Los Angeles Dodgers’ legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is set to begin his 65th year with the franchise after an off-season in which he served as the Grand Marshal in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
Scully no longer does the full schedule of games, restricting himself to games in California or Arizona only; however, he’ll make the trek to Australia for the Dodgers’ opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the 86-year-old broadcaster has yet to decide whether this will be the year he steps away from the microphone:
Vin Scully said Monday he is ‘very unsure’ whether this season will be his last as the voice of the Dodgers.
This is 65 years, Scully said. That’s a retirement number.
Scully, 86, quickly emphasized he had made no decision on whether to retire. The Hall of Fame broadcaster said he would evaluate the matter this summer and would consider how well he feels physically and whether he can continue to do the job at a high level.
The beloved broadcaster was the center of attention surrounding the Rose Parade and now is the face of the Dodgers’ new channel, SportsNet LA. He’ll be on hand for the debut of the new channel at Camelback Ranch on February 25 and will be in the broadcast booth the next day for the team’s first spring training game. Many believe that a Dodgers’ World Series victory would be the proper send-off for the Hall of Fame voice of the team.
Scully did mention that he might be willing to come back after this season in a lesser role, if that was something that would work out for all parties. That could mean only hearing Scully in the 81 games that the Dodgers spend at Dodger Stadium. Whether Scully returns should not take away from enjoying his voice and stories for the upcoming 2014 season.
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