Mike Scioscia managed two of the legends of the game – Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Pujols came to the Angels in his age-32 season. His best years were behind him.
In the first 11 years of his career, Prince Albert put up Hall of Fame numbers. He averaged 40 homers, 121 runs batted in, to go along with a .328 average and .420 on-base percentage. Then he came to Anaheim.
During his time with Scioscia, Pujols regressed. From 2012-2017 Pujols averaged 28 homers and 98 RBI while hitting .262 with a .319 on-base percentage.
Trout’s best seasons came under Scioscia. The 2012 Rookie of the Year, Trout also finished second in MVP voting. From the time he broke in until the time Scioscia retired, Trout was unstoppable.
The Angel centerfielder earned three MVP Awards, and finished as the runner-up three time times. He also earned four Silver Slugger Awards.
Shown here is a lineup card signed by Scioscia from a game against the on Mariners on July 20, 2014. Trout is penciled into the second spot in the order directly in front of the three-hitter Pujols.
The game was remarkable as Trout hit the 85th homer of his career. Pujols went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. His lone RBI came in the bottom of the 9th when he doubled to drive in Trout as the tying run.
That double was the 544th of his career, moving him ahead of 8-time batting champion on the all-time list.