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Vin Scully baffled by inability of Major League teams to execute a proper rundown

The Dodgers fell behind to the Phillies 2-0 early on Monday night before eventually losing 3-2. During the top of the third inning, the Dodgers went all Little League and botched a rundown, much to the chagrin of Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully.

Scully, who is typically mild-mannered on telecasts and always provides one of the smoothest calls, admonished the team for butchering what should have been an easy play.

“If there’s one consistent disappointment that I have had in watching Major League games, it is the inability of Major League teams to do a successful rundown,” Scully vented. “And the way they butchered that play … it’s amazing. Kids in the streets could do better rundown plays than big leaguers. Why? Maybe because they don’t practice it.

“The Dodgers join the long list of distinguished ball clubs that absolutely butcher the rundown play,” he said, disappointed.

The Dodgers screwing up that play was bad enough, but getting scolded by Vin Scully is much much worse. If I’m them, first thing I’m doing in practice is working on the rundown. And that’s not so they can execute it properly, but just to avoid incurring the wrath of Scully again.

Magic Johnson gets Vin Scully’s name wrong twice at new Dodgers owners press conference

Magic Johnson spoke enthusiastically at the Dodgers’ new owner press conference held at Chavez Ravine on Wednesday, but he made one major mistake. As LBS contributor Arsen Dadyan pointed out to us, Magic actually called legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully “Vince” on two occasions (seen at the 6:30 mark in the video above).

The former Lakers star spoke about all the great things the new owners of the Dodgers were going to accomplish. He promised that “we’re going to win again,” and “we’re committed for the long haul.”

And while Johnson did a great job leading the pep rally and giving the fans plenty of reasons to expect great things in the future, he showed that maybe he’s not quite as knowledgeable about the team as the front he’s created would indicate.

No true fan of the team would call Vin Scully “Vince.” Scully is widely regarded as the greatest announcer in baseball, and perhaps all sports. Everyone knows his name is Vin. But for someone like Magic Johnson, who comes across more as a figurehead paraded out in front of the masses as the ownership’s representative because of his legendary status in LA is comforting to the fans, this seems like a sure sign that he’s been fudging it all along.

Vin Scully not calling games east of Arizona

Longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is scaling back his broadcasting schedule and won’t call games east of Arizona this season, the team’s broadcasting schedule shows.

Scully is 84 and has called Dodgers games for 62 seasons (!!!). He pared down his traveling schedule the past few seasons by not calling games east of Colorado, but now it looks like he will no longer be making the trip for Rockies games.

Luckily the Dodgers play in the NL West and many of their games are nearby Los Angeles, so he can still do Giants, Padres, and Diamondbacks games.

Even though Scully is older and not as sharp as he used to be, most fans would agree it’s more enjoyable to hear him calling games than anyone else, so we’ll take whatever he can give us.

Vin Scully Scolds Fans Who Think All-Star Game Should Determine Home Field in W.S.

Of all the changes Bud Selig has introduced to Major League Baseball (e.g. wild card, interleague play), having the All-Star Game determine home field advantage in the World Series is by far the dumbest. I could give you all the reasons why, but it sounds much better coming from Vin Scully’s mouth.

The Dodgers announcer took offense to fans who voted 77% in favor of the All-Star Game determining home field advantage in the World Series in the nightly text message question. He went off as if he were talking about the Denver Nuggets and their tattoos. Check out what he said.

“Do you realize what you voted for? Do you realize you are taking an exhibition game and determining the home field advantage for the crown jewel of all of baseball, the World Series? Listen, you want to call in and cancel your vote? Alright, be stubborn.”

That’s not the first time Scully has lectured the fans during a telecast, but it’s no less awesome any time he does. Vin has an unrivaled historical perspective of the game and he’s recognized as the face of the Dodgers. His words carry a tremendous amount of significance, so maybe MLB will listen when he says something.

Three years ago I wrote up my suggestions to improve the MLB All-Star Game and removing the home field advantage aspect was at the top of my list. Hopefully MLB will get a clue before too much more of this nonsense goes on. Meanwhile I’m still waiting for Scully to use his powerful voice to speak out against Frank McCourt …

Vin Scully Jokes About Jack McKeon’s Lack of Twitter Knowledge (Video)

When 80-year-old Jack McKeon was named the interim manager of the Marlins, there were instant concerns that he would not be able to relate to the players like he did in the 2003 World Series year. Though he put his foot down with Hanley Ramirez, he proved his disconnect with the younger players regarding a lack of twitter knowledge. Check out this video courtesy of Sports Grid (click the close ad on the top right to watch):

Maybe McKeon doesn’t know how to operate twitter (not unlike many young friends of mine), but I’m sure he’s heard of it and was just joking. Still, there’s something humorous about hearing 83-year-old Vin Scully joke about it, even if this isn’t the first time he’s cracked jokes at someone’s expense. And if you’re wondering how the subject even came up during the Dodgers-Tigers telecast, a producer or assistant must have shared the tweet Logan Morrison sent out after Tuesday’s game.

Morrison wrote on twitter “McKeon asked me what I had going on tonite. Told him I was going home 2 play w/ Twitter. He replied “oh, what kind of dog is it?”

The only thing that could possibly top that video is if Vin Scully had a twitter account and were following Logan Morrison with it. Now that would be a trip.

Vin Scully Extra Saucy on Telecast

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully may be getting older and his time might be ticking, but he sure hasn’t lost his edge. Sure, we’ve seen him express disgust by scolding the media and giving them a history lesson, but I don’t remember Vinny getting off as good of a one-liner like the one he got off on Wednesday. As LBS contributor Danny tipped us, Scully was talking about Joe DiMaggio’s 1941 season in which the Yankee Clipper had 621 plate appearances and struck out only 13 times while hitting .357. Vinny being Vinny related that to the Diamondbacks saying their third baseman, Mark Reynolds, strikes out that many times in batting practice. Ouch!

Reynolds of course led the majors in strikeouts each of the last two seasons, setting a Major League record with 223 last season, breaking his record set the previous year. If you thought Scully’s sauciness ended with that remark, then you were wrong. Later in the game Casey Blake came up to the plate for his fourth at-bat in the top of the 8th. Blake had struck out every time up and proceeded to do the same against Aaron Heilman, giving him the Golden Sombrero. If you thought Scully would have words of encouragement for Blake and the fans, you were wrong. In a disgusted tone, Vinny said “What do you say to a guy who strikes out four times? Don’t tell me ‘hang in there.’” I don’t know what got into Vin Scully on Wednesday night but I have to say I don’t mind his acerbic tone — especially when it gives us this type of comedy.

Vin Scully Rips Denver Nuggets for all the Tattoos

Longtime Dodgers broadcaster and franchise icon, Vin Scully, is well respected for his ability to call a game and tell stories. He’s usually known to discuss most issues in a positive light but he’s brought down the hammer of truth for certain occasions. On Monday night when the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks 3-2, Scully shared with the audience some thoughts of disgust. Vin was describing the tattoos of Arizona utility man Ryan Roberts who was at-bat when he got in this blast:

“Did you see as many tattooed people outside of the circus with that Denver basketball team? They must not have a drop of ink in Colorado.”

Damn Vin, tell us how you really feel. Seriously, between Chris Andersen, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony, and Anthony Carter, it’s hard not to look at the Nuggets and be immediately struck by the preponderance of body ink. Aside from the national TV ratings generated by the Lakers, the tats have to be another reason David Stern is counting his lucky stars the Lakers advanced. I’ll say this much: I had no idea Scully would even be watching any Western Conference playoff basketball. Guess he has some time on his hands during those road trips.

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