By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The 2022 MLB Futures Game, which is set for July 16 at Dodger Stadium, will have a Southeastern Pennsylvania feel to it. Well, at least on the benches it will. Major League Baseball announced Mike Scioscia and Jimmy Rollins as team managers on Tuesday.
Scioscia, a Delco native, will coach the NL prospects and J-Roll will coach the AL prospects. Perhaps the winner will advance on and become the new manager in Philadelphia (kidding...maybe)!
If MLB is smart, or in this case NBC Sports/Peacock, they will mic J-Roll up for the game and let the good times roll (pun intended)!
Scioscia, an Upper Darby native, will return to the bench for the first time after being fired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2018. The Angels’ all-time managerial wins leader and two-time AL Manager of the Year has been involved with USA Baseball since his ouster from LA’s Orange County team. Scioscia led the U.S. to silver in the 2021 Tokyo games.
While it’s highly unlikely, the 63-year old Scioscia could be on the Phillies’ short list for 2023 managerial position. Scioscia racked up 1,650 career wins as the Angels manager from 2000 - 2018. He led the Halos to the 2002 World Series Championship.