Rejoice baseball fans and fans of living legends. Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth for the 2015 season. It will mark his 66th season announcing Dodgers games. Scully has seen it all – from Jackie Robinson and Don Larsen’s perfect game to the baseball’s move west to FernandoMania, Kirk Gibson, and Yasiel Puig. It means we will have the gift of the longest-tenured announcer in sports with us for at least one more year.
The news was announced during tonight’s home game versus the Atlanta Braves. Here’s more from the team website:
It’s true, it’s true. Vin Scully will be back to broadcast Dodger games in 2015 for his 66th season.
The Dodgers announced the news tonight in the middle of the second inning of tonight’s game against Atlanta, with a message from several players.
Scully also offered this insight into the year’s most anticipated decision.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully. “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 greatest at his profession of all time, Scully will continue to call all nine innings of the Dodgers’ television broadcasts on Time Warner SportsNet LA, with the first three innings of each of his games also simulcast on the radio.
This is tremendous news. Scully is the most iconic announcer in the history of broadcasting and every pitch that he gets to call in the booth should be treated as a blessing for sports fans everywhere. He is simply a national treasure and this is outstanding news for the Dodgers, for baseball, and for sports as a whole.
Vin Scully is the embodiment of everything great about the national pastime. Hopefully another year in the booth means many more chances to hear the best there ever was and revel in that connection that brings together baseball’s past, present, and future. If only more fans can see Scully on TWC SportsNet LA that is…
UPDATE: Here we have video of the announcement…