Mike Scioscia and Matt Williams were named Managers of the Year by the Sporting News on Tuesday.
To be honest it is pretty great that I am writing this piece on my blog because I can flat out say that I do not think Mike Scioscia should ever win anything, ever. My mom and I call him “whiny baby” because he complains about every play or else gets a #SciosciaFace which shows that he is clearly displeased! Alright now that that is out of my system here’s the whole story for you!
Scioscia is the manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This season he took his team to the American League Division Series where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals.
The Angels also got hot down the stretch, despite a string of injuries. Most notably they lost their ace pitcher Garrett Richards to a knee injury he sustained trying to run to first base during an interleague play (see, this is why I am all for the DH staying around and being implemented in the National League as well! lol)** but Josh Hamilton was also having a myriad of issues and Mike Trout got just one hit in the ALDS
Yet they were so hot (and the A’s were so awful) down the stretch that they came from behind and left the Oakland A’s in their dust as they ran away with the A.L. West – the most competitive division in the game. The Angels ended the year with the best record in all of baseball at 98-64. Even though they didn’t get past the ALDS Scioscia led them to the league’s best record, a team that underachieved in 2013 and still managed to win when faced with injuries down the stretch the next season.
He might show his “Scioscia Face” a little too much for my, and well, everyone’s taste (try Googling it! seriously!) but he’s a good manager who had actually almost been on the Hot Seat when the Angels failed to make the playoffs from 2011-2013. They took over the league in the second half of 2014 and got to play in October.
Not too shabby Mike. Not bad at all.
The National League Manager of the Year according to the Sporting News was the man who led his team to the second best record in the Majors, Matt Williams, skipper of the Washington Nationals. Like the Angels, the Nationals underachieved in 2013 but turned it around to finish 17-games ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the N.L. East in 2014.
In his first year as a big league manager Williams, according to outfielder Jayson Werth, did everything right. He took an already talented group of players and helped them play together as a whole entity that went on to win 96 games.
“I think more than anything, he kind of stayed out of our way and let us play,” right fielder Jayson Werth told The Washington Post last month. “He pushed all the right buttons and pulled all the right strings. He did a good job — first-year manager. He was given a good team, though, and he didn’t screw it up.”
Sounds like he did well to me! Congrats to Mike Scioscia and Matt Williams!
CORECTION I saw the game that day Richards was injured and remember it cleary (NOW OF COURSE! LOL!) but I was reminded by a reader, Brad934, to who I am very grateful,that the injury happened at Fenway Park in Boston as Garrett was covering first, not during interleague play – so thanks to Brad934 for politely pointing out my mistake – we all make ’em from time to time! – However this does NOTHING to change my stance on the DH.! LOL!**