Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia claims the milestone snuck up on him, but 2,000 games takes a lot of sneaking.
Scioscia became the 53rd man in baseball history to manage 2,000 games Monday night. He's the 16th manager to handle 2,000 games uninterrupted with one team and the ninth manager in American League history to manage that many games for one team. Seven of the eight others are in the Hall of Fame.
"I couldn't even tell you how many games it's been," Scioscia said before reaching No. 2,000. "I think it reflects on the success of our organization. That lets one manager have the chance to manage for this amount of time. We've got a lot on our plate to be talking about this. It's not time to reminisce."
Neither would Scioscia project how much longer he might want to do this. The 53-year-old has a contract that runs through the 2018 season (though it includes an opt-out clause after 2015). Staying through the full length of that contract would put him past 3,000 games managed in the majors, a mark only 18 managers in baseball history have surpassed.
"It's still fresh. I love it," said Scioscia, whose record is 1,094-906 after an 8-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday. "And hopefully we'll keep working towards that second championship. That's our goal.
"There's a passion in all of us, and that makes time go by quickly, I guess."