Sam Miller on Mike Scioscia
Fans of the Angels probably know this already, but Sam Miller, normally of the Orange County Register, but writing here for Baseball Prospectus, says the following about Mike Scioscia, the Angels' longtime manager:
You can ignore the last clause, which I include only for completion's sake. The important part is between the em-dashes (or what I hope will render as em-dashes). A manager, a guy not named Joe Maddon (but don't forget whose bench coach Joe Maddon was), who doesn't necessarily think a 4-for-7 hitter against a particular pitcher means anything? Who is on-board the runs-per-nine train? Who, gasp, thinks wins are stupid?
The most tragic part of all this is how much A's fans, myself included, dislike Scioscia, mainly because of the A's-Angels battles over the years and the perception that he engages in gamesmanship from the dugout. I'm not a Bob Geren hater, but given my feelings that:
I feel awfully conflicted about hoping that maybe Mike Scioscia might get fired and end up with the A's.
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