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Mike Scioscia wants to manage again, but the interest hasn't been reciprocated

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times on

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Joe Maddon, Scioscia's former bench coach, was hired for Scioscia's old job in Anaheim.

"I'm thrilled," Scioscia said. "Just knowing Joe and the passion he brings, he's perfect for the organization. I know that he will make a difference."

Maddon is no kid. He is 65, five years older than Scioscia.

Joe Girardi was hired in Philadelphia. Mike Matheny was hired in Kansas City. Former managers getting interviews included Dusty Baker, Jeff Banister, John Farrell, Bob Geren, Gabe Kapler, Buck Showalter and Ron Washington.

The agent Scioscia hired, Alan Nero, declined to discuss why he believed teams decided not to interview Scioscia.

Torii Hunter, a two-time All-Star outfielder under Scioscia, said the manager commanded respect for what he had accomplished as a player and as a manager.

 

"It was like he was the father figure: whatever he says goes," Hunter said at the golf tournament. "Scioscia wants the best out of you. He needs you to go hard every day. He needs everybody on the same page. Today, that message could be different. It's more that you have to baby some players sometimes. Not all, but some of them.

"Managers (today) are not like Scioscia or Tom Kelly or Jim Leyland, the guys who are hard-nosed and would get in your face. That's no longer the thing you do."

Is that approach better, worse, or just different?

"It's just different," Hunter said. "In the clubhouse, they're different. People move in a different way. You have to find those ways. You have to have a growth mind-set and conform to where your clubhouse is."

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