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Happy Birthday Mike Scioscia

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Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia turns 53 today. That makes Mike younger than Madonna, Prince, Rickey Henderson, Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, Julio Franco and Darby Crash.

He is currently 188 games over .500 as a manager. (Ranks 25th all time)

His .548 career winning percentage ranks 17th all time for managers with 12 more seasons.

His 1,066 wins ranks 48th all time and he became the fastest ever to 1,000 wins as a big league manager. He is just ahead of Frank Robinson's 1,065 wins. It took "The Intimidator" 16 seasons managing to accrue one less win than Mike.

With the "out on top" retirement of Tony LaRussa in October, Mike has the longest uninterrupted tenure of any manager in the bigs.

At the end of 2011, 56 managers had started managerial careers since Mike took the helm of the Anaheim Angels prior to the 2000 season. The Cubs, White Sox and Cardinals added three new names to that list and Boston might make it an even 60 when they name a new manager this week. Speaking of which... Mike's 1,944 games at the helm is tied for 56th place all time with Terry Francona. Sole possession of 56 takes place April 6!

My favorite Scioscia story is a reliable shocker to people who have no interest in baseball. I tell them: "The manager of my favorite team proposed marriage to his wife at an In-N-Out Burger drive thru." They immediately have all the awe and respect for him that he has earned from us in running our club.

Happy Birthday, Skippah!!!!!