- December 27, 1958
- 6' 2"
- 200 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-20-1980 with LAN
- Allstar Selections:
- 2002 Mgr, 2009 Mgr
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
Other Players Who Debuted in 1980
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.