On November 1, 1999, Bill Stoneman took over as general manager of the Anaheim Angels. On November 18, Stoneman hired Mike Scioscia to manage the Angels. In Stoneman's (and Scioscia's) first season, the Angels improved 12 games, to 82-80. But in Stoneman's (and Scioscia's) second season, the Angels declined seven games, to 75-87. While there certainly were positive signs in Anaheim, the Angels weren't anybody's pick to challenge for the American League West championship.