Mike Scioscia bids farewell as Angels manager after 19 years

Mike Scioscia started out smiling in front of the crowded room. It wasn't long, though, before tears glistened in his hazel eyes.

He stepped down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 seasons yesterday, ending the longest current tenure in the majors with a come-from-behind victory.

He said of his time in Anaheim "It's been second to none. It's been incredible." Scioscia guided the Angels to the franchise's only World Series title in 2002, starting a stretch of six playoff appearances and five AL West titles in eight years.

Jim Rondeau