LOS ANGELES -- On the baseball calendar, winter has dawned. Three months await before spring training, but we already have a winner for the most curious statistic of the offseason.
Although the managerial pendulum has swung gently back toward candidates with experience, Mike Scioscia got zero interviews for eight openings.
He appeared relaxed Monday, mingling comfortably among the baseball luminaries gathered for a charity golf tournament to benefit Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy in Compton.
The summer that passed was his first without baseball since he was 16. He and his wife, Anne, spent two weeks in Hawaii. The couple traveled to Florida and made three trips to his family home in Pennsylvania. He said he lost 40 pounds.
"I'm kind of liking this hiatus," Scioscia said.
A hiatus is a pause, a break, a gap. A hiatus is not a retirement.
Scioscia played 13 years for the Dodgers, winning the World Series twice. He managed 19 years for the Angels, from 2000 to 2018, winning the only World Series in the history of a franchise that celebrates its 60th season next year. Of their 10 postseason appearances, he was in charge for seven. The Angels lost 90 games the year before he got there and the year after he left, but they never lost 90 with him.
He never used an agent to negotiate his contracts with the Angels. But, with the novelty of the hiatus wearing off and an interest in getting back into managing, he retained an agent to help him navigate the hiring process.
The timing appeared fortuitous. Eight teams were hiring. In some cities, owners were getting involved in the process, not simply delegating to the new wave of general managers that appears to prioritize collaboration with a first-time manager over experience and independence in the dugout.