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We’ll have a little less Vin Scully this season

Mar 17, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Vin Scully announced last August that he was returning for his 63rd season in the booth. He has routinely skipped road trips outside of National League West opponents in recent years, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the 84-year-old plans to limit his travels even further this season.

The Dodgers are scheduled to play nine road games in Colorado this season, so we’re not talking about a big difference here. If this is what it takes to keep him happy and in the booth for a little longer, I’m all for it. Sure beats the alternative.

  1. DJ MC - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    One of the great pleasures I’ve discovered over the past couple of years is my cable system’s early season Extra Innings preview, so that I can turn on a Dodgers game late in the evening and listen to Vin Scully, despite being an Orioles fan 3,000 miles away.

    Always cool to hear.

  2. tigerman3 - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    We need Vin to provide the commentary on A Video game. Are you listenting Sony. i’m so tired of Matt Vestrgian every year.

    • bigtimer - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Be grateful you don’t have 2k baseball and have to listen to Gary Thorne, John Kruk and Steve Phillips. On the plus side they sound great with the mute button pressed.

  3. AlohaMrHand - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I could listen to Vin Scully read the entire phone book and be entertained.He is a living legend and of the last of the great stroytellers.

  4. florida76 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Sometimes, it’s an awkward situation with these older announcers, as they begin to ride off into the sunset. Kudos to Scully for cutting back his schedule, so we can enjoy him as long as possible. When these announcers slip badly due to age, it’s always tough to watch. Harry Carey was terrible towards the end, and Jack Buck was a shell of his former self in the 1992 NLCS. I still recall Buck being confused, giving out the wrong names of players on base. Pat Summerall also slipped badly toward the end of his NFL run, surprisingly, FOX still trots him out for the Cotton Bowl.

  5. astrosfan75956 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Love Vin Scully, living legend!

  6. yahmule - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I’m just thankful for another year of Vin Scully. His amazing talent is only surpassed by how humble he is about his accomplishments and the impact he’s had on generations of baseball fans.

  7. mauijim3 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    What makes him so great is that he can be the only voice in the booth and still deliver, unlike just about every other MLB team that has 2 or sometimes 3 guys in the booth and they all suck.

  8. chiadam - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Vin Scully = G.O.A.T.

  9. cup0pizza - Mar 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Vin rules!

  10. texastrojan - Mar 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Vin Scully is the BEST commentator in all sports imo. Every at-bat comes with a story. Actually makes watching baseball enjoyable!

  11. deadeyedesign23 - Mar 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    If humans have created a better sound than Vin Scully saying “Dodger Baseball” I haven’t heard it.

  12. lostsok - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    I remember driving into the Idaho desert in 1988 to catch Dodger radio on a Reno station for each of the last few starts made chasing Drysdale’s scoreless streak. Vin’s voice in the dark of the desert was a pure as baseball has ever been. More vivid that 1080 high def on a 52″ screen. I could smell the grass from 1,000 mile away.

  13. jwbiii - Mar 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Vin Scully for more than half of the Dodgers games is a glass that is more than half full. A glass that is more than half full of top shelf good stuff.

  14. gwb15 - Mar 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Vin is a legend and we should enjoy him calling games while we can…15

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