Mike Scioscia said Sunday after the season finale that he will not return as manager of the Los Angeles Angels.
Sep 29, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) sits on the bench before the start of the Angeles game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The announcement ends months of speculation about the future of Scioscia, 59, who has led the Angels for the past 19 seasons. After a 5-4 home win on Sunday against the Oakland A’s, Scioscia finishes with a 1,650-1,428 regular-season record. He guided the franchise to a World Series championship in 2002.
The Angels ended this season with an 80-82 record, which marked their third year in a row with a sub-.500 mark.
According to Angels president John Carpino, Scioscia made the decision to step away.
Scioscia insisted that he was at peace with his decision. He was the longest-tenured manager with the same team in the majors.
“I’m really happy, guys,” he said, fighting through tears, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout entered the room for Scioscia’s farewell press conference. So did Carpino and former general manager Bill Stoneman, who hired Scioscia before the start of the 2000 season.
Scioscia did not rule out managing another club in the future. However, he told reporters that his immediate plan after stepping down was to enjoy a nice dinner with his wife at a nearby steakhouse.
—Field Level Media