ANAHEIM -- For a couple different reasons, Angels manager Mike Scioscia has kept a close eye on his former coaches during the past week.
One, Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, is fighting with Scioscia's Halos for the Wild Card, which is the last remaining spot into the American League playoffs.
Another, Milwaukee's Ron Roenicke, has less of a direct impact on Scioscia. But in his first year removed from being the Angels' bench coach, Roenicke guided the Brewers to a National League Central title. Scioscia made sure to congratulate him after Friday's game and before Saturday's action.
He praised Roenicke's calm demeanor and his ability to adapt to any type of player, noting his style is perfect for managing a big league club. "He was ready for the opportunity," Scioscia said. "He's got a great baseball mind, he's great with people, and I think his ability to infuse aggressiveness in a lot of different areas into a team is very evident."
As for Maddon, Scioscia said it felt "strange" to be going head-to-head with him for a playoff spot, though he always knew it might be a possibility.
"There's a whole new division that forms at the end of every season," Scioscia said. "It's the Wild Card division, and it's Tampa, it's us and it's Boston."
Before Saturday's game against the A's, Scioscia shooed away the notion that he had anything to do with the successes of Maddon, Roenicke and San Diego skipper Bud Black.
"As far as a breeding ground, those guys -- Joe and Buddy and Ron -- those guys are just incredible baseball minds," Scioscia said. "They would have had an opportunity wherever they went. We had a great time with them and we're still very close and talk a lot of baseball."
Scioscia keeping Trout in mind for 2012
ANAHEIM -- Sure, manager Mike Scioscia will use what he's seen this season from top prospect Mike Trout when evaluating if his rookie center fielder will be in the big leagues at the start of 2012.
That doesn't mean he'll have a decision before the end of next spring, though.
Despite Trout's struggles at the plate during his short stint with the Angels this season, Scioscia praised the rookie for his ability to adjust to the Major Leagues. He noted that if Trout isn't on the roster when the 2012 season kicks off, it won't be a knock on his abilities.
"When a player is ready for the Major Leagues it's a combination not only of where his talent level is, but opportunity," Scioscia said. "If he keeps progressing ... players of his ability definitely at some point just push their way onto the lineup."
Scioscia called that ability "off the charts," even though Trout is hitting just .204 with a .260 on-base percentage since he was called up in July. Trout has notched just one hit in his last 21 at-bats.
But Scioscia said that isn't necessarily a product of Trout being overmatched. He thinks the speedy outfielder just needs to continue his development.
"He's a patient hitter, and at times patient hitters are gonna get into poor counts and have to fight your way back," Scioscia said. "You've seen more of that."
Angels draw 3 million fans to extend streak
ANAHEIM -- The Angels surpassed the 3-million mark in attendance for the ninth straight season on Saturday, the longest streak in the franchise's history.
In the American League, only the Yankees have also drawn 3 million fans in each of the last nine years.
Heading into Saturday's game against Oakland, the Angels were averaging 39,020 fans per contest, the fifth highest mark in baseball. They still have four games left to play at Angel Stadium after Saturday -- the series finale against Oakland and three against Texas.
A.J. Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.