August 5, 2018 / 5:33 PM / a year ago

Scioscia denies report he intends to step down

Jul 28, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) looks on from the dugout in the second inning during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) looks on in the background. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Scioscia, the sixth-longest tenured manager in MLB history, denied a report he has made up his mind to step down from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of the season.

Scioscia said that he’ll talk to general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno after the season, as he’d previously indicated after last season ended.

“Nothing has changed since we talked last October,” Scioscia said to the Orange County Register on 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.”

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday that Scioscia had decided not to pursue a new contract as his 10-year, $50 million contract winds down, a decision he says he has made independently of the club. Rosenthal adds that while it is Scioscia’s decision, the team might consider a change even if Scioscia wanted to stay.

Scioscia, 59, is in his 19th season leading the Angels, the longest tenure for an MLB manager with one team since Bobby Cox led the Atlanta Braves for 21 straight years. He first manned the dugout on April 3, 2000, five years before the team became known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and 15 years before they dropped the “of Anaheim.”

With a 1,625-1,403 record with the Angels., Scioscia has exactly 1,000 more wins than any other manager in team history (the team’s first manager, Bill Rigney had 625 wins from 1961-69). He ranks 18th on the all-time MLB wins list, and he led the Angels to a World Series title in 2002.

The Angels got off to a 13-3 start this season but have slumped to 55-57, sitting well out of the division race and 11 games behind the division rival Oakland Athletics in the hunt for the American League’s final wild-card spot.

The Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014, when they were swept in the American League Divisional Series by the Kansas City Royals, and their last trip before that was in 2009.

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