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Mike Scioscia is stepping down as Angels manager, and he’s taking his facial expressions with him.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Mike Scioscia is stepping down as Angels manager, it was officially announced Sunday. He’s been commandeering the Anaheim dugout since the turn of the century, but his time with the Halos is finally coming to an end. He at least got one season of overseeing a team with both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on it, despite Ohtani’s setbacks and yet another year where Trout didn’t make the playoffs.

Scioscia will be 60 in November, and while this may very well be a retirement as well as a stepping down, Scioscia says he is open to managing with another club should the opportunity present itself. Or maybe we’ll see him land in a front office somewhere.

Either way, Scioscia is leaving the Angels with a World Series win, two Manager of the Year awards, and a near-two decade history of making the best freakin’ faces both on the field and in the dugout.

This is your official Scioscia Face™ Goodbye Post.

Scioscia Face is more than just simple facial expressions during a game situation. It’s a life choice, it’s a commitment, it’s a mood. It can’t be duplicated, only imitated.

It’s the feeling of making a perfect over-easy egg and then breaking the yolk when you transfer it to the plate. When you find the perfect parking space at 6:30 p.m. on a weekend and miss the sign that says “Tow Zone Sundays 8 a.m.-8 p.m”. When an umpire dares to question your sense of style. That thing where you won a World Series once but could’t do it again with Mike Trout. The Scioscia Face lifestyle is not taken lightly.

In motion, it’s even more beautiful.

For this post we’ll be sticking with photos only though. A distillation of Scioscia Face down to one perfect moment captured by a photographer who knows what his job is at Angels games.

Here we see a prototype of the Scioscia Face, from early in his stint with the Angels. This is of the “ayyy I’m walkin’ here!” variety, and it’s only a hint of what’s to come.

Tom Kelly

Here, we see Scioscia Face deployed in a manner which makes him look like a little kid who was just told there would be no dessert until they ate the rest of their lima beans. Which I mean in the best possible way.

Angels v Athletics Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

This is Resting Scioscia Face. The most common, and most comforting, of the forms it has been known to take. That’s different than just Scioscia’s face resting, but a specific subset of the larger Scioscia Face universe.

Angels v Mariners Photo by Otto Greule/Getty Images

“What’s that you say? It’s 2002 and Chicago will win a Best Picture Oscar?! No way.”

Angels vs Twins Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

He’s a little sad here. Sad Scioscia Face has the immediate ability to provoke empathy for Scioscia no matter what he’s doing in that moment. He could be doing something monstrous like putting ranch on his buffalo wings and I’d still feel bad for him. This is just the tip of Sad Scioscia Face though.

Angels v Yankees Photo by Bernie Nunez/Getty Images

When another boy is making a weird face and you want the umpire to tell him that’s your thing and your thing only.

Manager Mike Scioscia Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

This is a little unfair to include, as pretty much anyone photographed in the middle of hitting a baseball from this angle would look at least a little bit goofy. But it’s important context since this is just Scioscia’s face looking weird, and not any actual permutation of Scioscia Face. Again, there is a difference.

New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

SCIOON.

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Game 4 Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

A minor form of Scioscia Face. It’s not full-fledged here. But this definitive goodbye post requires us to appreciates all gradations of his facial expressions.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

When you realized your forgot to take the hamburger meat out to thaw.

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

The next three photos of Scioscia Face serve as an incredible triptych of the “aw shucks” version of Scioscia Face. This is probably my personal favorite, as it’s so innocent and so bummed. But still a great face.

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

One more aw shucks face for good measure.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Wait, no — one more. With the added bonus of it being a postseason face. A lower degree of difficulty to witness, but a higher level of satisfaction.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Off-day Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

I WAS TOLD BY APPLE CARE.

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Ah, the rare Showscia Face. Almost never glimpsed in the wild together, it’s magnificent to see if you ever get the chance. Like a total lunar eclipse in the middle of summer. Or dipping your french fries in a chocolate milkshake.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

PEAK Scioscia Face. Peaaaaaaaaak.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Kansas City Royals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

You can tell here that Mike Scioscia is trying to be very serious. This situation is making him unhappy, he wants his face to make that clear. He wants to change the ump’s mind.

Instead, we get this face. He aimed for “authority” and drove right off the road into a Scioscia Face ditch.

Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

“They saw my face in that last photo, didn’t they?”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Find someone who looks at you with Scioscia Face the way Mike Scioscia looks at Torii Hunter with Scioscia Face.

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

“Hold on, hold on? Are you sure this isn’t too much Scioscia Face in one place?...”

Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

There can never be too much Scioscia Face in one place. Not possible. Soak it all in.

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Boop. Scioscia Face.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

When You Have Mike Trout And Other Teams Don’t Scioscia Face

Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

There’s so much going on here. The dopey Scioscia Face. The belt pull. The umpire standing there like “alright here we go.”

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

“I should have bought those two for one Klondike Bars when I had the chance. Now my coupon is expired and I’m craving a Klondike Bar.”

Division Series - Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Game One Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Closeup Scioscia Face.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

“I need to remember to talk to the front office about how much photographers are allowed to zoom in on the faces I make.”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

“Were you talking about my face? What about my face? Everybody makes these faces!”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

No, Mike. Only you. No one can achieve the level of Scioscia Face you can. Seen here with Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning jockey Victor Espinosa, you’d think you would focus on the baseball in midair or the famous jockey. But no. Scioscia Face draws you right in.

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The lighting here makes this art. Norman Rockwell Scioscia Face. A portrait of America’s pastime.

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Scioscia Face sans hat is a rare one too. Keep this in your trading card stack, because the head scratching really adds to the whole aura here and it’s not every day he just takes off his hat willy nilly like this.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

We’re into the home stretch of Scioscia Face now. This is from last September, when the Angels were all but out of the division race and would once again not make the playoffs. Pensive Scioscia Face. Staring into the middle distance, remember his more entertaining dugout faces of the past.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

“You taking a picture of me? Again? You guys still aren’t over the faces I make?”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Age made have changed Scioscia’s face slightly, but it can never stop the beauty of Scioscia Face. In fact, the increased malleability of his features (as we will all experience someday) made his expressions even more satisfying and endearing.

This is one of the purest from his final years manning the ship. We’ll never truly know what he was thinking here, but we know whatever it was it made him make an amazing face.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

One more, one of the only ones that shares space with Shohei Ohtani. The two faces here, sandwiching Ohtani on either side beautifully, really are something to treasure. Scioscia’s face can’t be replicated but he’s certainly rubbed off on others in his orbit over the years.

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Goodbye, Scioscia Face. We’ll miss you. Until the day you join an MLB on Fox broadcast for a segment or two and somebody asks a tricky question about the postseason. And you stop for a moment, and contemplate an answer, and there it is.

The camera catches it for just a moment before you smile and respond to the host.

But we see it.

Because we’ll never forget it.

The one. The only.

Scioscia Face.