Scioscia disappointed in record, but still loves managing

Angels skipper under contract through 2018

Scioscia disappointed in record, but still loves managing

ANAHEIM -- All signs continue to point toward Mike Scioscia returning to manage the Angels for an 18th season in 2017.

Scioscia was asked Saturday if he planned to continue in his current role with the organization.

"I haven't really talked to anybody about it," he said. "I think I'm focused on what's going on here on a day-to-day basis. That's really all that we're ever thinking about right now. There's no doubt I feel good about the direction the organization is going. I think our baseball conversation is terrific. Extremely disappointed as where our won-loss record is. But I still love it [managing]."

After Saturday's 8-5 loss to Texas, the Angels were fourth in the American League West at 62-79.

While the decision to retain Scioscia ultimately rests with Angels owner Arte Moreno, general manager Billy Eppler said as recently as Aug. 19 that he had "no reason to believe Mike wouldn't be here managing our team next season" and that Scioscia has "done a great job."

Scioscia, 57, is the longest-tenured manager in the Major Leagues. He signed a 10-year extension that runs through 2018 in January '09. Scioscia is set to earn $12 million over the final two years of his contract.

Scioscia is by far the most successful manager in Angels history.

Since taking over as manager in 2000, eight years after his final season playing in the Majors, Scioscia has guided the franchise to its only World Series championship and six American League West titles, including five from 2004-09.

Entering Saturday, Scioscia had compiled 1,478 wins, two shy of tying Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver (1480) for 23rd all-time.

Soto progressing

Catcher Geovany Soto went through an extensive pregame workout Saturday as he continues to work his way back from right knee inflammation, which has kept him on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 15.

Soto caught a bullpen session, went through defensive drills on the field and hit. The Angels and Soto are optimistic he can return to action before the end of the season.

"No doubt he misses playing and he wants to get out there," Scioscia said. "That's the plan, to see if he can get active and play some this year. But we definitely need to let him work his way up to that level. We'll see how much it takes. If he comes out of today, he's doing a lot today, then it's a good sign."

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.