Angels manager Mike Scioscia calls report that he’ll step down at end of season ‘poppycock’

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Scioscia seemed frustrated by the report, but still handled it with humor, joking throughout a brief discussion of the topic with reporters. He cut off other questions when pressed for details. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone CLEVELAND — A day after a report that Mike Scioscia is “expected” to step down as Angels manager at the end of the season, and just before another one saying that he’d decided to retire, the longtime manager vehemently denied that he’s made any decisions, going so far as to call the initial report “poppycock.”On Saturday night, noted baseball writer Ken Rosenthal published a story in The Athletic citing major league sources who indicated that Scioscia was expected to to be done as Angels manager at the end of this season, which is the final year of his 10-year contract.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The report said the decision was mutual, and that Scioscia had not been pressured to step down.On Sunday morning, Scioscia said his status is the same as when he addressed reporters after the end of last season. At that time, he said would not seek an extension before the end of 2018, and he and general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno would discuss his status then.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Even after Scioscia’s denial, there was another story in USA Today reporting that he had decided before the season to retire. Upon hearing about that story after Sunday’s game, Scioscia said: “This is insanity.”Scioscia, 59, is the longest tenured manager in the big leagues, having led the Angels since 2000. He won the manager of the year award twice, including the 2002 season when he led the Angels to a World Series title.The Angels were fixtures in the postseason for most of his first decade at the helm, but since 2010 they’ve made the playoffs just once, in 2014.This year the Angels are in jeopardy of finishing below .500 for a third straight season, with a 55-58 record heading after Sunday’s loss at Cleveland. “Nothing has changed since we talked last October,” Scioscia said Sunday morning. “That’s the best way I can put it. There’s always chatter out there. The only word I have is poppycock. That’s all it is.”There was also no indication that Scioscia had addressed the team or his coaches about his future.Asked if he had any idea the source of the story, he said: “I think it’s just chatter.”Scioscia was also asked if he still enjoyed managing, and he said “love it.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more