Angels owner: Scioscia’s job remains safe

The Los Angeles Angels have the second-worst record in the American League, but owner Arte Moreno told that manager Mike Scioscia’s job remains safe.

“Mike has zero problems, OK?” Moreno told the website Wednesday at this week’s owners meetings in New York. “This is his 14th year. Mike goes beyond what he does on the field. He’s a good person. He’s a good person in the community. A very good baseball guy. You don’t have to ask me. You just ask other managers, other baseball people.

“Look at 14 years’ worth of productivity. Look at his record. He has two World Series rings with the Dodgers. He has one with the Angels. We’ve been to the playoffs.”

The Angels are 15-24 entering Wednesday night’s play, surpassing only the Houston Astros (11-30) in the AL. Despite the Angels’ disappointing performance, Moreno said the chances of a managerial change during the season are “right now, zero.”

Moreno also denied rumors the Angels are reluctant to let go of Scioscia out of concern the two-time AL Manager of the Year could end up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, if Don Mattingly is fired.

“I’ve heard it,” Moreno said. “Whatever. You know what? To me, if you’re going to let someone go, you’re letting someone go because you don’t believe their performance is what your expectations are. If everybody on the team was hitting .300, and the pitchers were undefeated, and all our relievers had done a good job and we’d made no errors, we wouldn’t be in this conversation.

“Right now, in Mike’s job, I have no questions about Mike.”

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