Scioscia joins exclusive company by managing 2,000th game
Angels manager Mike Scioscia claims the milestone snuck up on him, but 2,000 games takes a lot of sneaking.
Scioscia became the 53rd man in baseball history to manage 2,000 games Monday night. He's the 16th manager to handle 2,000 games uninterrupted with one team and the ninth manager in American League history to manage that many games for one team. Seven of the eight others are in the Hall of Fame.
"I couldn't even tell you how many games it's been," Scioscia said before reaching No. 2,000. "I think it reflects on the success of our organization. That lets one manager have the chance to manage for this amount of time. We've got a lot on our plate to be talking about this. It's not time to reminisce."
Neither would Scioscia project how much longer he might want to do this. The 53-year-old has a contract that runs through the 2018 season (though it includes an opt-out clause after 2015). Staying through the full length of that contract would put him past 3,000 games managed in the majors, a mark only 18 managers in baseball history have surpassed.
"It's still fresh. I love it," said Scioscia, whose record is 1,094-906 after an 8-6 loss to the Mariners on Monday. "And hopefully we'll keep working towards that second championship. That's our goal.
"There's a passion in all of us, and that makes time go by quickly, I guess."
--C Bobby Wilson left Monday's game in the second inning after taking a foul ball to the facemask. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wilson felt a little woozy and was removed as a precaution because of his history with concussions. Wilson suffered a concussion in April 2010 after a collision at home plate with Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira. Wilson spent three weeks on the DL with an ankle injury and the concussion caused by that play.
--RHP Ervin Santana allowed his big-league-high 16th home run and walked six in Monday's loss to the Mariners. Santana lasted just 4 2/3 innings, his shortest start since a rain-interrupted, four-inning stint in Boston on May 4, 2011. Santana has not pitched into the sixth inning in any of his past three starts and has gone without allowing a home run in back-to-back starts just once this season.
--OF Mark Trumbo led the Angels offense in May with a .367 average, and he had an American League-high 18 extra-base hits in the month. He hit home runs in four consecutive games last week. However, Trumbo is 1-for-15 with seven strikeouts in June after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Monday. Four of those at-bats came with runners on base.
--OF Mike Trout was 4-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI on Monday. It was the first four-hit game of Trout's major league career, and it extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .338 with seven extra-base hits and nine RBI during the career-best hitting streak.
--DH Kendrys Morales hit two solo home runs in Monday's loss, the first multi-homer game by an Angel this season. Both home runs came with the switch-hitting Morales batting right-handed against Mariners LHP Jason Vargas. They were Morales' first extra-base hits batting right-handed since his ankle injury in May 2010. It was his first multi-home run game since Aug. 28, 2009, at Oakland.
BY THE NUMBERS: 68 -- Wins for the Angels over the Mariners since 2007, the most by any major league team over another in that time.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Ervin just hasn't unlocked that delivery that's going to let him repeat pitches. He's not throwing the ball anywhere near his capabilities." -- Manager Mike Scioscia, on the struggles of RHP Ervin Santana, who is 2-7 with a 5.33 ERA after taking the loss Monday.
--C Bobby Wilson (head) came out of the June 4 game after taking a foul ball off the facemask.
--C Chris Iannetta (fractured right wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9. He underwent surgery May 11, and he was cleared to begin "aggressive baseball activities" in early June. He might be able to return in mid- to late June.
--RHP LaTroy Hawkins (broken right pinkie finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 7. He threw off a mound May 25. Hawkins threw approximately 20 pitches in a simulated-game situation June 1. He began a rehab assignment June 3. He is expected to be out until early to mid-June.
--RHP Jered Weaver (strained lower back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 29. He hopes to miss just two or three starts.
--OF Vernon Wells (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He underwent surgery May 22, and he is expected to be sidelined until mid- to late July.
--OF Ryan Langerhans (separated right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He will not need surgery.
--RHP Michael Kohn (flexor strain in right arm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 21. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 12.
--OF Jeremy Moore (left hip surgery in March 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 13. He is unlikely to return before mid-June.