: Charlie Montoya
Rays: Kevin Cash
Cardinals: Mike Schildt
Reds: One of Buddy Bell's kids...David?
White Sox: Still Rick Renteria? Yes
Tigers: Ron Gardenhire
Indians: Still Terry Francona? Yes
Royals: Still Ned Yost? Yes

Rockies: Still Bud Black? Yes
Giants: Still Bruce Bochy? Yes
Padres: Andy Green?
Dodgers: Dave Roberts
Dbacks: Torey Lovullo?

Angels: Brad Ausmus
Athletics: Bob Melvin
Mariners: Scott Servais
Astros: A.J. Hinch
Rangers: The guy who was the 3B coach for the Dodgers last year
   16. Rally Posted: March 20, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5824110)
I don't think Scioscia has officially retired. He's just no longer working for the Angels.
   17. RoyalFlush Posted: March 20, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5824111)
I completely get how people dislike Steven A Smith, but he works A LOT. And I have to respect that. Talking about sports over the air for over 20 hours a week has to lead to a few errors. I'm not going to hold him to an unrealistic standard.

   18. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 20, 2019 at 05:04 PM (#5824115)
I thought Steven A. was more of a basketball guy anyway.
He is. And at one time, SAS was *really* good at NBA coverage. A veteran beat writer I knew well said most of his peers had a fearful respect of Smith because, "He knows our teams better than we do."
   19. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 05:11 PM (#5824119)
I completely get how people dislike Steven A Smith, but he works A LOT. And I have to respect that. Talking about sports over the air for over 20 hours a week has to lead to a few errors. I'm not going to hold him to an unrealistic standard.

I kind of put SAS, The Rock, and Kevin Hart in the bucket of guys whose output might not align with my tastes but whose work ethic I really respect.
   20. Bote Man Posted: March 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM (#5824138)
Mike Scioscia is no longer managing the Angels?? Preposterous!
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:44 PM (#5824145)
Okay... one, legendary and Steve smith should not go together... oh his name is Stephen A Smith....still, a relative nobody as far as writers, announcers, analysts goes... to call him legendary means that pretty much every body who has done an okay job for 20 years is legendary.... I guess that is okay for Alice at Mel's, but not really something that should be applied to a high profile job like reporting and in Stephen Smith's case.... being Okay at it. Which is really the height of his performance... He's not even Berman level of legendary. Or heck Dan Mclaughlin level...


Two...having said all of that, a guy forgetting the rotating door of major league managers is not really an issue when it's in between seasons and before the new manager has seen a first pitch... it's a gaffe... that is about it.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:50 PM (#5824146)
I completely get how people dislike Steven A Smith, but he works A LOT. And I have to respect that. Talking about sports over the air for over 20 hours a week has to lead to a few errors. I'm not going to hold him to an unrealistic standard.



Really.... a lot to me isn't a 20 hour work week...and I get that he works longer than his on air time, but the point of those extra hours should be about research, and considering the money he is making, there is very little respect I give for a guy who "works" hard in a job that isn't really working. I've worked two jobs, 40 hours one, 30 hours for another for years and don't expect people to forgive my mistakes that easily. I've worked jobs where I work 40 hours a week on the clock and another 20 hours off, because I want to be exceptional....etc. Work ethic is one thing, but if it doesn't show up in the final work, then who the #### cares about the ethic? And well Stephen A Smith is a clown. He's not particularly good at his job, he's just another loudmouth clown.


The next thing he says about baseball that aligns with any real analysis or ability to examine the game, would be the first thing he said about baseball that aligns with any analysis or ability to examine the game...

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