Scioscia an honorary SoCal guy from Philly

Mike Scioscia, Manager, Angels
Hometown: Upper Darby, Pa.

At this point in his career, Scioscia could be called an honorary Southern Californian. He played for the Dodgers for 13 years and has managed the Angels for the past 15 seasons, holding the franchise record for wins as and becoming the longest-tenured current skipper in the Majors.

However, Scioscia hasn't forgetten about his East Coast upbringing in the Philadelphia suburbs of Upper Darby and Springfield. Scioscia was drafted by the Dodgers with the 19th-overall pick in 1976, straight out of high school. Though Scioscia chose to play baseball, he also attended Penn State during the offseasons to earn a computer science degree.

Scioscia and the Angels returned to Philadelphia in May to play the Phillies in an Interleague series.

"It's changed over the years," Scioscia told "I remember coming back over the years and playing in the Vet. I had been to so many games as a youngster. You get a chance to see it from a different perspective."

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.