Scioscia, a two-time American League Manager of the Year who led the franchise to its only World Series title in 2002, is the longest-tenured manager in Major League Baseball.
The Dodger’s star of yesteryear was somewhat placed on warning Tuesday night when longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was terminated.
“The bullet-proof vest of Mike Scioscia is off and if this team doesn’t turn it around by August don’t be surprised if Terry Francona … is managing the Angels,” said Bowden, 51, the former general manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.
Bowden, a native of Boston who resigned in disgrace from the Nationals in March 2009 after becoming the focus of an FBI federal investigation into the skimming of signing bonus money from Latin American ballplayers, could be right.
All positions in professional sports are tenuous and job security is nonexistent.
Nevertheless, Scioscia is a future Hall of Fame skipper and it’s comical if the suits running “The Halos” believe he will be easily substituted for in the dugout.
Francona, who was axed after overseeing one of the worst collapses in MLB history when Boston went 7-20 in September and squandered a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays to miss the playoffs, is arguably the most successful manager in Red Sox history.
The man who instructed Michael Jordan in 1994 as a manager of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons, and guided the Sox to championships in the 2004 and 2007 seasons, is a gregarious and likable man.
If any individual can relate to Scioscia, it’s the current ESPN baseball analyst.
The 53-year-old Francona was railroaded in Beantown last autumn when anonymous cowards told local newspapers that his struggling marriage and fondness for pain pills spearheaded the notorious demise on Yawkey Way.
At 17-22, and with an exorbitant payroll of $144,998,266, Scioscia needs to again start winning with the Angels.
Ironically, with or without a “bullet-proof vest,” Mike Scioscia has essentially done nothing but prevail in “The Big A” since taking the helm in 2000.by