In his first season as manager of the Anaheim Angels, Mike quickly gained the respect of his players and the team improved its record by 12 victories over 1999. Previously, he managed triple-A Albuquerque in 1999 and Peoria of the Arizona Fall League in 1997. Peoria won the championship and set records for batting average and ERA.
As a major league player from 1981-94, Mike earned a reputation as one of the game's best catchers. He is considered the best at blocking the plate in history. Mike helped the Dodgers to World Series championships in 1981 and 1988 and is their all-time leader in games caught with 1,395. He also ranks among Dodger all-time leaders in walks, doubles, games, hits and total bases.
A three-sport athlete in high school in Pennsylvania, Mike was selected in the first round by Los Angeles in the 1976 free agent draft. In 1990, Mike became the first Dodger catcher to start an All-Star Game since Roy Campanella in 1954. Mike caught 100 or more games 10 times in his career, including nine straight seasons (1984-92). He caught two no-hitters, plus made one Division Series and four League Championship Series appearances.
A shoulder injury cut short Scioscia's final two seasons with San Diego (1993) and Texas (1994). Mike returned to the Dodger organization and assumed various roles, including minor league catching coordinator, first base coach, third base coach and bench coach.
Mike, who lives in Westlake Village, California, with his wife, Anne, and two children, runs camps and clinics during the off-season.