As an animated character, Mike Scioscia will live forever.
This is not the kind of animation you see in his face when he goes jaw to jaw with an umpire. This is the animation that made him a cartoon catcher, in a beloved episode of “The Simpsons” that first aired 25 years ago and pays him residuals to this day.
“Sometimes, I’ll net 47 cents,” Scioscia said.
Scioscia, now the Angels’ manager and then the Dodgers’ catcher, was one of nine major league guest stars in “Homer at the Bat,” in which Homer Simpson’s boss at the Springfield nuclear power plant, Mr. Burns, recruits ringers for the company softball team.
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