ANAHEIM — A's manager Bob Melvin and Angels skipper Mike Scioscia have had dozens of battles over the years, but there is a deep underlying respect between the AL West rivals.
After Sunday's season finale, Scioscia held an emotional press conference announcing he would step down as manager of the Angels.
“I've had an incredible 19 years,” he told reporters. “It's been just awesome.”
Scioscia, 59, was the longest-tenured manager in Major League Baseball, joining the Angels in 2000 and leading them to their first-ever World Series title in 2002. Melvin has gone up against Scioscia since 2003 as manager of the Mariners, Diamondbacks and now the A's.
“I know from managing against him as long as I have, he's made me work hard and prepare harder, and I would say get better,” Melvin said. “When you manage against Mike Scioscia, you better be ready for just about anything.”
Scioscia went 1,650-1,428 in his 19 seasons with the Angels. But Melvin isn't convinced Scioscia is done managing.
“To me, he's one of those guys who I think would go to his grave managing,” Melvin said. “I can't imagine him not doing something somewhere else. He's terrific at it -- it seems like he loves it. He's into it every inning, every game, even in a spring training game. He's one of the elite managers in the league. I have a hard time believing this is going to be his last day managing.”
Scioscia said he was open to the possibility if it came along.
“I have a deep passion for this game," he said. "I love it. I love managing. But in this game, you never know if, where or when an opportunity comes. And I'm fine with that. If something comes and I get another chance, great. If not, believe me, I'm going to take the great experience I had here and just move forward with it. It's been terrific.”