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Angels manager honored in part for reaction to Adenhart death

November 19, 2009 | 11:21 am

Mike Scioscia was named American League Manager of the Year after a season in which the Angels' manager dealt with the death of pitcher Nick Adenhart.

"The tragedy obviously hit very deep with our guys, but very quickly, everyone in the clubhouse realized it wasn't about us, it was about the Adenhart family and supporting them," Scioscia said Wednesday during a conference call that included The Times' Mike DiGiovanna. "It gave them a deeper appreciation of playing baseball every day."

Adenhart was one of three people killed in an April 9 car accident. Another person was seriously injured.

After a slow start, the Angels won the Western Division championship, their fifth in six seasons.

"It took a little time, but once they realized they were a good team, that they could keep moving forward with Nick's memory, they relaxed and played baseball," Scioscia said. "For a long time, it wasn't easy, but as we started to play the game, they realized there was a purpose to playing this year, and they played terrific baseball."

--Keith Thursby

Photo: Torii Hunter of the Angels looks at a picture of teammate Nick Adenhart before playing a game in October. Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April. Credit: Getty Images.