Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who has held his post longer than anyone else in Major League Baseball, reportedly plans to step down when the season ends in November, according to a sports website.
Ken Rosenthal of Athletic.com, citing multiple League sources, said Scioscia, 59, has decided to leave the team after his 10-year, $50-million contract expires and was not forced out.
But the report was posted late Saturday just hours after the team’s 3-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Overall, the Angels are 55-57 for the 2018 season.
Neither Scioscia nor Angels General Manager Billy Eppler have responded to media requests for comment.
Scioscia was a catcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980 to 1992 and was with the team when it won the World Series in 1981 and 1988.
He coached his first game with the Angels on April 3, 2000 and led the team to a World Series title in 2002. The Angels have won six division titles and the American League championship in 2005 and 2009.
Scioscia ranks No. 18 on the all-time managerial win list with 1,625 victories, and has had the League’s second longest tenure as a team manager.
But observers point to a series of disappointing seasons in recent years that have seen the team reach the postseason playoffs only once since 2009 with a 3-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 2014. As of Saturday, the team is 11 games back in the American League wild-card race.
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