In a bit of absolutely fantastic news, legendary Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully will return to the team in 2013 for his 64th season behind the mic. Scully, who will turn 85 years old this November, said the Dodgers' new ownership group was a big factor in his decision to return next year.
"I was so impressed by the [team's] new ownership. What they've done is revitalize the city, revitalize the team, the fans and myself," Scully said.
This news is just fantastic. Even though Scully only does Dodgers games that are in California and Arizona, that still accounts for around 110 games of the team's schedule. 110 games of Scully is better than a full slate of pretty much every other broadcaster out there.
One other aside from Scully's return next season: the Dodgers are scheduled to have a series against the Yankees in New York, where Scully's broadcasting career began with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Scully said that he'd be willing to travel to call that series for the team. It would be amazing to hear his voice broadcasting a game in that city one last time, and I really hope it happens. Scully is the last of a legendary breed of announcers after the deaths of Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, and Skip Caray in recent years. Sports fans need to savor his voice while he remains in the booth.
[h/t: LA Times]