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Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

Aug 23, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels.

But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I had a chance to come here (Los Angeles) in 1979,” Brennaman said. “They told me Vin wasn’t going to work forever.”

Vin Scully had already been broadcasting Dodgers games for 30 years at that point, so it must have been at least somewhat tempting for Brennaman to jump ship. Turns out he was wise to stay put.

On Sunday, the beloved Scully announced he would be returning to the Dodgers in 2011 for his 62nd season with the club, saying “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”

Vin Scully might not work forever, but I don’t think anyone — including Marty Brennaman — would begrudge him if he did.

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  1. Buccofan - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    I’ve spent over 30 years listening to Marty on the radio, hearing him go from “chipmunk on speed” rabid homerism to almost senior citizen play-by-play grump who’s neither afraid to applaud nor criticize the team. He’s no Vin (no one is), but he’s sure better than his Idiot Son, who’s never had a broadcasting job that “Dad” (as he calls his father on air) didn’t get him.
    I’m not a Reds fan, but I like Marty. Like Vin for the Dodgers, he’s comfort food, reminiscent of when I was young, skinny, had hair…

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