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Mike Scioscia

Mike Scioscia

Position(s):
C
Born:
November 27, 1958
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
200 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-20-1980 with LAN
Allstar Selections:
2002 Mgr, 2009 Mgr

Mike Scioscia

If anyone looked like a manager-in-waiting while they played, it was Mike Scioscia. The slow-running, barrel-chested catcher was the heart-and-soul of Tommy Lasorda's Dodgers' teams in the 1980s and early 1990s. A two-time All-Star reknowned for his ability to handle pitching staffs and opposing runners attempting to run him over on their way to home plate, Scioscia minimized his weaknesses and accentuated his strengths in a solid 13-year career, all with Los Angeles. In 2002, as skipper of the Angels, he won the first World Series title in that franchise's history, defeating his old nemesis from his Dodgers' days - the San Francisco Giants.

Where does Mike Scioscia rank among baseball greats?

Mike Scioscia ranks among the Top 50 all-time.

Best Season: 1985
Even though he had just 180 total bases, scored just 47 runs, and hit just seven homers, Scioscia received five Most Valuable Player votes. He hit .296, far and away the highest full-season mark of his career, and posted a 77-21 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Of course, he provided his usual amazing performance behind the dish, as well.

 

College:  Penn State

Major League Debut
April 20,1980

Other Players Who Debuted in 1980
Harold Baines
Tim Wallach
Tony Pena 
Fernando Valenzuela
Bruce Hurst
Bob Ojeda
Lee Smith
Mark Davis

Similar Players
Johnny Edwards was very, very similar, though he didn't have Scioscia's knowledge of the strike zone. Other than that, they were both big, slow, left-handed hitting catchers with mediocre power (some of which had to do with the parks they played in). They were each known for blocking the plate well, and handled their staffs almost as if they were managers on the field. Edwards never managed in the big leagues, and I'm not sure why, but he probably could have been a good one.

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1981 World Series, 1988 World Series, 2002 World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Scioscia

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