Dodgers honor Scioscia with bobblehead

Dodgers honor Scioscia with bobblehead

Dodgers honor Scioscia with bobblehead
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued their season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary Tuesday honoring former catcher Mike Scioscia with a bobblehead giveaway, the fourth released in the Dodger Stadium Greats series.

Scioscia is the franchise leader in games caught with 1,395, and he was part of two World Series teams in his 13 seasons with the Dodgers.

It just so happens that Scioscia was managing from the opposing dugout Tuesday night as his Angels took on the Dodgers in the second game of the Freeway Series.

Across the field, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expressed his respect and admiration for Scioscia.

"I've talked a lot about how I want to become a better manager all the time and you look at different guys and Scioscia is one of those guys with the way his teams played," Mattingly said. "He's always someone you want [to develop] a little bit of a pattern after."

Mattingly noted how successful Scioscia's teams are at playing small ball and moving players from first to third with their speed.

He said it is one of the first things the team talks about in meetings before playing the Angels, and Scioscia's ability to pressure teams with speed, bunts and steals is something he hopes to be able to utilize.

"His teams put a lot of pressure on you with speed and they play the game fast, and I like that style to be honest," Mattingly said. "It's nice to be able to beat teams in a lot of different ways. He does a great job over there."

Scioscia played for the Dodgers from 1980 to 1992 and he was a coach in the organization for many years after. He started managing the Angels in 2000 and he entered Tuesday with 1,099 wins and a World Series title in that span.