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Mike Scioscia confirms he is returning to Angels next year


Manager Mike Scioscia has one year remaining on his contract with the Angels, but as the Phillies showed with Pete Mackanin, that is no guarantee. Scioscia, though, confirmed he’s returning to the Angels next year and is comfortable doing so in the last year of his deal, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Angels just missed out on the second American League Wild Card slot, finishing the season with an 80-82 record. Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000, leading his team to the playoffs in six of eight years between 2002-09. The Angels have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons; they were swept out of the ALDS in 2014 by the Royals.

Many Angels fans have been growing frustrated with the Angels’ lack of playoff success despite having the world’s best baseball player in Mike Trout. So there was some thought that the Angels might shake things up and move on from Scioscia.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: