Dodger Vice President Al Campanis
called Scioscia the best plate-blocking catcher
he had seen in 46 years of baseball. In July 1985, the fearless Scioscia was knocked
unconscious in a collision with the Cardinals' Jack Clark
, but held on to the ball.
With a good eye at the plate, he finished second in the National League
percentage in 1985, batting .296. He missed most of 1983 after tearing his rotator
cuff throwing out Padres speedster Alan Wiggins
. Scioscia hit a game-tying, ninth-inning
homer off Dwight Gooden
in Game Four of the 1988 LCS as the Dodgers won in the 12th.