2014 May Not Be Skully’s Last Season

Good news from today’s L.A. Times. The upcoming 2014 baseball season may not be the last for Vin Scully, who I profiled in the WSJ in 2009 for his 60th anniversary.

Dodgers beat writer Bill Shaikin says:

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.”
ScullyScully, 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.
“I don’t mind getting older,” he said. “I just don’t want to get old.”
Scully, the voice of the Dodgers since 1950, calls home games but generally limits his travel to games in San Francisco, San Diego and Arizona. He said he expects to call about 110 games this season.
He said he might consider a lesser schedule beyond 2014 if the Dodgers had any interest in such a concept. Jerry Coleman, the San Diego Padres broadcaster who died last month at 89, called home day games in his final seasons.
Scully also said he appreciated overtures to participate in the profiles, documentaries and other behind-the-scenes programming that will accompany games on SportsNet LA, the all-Dodgers, all-the-time cable channel that launches Feb. 25. However, with game broadcasts by night and game replays by day, he said fans deserve to hear other voices.
“That will be more than enough of me,” Scully said. “I don’t want people to say, ‘Him again?’ ”


About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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