Earlier this season, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully made a surprise announcement he would return for his 66th season in 2015. The news was shared via video during a Dodgers home game and the fans in attendance gave Scully a standing ovation.
While Scully plans on returning next season, he will decrease the number of broadcasts he does. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the voice of the Dodgers wants to spend his time somewhere other than the press box:
I’m going to go to Anaheim for sure,” Scully said Tuesday night. “But I’m going to try to cut back on nights on the road. I really want to spend more time at home.”
Along with making the trip south to Anaheim, Scully travels with the team to San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona; this season, he also joined the Dodgers on their Opening Series in Australia. As for road games next season, Scully said he will base some of his travel plans on how well the team is doing during the season:
I won’t just go to go,” he said. “I would probably wait until the season unravels a little bit, rather than just go early in the year somewhere. They ought to be in another pennant race. It’s more fun.”
Though Scully is cutting back on his broadcasts, he expressed gratitude towards the Dodgers’ front office for allowing him to work a less busy schedule for this season and next:
They have been great,” Scully said. “They said, ‘You can do what you want.'”
Scully has deserved such accommodation as he was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and is regarded as the best to ever call a professional baseball game.
Though fans will hear less of Scully as time goes on, the Dodger broadcaster said he will be at all the Dodgers’ playoff games this season no matter the location. However, Scully will not be on television as he conducts the radio broadcasts for the team during the postseason.
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