Washington respects Scioscia as manager

Washington respects Scioscia as manager

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Much is being made about the Rangers-Angels rivalry becoming as intense as the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. That doesn't extend to the managers.

Bobby Valentine of the Red Sox and Joe Girardi of the Yankees have had some issues between them this spring. The only thing between Rangers manager Ron Washington and the Angels' Mike Scioscia is mutual respect.

"I certainly do have great respect for him," Washington said of Scioscia. "We were both with the Dodgers and learned the game from the same people. Our styles are similar. We're both aggressive and do a lot of things that draw questions. But it comes down to knowing your personnel. Mike knows his personnel better than any manager in the Majors.

"He's been at this thing a long time. He's won a world championship. I just hope one day I have the tenure he has and the success he's had. I have a lot of respect for Mike Scioscia."