Scully told the Los Angeles Times he had made the decision.
“I really still enjoy it immensely,” Scully said. “My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well.
“Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It’s just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect.”
No broadcaster has spent more years with a single team than Scully, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 at age 22. The American Sportscasters Assn. is among the organizations that have voted him the greatest sportscaster of all time.
With the Dodgers in first place in their division, Scully could potentially broadcast his first World Series games since 1988, the year of his famous call of Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run. But he told the Times he would only do World Series games as a Dodger broadcaster (on radio) and wouldn’t participate in any plans to do any time on a network World Series broadcast.
Said Scully: “I wouldn’t want to do something just because someone said, ‘Oh, let him do an inning.’ I wouldn’t want any part of that.”
Next year marks the first year the Dodgers will offer games on their soon-to-launch dedicated cable channel, created through a partnership with Time Warner Cable in a deal reported to be valued at a minimum of $7 billion.