Mike Scioscia gets 1,000th career win

Updated: May 9, 2011, 11:31 AM ET
By Blair Angulo | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Manager Mike Scioscia reached 1,000 wins for his career Sunday, as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Angel Stadium.

Scioscia became the 56th manager in major league history to reach the milestone and just the 23rd to ever do it with a single team. He has compiled a 1,000-817 record (.550) in 12 seasons and is the longest tenured manager in the American League.

Not bad for someone who, as a player, didn't give managing much thought.

"I was just thinking about playing," Scioscia said Saturday. "After the game I just thought I'd like to stay in the game but never really thought about managing."

Scioscia was honored after the game, with a majority of the fans staying to hear him speak. Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells sneaked from behind to give Scioscia the customary Gatorade bath.

"It's this whole organization," Scioscia said, "not just one guy. I'm proud of this whole organization.

"These guys have been great. They've given me a chance to stay here for a while."

"It's pretty special," said center fielder Peter Bourjos, who was 13 years old when Scioscia recorded his first win in 2000. "It's incredible. It was cool to be part of that history."

Catcher Hank Conger added: "It's just a great sense of respect, not only in this clubhouse but throughout the community. It was an honor to be there and experience it with him."

Scioscia said he would eventually seek revenge on Hunter.

"I've had that planned for a couple of days now," Hunter said. "Everybody throws a pie in the face and different things like that, so I went and got another veteran player and said, 'Let's get him with something different.'"

When asked to describe the icy bath, Scioscia smiled and said, "Cold."

"This is a great moment," Hunter said. "I'm just glad to be a part of it."

"He expects a lot of his players and gets a lot," pitcher Dan Haren said. "He hates losing."

Scioscia, 52, is a two-time AL manager of the year, earning recognition in 2002 and 2009. He won a World Series in just his third season as manager (2002) and has led the Angels to six AL West division titles in the last 11 years.

"If you're asking me if in 2000, where I thought we'd be in 2011, obviously, that never really creeps into your mind," Scioscia said.

Blair Angulo is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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