Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/12
Mlb_angels_vs_7ccc

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia should have as much security as any manager in baseball.

He has led the Angels to the most successful run in franchise history, including the club's only championship in 2002, a run of five division titles in six years, winning records in seven of the past eight seasons and two trips to the AL Championship Series since the 2002 World Series run.

One of only 48 managers in baseball history with over 1,100 wins, Scioscia has done it all with one team and has more tenure in his current position than any other active manager. On top of that, he has a contract that runs through 2018 and respect throughout the majors.

But this year's team entered with high expectations -- and a high payroll -- after signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in the biggest one-day free agent binge in baseball history. The results on the field haven't matched those expectations. With two weeks left in the season, the Angels are still chasing a playoff spot, though they made up some ground Tuesday with an 11-3 rout of the Texas Rangers.

The combination of underachievement and questions about the relationship between first-year general manager Jerry Dipoto and Scioscia (who acted as a de facto GM during Tony Reagins' tenure in the position) have raised speculation about whether Scioscia will continue as the manager beyond this season if the team fails to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

"That's not a question for me," Scioscia said when asked about the possibility. "I go about my business -- and our (coaching) staff goes about our business -- the same way every day. The passion's there. At times, the results haven't been what we had hoped for this season, but that doesn't change anything I'm doing on a daily basis, I can tell you that."

Dipoto has steadfastly refused to be drawn into any discussion of Scioscia's job security, praising the manager and insisting the focus should be on the team's playoff push.

"Mike has a great track record of success," Dipoto said. "He's had a lot of success here."

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Report: Kirk Cousins does not want to be with Redskins

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage says it’s ‘insulting’ to be compared to Mariano Rivera

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

Report: Chiefs, Broncos among teams that interest Tony Romo

Report: Pistons, Magic have discussed Reggie Jackson trade

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

RB Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Anthony Davis to be ‘very involved’ in efforts to re-sign Jrue Holiday

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker