Five times, the Angels manager made the oddly long walk from the visiting dugout to the mound at the Oakland Coliseum, pulling his pitcher in the middle of an inning. Eleven times, Mike Scioscia swapped pitchers, more than any other manager in the American League’s 117-year history.
The Angels are playing longer games and deploying more pitchers than baseball has ever seen. Their record-setting September continued Monday in an 11-9 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Scioscia is a vehement opponent of the rule that allows teams to carry up to 40 players on their active roster in the season’s final month. But he is not above taking advantage of the situation.