Former Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia expressed interest in becoming the next Philadelphia Phillies manager should it become available.
Many fans around baseball have speculated that Philadelphia Phillies current manager Gabe Kapler will be put on a short leash and be fired this off-season if the Phils fail to reach the postseason. In his second full season managing the Phillies, Kapler has had his fair share of criticism from Philadelphia fans and many executives around the league.
Former Angel manager Mike Scioscia recently expressed interest in taking the post as Phillies manager, if the opportunity would present available, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. In his podcast ‘Big Time Baseball’, Heyman said
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"“I’ve also heard Mike Scioscia is very interested in this job, not a shocker. He did step away from the Angels, was not going to be retained there. They went towards analytics, away from old school. But it would be interesting to see whether Scioscia could be a candidate, and Joe Maddon as well. Another guy from Pennsylvania.”"
The Pennsylvania-native Scioscia previously managed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for nineteen seasons. He was let go by the Angels after the 2018 season.
He currently has a 1650-1428 win-loss managerial record. The sixty-year-old won Manager of the Year twice during his nineteen tenure as the Angels’ manager. This could be interesting as Mike Scioscia has years of experience compared to current Phillies’ manager Gabe Kapler.
Kap, who is forty-four years old, is in just his second season managing a major-league club.
Another name that Jon Heyman said was potentially interested is Cubs managrer Joe Maddon – a manager known around baseball for his class-act personality and a potential Hall of Famer.
Everyone likes Joe Maddon and he could be a good fit for the young Philadelphia Phillies team. Things could get interested this offseason in terms of the Phillies’ coaching staff, we just have to wait and see what the front office will do.