Vin Scully To Return to Dodgers in 2014

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65th season with franchise

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games in 2014, his 65th season with the franchise, the team is expected to announce Friday.

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.

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  1. Mark Isenberg says:

    Longevity is very important but Vin Scully is not a great broadcaster painting a true picture of the game in progress. No disrespect meant. He is better than Red Barber,Mel Allen but was never in the league of Phil Rizzuto as a sportscaster or entertainer. Different style and for the Dodgers lovers,it works just fine.

    • Russ Jackson says:

      If you think Rizzuto was better than Scully you are out of your mind. I am NOT a Dodgers fan but I can tell you that listening to Scully do a game is great! He absolutely paints a picture of the game better than anyone. Certainly better than Rizzuto. Hell Rizzuto isn’t even the best Yankees broadcaster! That was Mel Allen.

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