As we head into the final year of Vin Scully’s career in 2016, the Los Angeles Dodgers may have found the man that could be his replacement – Joe Davis, who currently works as an MLB, college football, and college basketball broadcaster with FS1.
The Los Angeles #Dodgers’ award-winning broadcast team will add a new member in @Joe_Davis for the 2016 season. pic.twitter.com/J7pT3xrKQp
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 11, 2015
According to the Dodgers, the 27-year old Davis will initially call 50 road games for the Dodgers this season while Charley Steiner reprises his TV role for the remaining road games and Scully calls all of the Dodgers home games (and I assume, road games in San Francisco, though that hasn’t been announced yet).
Davis will also continue his work with Fox Sports, presumably through the 2016 MLB season (and probably into the college football and basketball schedules next year).
If Davis does end up being the heir apparent for Scully, the Dodgers made a good choice. He’s young (only a few years older than Scully than when he joined the Dodgers in 1950), polished, experienced, and multi-talented. Davis has worked nationally for both Fox and ESPN, and has worked his way up the ladder pretty quickly – he joined ESPN as a 24-year old in 2012.
Replacing Scully is an impossible task, but it would be a lot easier for the team to bring in an experienced young voice like Davis and let him work his way into the role rather than bringing in an older, experienced voice like Don Orsillo and having him continually compared to Scully.