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Angels extend Scioscia's contract
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07/12/2003  5:55 PM ET 
Angels extend Scioscia's contract
Sign manager through 2007 with option for 2008
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia has "earned" his contract extension, according to GM Bill Stoneman. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)
ANAHEIM -- Arte Moreno says he likes to take care of his people and he means it.

For the second time in a week, the new Angels owner tied up some loose business at hand, locking up another key employee by extending Angels manager Mike Scioscia's contract through the 2007 season with a club option for 2008

Earlier in the week, Moreno signed general manager Bill Stoneman to another four years plus three more as a consultant.

On Saturday, Scioscia, the 16th manager in Angels' history and the only one to win a World Series, was once again rewarded for his efforts.

"It's something Arte wanted to do and I wanted to do," Stoneman said. "Happily, Mike wanted to do it, too."

According to Scioscia, that was never a question.

"I'm excited," Scioscia said. "It's going to be hopefully a great experience, especially with this group of guys to play it out and see what happens. This is where I want to be."

Scioscia, 44, is in his fourth season as Angels manager and owns a 303-273 (.526) managerial record.

He led Anaheim to the best regular-season record in club history (99-63) last year before guiding them to an 11-5 playoff record that included the Series triumph over the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

So on Saturday, "Mike Scioscia Rally Monkey" giveaway day at Edison Field, Scioscia signed on for two more years following his current contract, which goes through 2005.

"He deserved an opportunity to continue for even longer than he had already committed to be here," Stoneman said. "The short answer is that Mike earned it."

"He has all the respect of everyone who's been around here for a long time. And he likes it here. Staying in the L.A. area means a lot to him."

Jarrod Washburn and Darin Erstad, two of the clubhouse leaders of the Angels, seconded that.

"He communicates very well and lets his players know what he expects from them," Washburn said. "That's important."

Erstad has said that he never wants to play for another manager and made his reasons clear Saturday.

"He lets you struggle," Erstad said. "He understands that in baseball, there are ups and downs. He doesn't put too much pressure on you when you're struggling. He understands it. He gets it."

Scioscia was a two-time All-Star catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his playing days, spending parts of 13 years in Chavez Ravine. He resides in Westlake Village, a suburb north of Los Angeles.

Stoneman reiterated Moreno's commitment to rewarding the people on top of what has become an extremely successful organization.

"Arte said when he came on board that he was happy with upper management and wanted to keep people in place," Stoneman said.

"Mike led us to a great season last year, plus he's very professional and goes about his business with a lot of pride and a lot of passion."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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