LOS ANGELES - Vin Scully said Sunday he'll return to the broadcast booth to call Los Angeles Dodgers games next year for his 62nd season because "when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave." The 82-year-old Hall of Famer, whose nearly 61 years of service make him the longest tenured broadcaster in sports history, said he made the decision with the blessing of his wife, Sandy, and his five children. "With continued health, we'll do next year," he said. He has said that while he loves the job he's had with the team since 1950, when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, it's increasingly hard to be away from his wife of 36 years. "My wife understood, God bless her," Scully said in the press box named for him at Dodger Stadium before a day game against the Cincinnati Reds. "She said, ‘You love it, do it,' and so I love it and I'm going to do it." Scully will continue calling all Dodgers home games and road games against NL West and AL West opponents. He calls all … [Read more...] about Vin Scully to return to Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast booth next season
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Vin Scully will be back in 2015. The Dodgers announced during the middle of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against Atlanta, that Scully, the broadcasting legend who has been calling games for the team for 65 years, would return for a 66th season. “It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully, 86. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen, as well as those at home who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.” The announcement was broadcast on the videoboard at Dodgers Stadium and was greeted with a standing ovation and frenzied applause. Scully was born on Nov. 29, 1927 in the Bronx, went to Fordham and became part of the Dodgers when they were still in Brooklyn, joining Red Barber … [Read more...] about Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will return for 66th season in 2015
The boxscore of Game 2 of the World Series was displayed in the Chinese laundry store and it caught the attention of the 8-year-old Bronx-born kid when he was walking home from grammar school. It was Oct. 2, 1936. “As I walked by, I stopped to look. The Yankees beat the Giants, 18-4, and I remember looking at it and I felt so sad for the Giants,” says Vin Scully. “So I became, that instant, a rabid Giants fan.” But the Giants love affair only lasted until Scully landed a broadcasting job with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 — “It’s amazing what a paycheck will do,” Scully jokes — working with the late broadcasting legend Red Barber. Scully was 22 when he started in Brooklyn, before embarking on a journey that has taken him from Ebbets Field to the Los Angeles Coliseum and, finally, to Dodger Stadium, where his singular, mellifluous voice has delivered Dodger baseball to generations of fans. Along the way, Scully transitioned … [Read more...] about Vin Scully reflects on his 80-year love affair with baseball and journey from Bronx kid to national icon in L.A.
Kershaw’s fastball, according to a radio broadcast, sat from 88 to 90 mph. It touched 92 mph at least once. Perhaps more importantly, his slider, a pitch pivotal to his success, was sharp, often featuring some of the depth required to fool hitters. Last season, the slider’s lack of depth made the pitch resemble his fastball too closely. The similarity eased the job for batters. … [Read more...] about Clayton Kershaw is ready for Dodgers return after effective and efficient rehab start
The Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, White Sox and Rangers have signed on, as has MLB itself. The 25 other organizations have been about as responsive as Barry Bonds to a steroid question, many of them not even returning phone calls. That's a batting average of .167, if you are scoring at home. "It's amazing to me (that there isn't) more support," says Ralph Branca, Robinson's longtime friend and Dodger teammate. "Here it is 60 years later, and it's like what Jackie did was forgotten. It changed baseball. It changed how people looked at one another. Before Martin Luther King and the Supreme Court ruling (on Brown vs. Board of Education) and the Civil Rights Act, baseball led the way. They should be proud of that. For the amount of money these teams pull in, it should be unanimous that every team is in." The Jackie Robinson Foundation has been in existence 33 years and provided scholarships to some 1,200 minority students. Its scholars have a 97% graduation rate (more than double the … [Read more...] about Team 42 has baseball pitching in for kids