Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is expected to step down after the 2018 MLB season.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports a former Yankee could be the front-runner to replace Scioscia:
Former All-Star third baseman Eric Chavez, a special assistant in the #Los Angeles Angels front office, has emerged as the favorite to replace Mike Scioscia as the Angels manager in 2019
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 25, 2018
Chavez played for the Yankees in 2011 and 2012.
The third baseman saw action in a total of 171 games for the Yankees, hitting .274 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI.
Chavez, six-time Gold Glove winner, spent 17 seasons in the majors, coming up with the Oakland A’s in 1998 and finishing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.
Scioscia, who turns 60 in November, is the longest tenured manager in baseball. He’s been the Angels’ manager since 2000, collecting 1,600 wins, six division titles, and a World Series championship in 2002.
But Scioscia doesn’t sound ready to walk away from the game, per the Associated Press:
The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels’ dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.
When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: “I’d like to.”
“We’ll continue to evaluate things this week,” Scioscia added. “I’ll speak with (Angels owner) Arte (Moreno) and speak with (general manager) Billy (Eppler), and kind of come to a decision. But I think that if you love something, you want to continue to keep doing it. If you can, great. And if it doesn’t happen, so be it. But I love the dugout.”
“I love managing,” Scioscia said. “I love the dugout. I love the challenge of getting the team and getting them going in the right direction. That’s something I thoroughly enjoy.”
But Scioscia’s lucrative 10-year contract ends this season, and the Angels have made the playoffs just once in the last nine years despite annual high-priced rosters. They haven’t won a postseason game since 2009, a stretch that covers the entire concurrent Angels careers of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
The Angels opened a season-ending homestand against Texas on Monday night. They will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.