Posted May 15, 2013

Angels owner: Chance of manager Mike Scioscia being fired is ‘zero’

Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job is safe this season, according to the team's owner. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s job is safe this season, according to the team’s owner. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels come into Wednesday’s night game against the Kansas City Royals with a 15-24 record and are already 10.5 games behind American League West division leader Texas Rangers.

Owner Arte Moreno was asked what the chances are that manager Mike Scioscia will be fired this season and Moreno said, “right now, zero.”  Moreno also refused to cast blame on general manager Jerry Dipoto on the team’s slow start. Scioscia, a two-time AL Manager of the Year, has a 1170-975 in 14 seasons with the team and is signed through 2012.

The Angels problems are two-fold. The offensive ranks just 11th in runs scored in the 15-team American League and the team’s ERA is the third worst in baseball.  The Angels have missed the playoffs the past three seasons.

“Mike has zero problems, OK?” Moreno said to “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.”