Vin Scully once considered Yankees announcing job

Vin Scully has been one of the most stable forces in baseball over the last 63 years. The legendary announcer is synonymous with the Dodgers after calling the team’s games since 1950 and moving with the organization from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. It’s difficult to imagine Scully as anything other than the Dodgers announcer and, while he says he never really came close to leaving the team, he did consider an offer that would have drastically changed the landscape of baseball announcers.

In a lengthy podcast interview with SI’s Jimmy Traina, Scully discussed being presented with an offer to announce Yankees games. The tidbit is mentioned in Scully’s Wikipedia page and was written about by Keith Olbermann a few years ago, but listening to the podcast was the first time I had heard about it.

Traina asked if Scully ever came close to leaving, and that’s when he mentioned the Yankees.

“Well no, not really leaving,” Scully told Traina. “I did many many years ago, shortly after we moved to California. A friend of mine in the advertising business who had to do with the Dodgers and other teams because of the major sponsorship, and he asked me if I would consider coming back to New York to broadcast the Yankees. He said, ‘Why don’t you think about it and let me know?’

“My heart was where I was. I was settled, and I said ‘I really do appreciate it, and I have nothing but admiration and respect for the Yankees, but I’m going to stay where I am.'”

Scully told Traina that he could have easily stayed with either ABC or NBC, for whom he broadcast other sports on a national stage, but he did not want to give up the Dodgers.

“There was no real tug in any other direction,” Scully said. “I felt I had found my home, and I was really reluctant to leave.”

Scully rarely does interviews of this length anymore, so it was a real treat to hear him answer so many questions. He talked about blending in with today’s digital age and his brushes with Twitter. He talked about learning what a soul patch and mullet are. He also discussed many aspects of his broadcasting career and philosophy.

Scully told Traina he accepted jobs calling golf and the NFL nationally because he wanted to challenge himself, and that he decided to end his time calling football after broadcasting Dwight Clark’s “The Catch,” figuring that was an excellent point to leave. The Hall of Fame broadcaster also explained why he believes a one-man booth is the best approach, why he doesn’t listen to other announcers, and why he doesn’t fraternize with the players much.

The entire interview is well worth a listen.

Vin Scully lip-reads Jim Tracy’s ejection in hilarious fashion (Video)

It’s always nice to see umpires get together on the field to make sure they made the right call after a questionable play, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. During the seventh inning of the Dodgers-Rockies game on Monday night, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler made what appeared to be a nice catch on a sinking liner. The call could have gone either way, as it appeared to just barely knick the ground but for the most part Fowler had it in the web of his glove. The umpire initially called it a catch.

However, Mike Estabrook changed the call to a trap after meeting with the rest of the umpiring crew. Considering how close of a play it was, they probably should have just let the call on the field stand — which appeared to be the right one. This infuriated Colorado manager Jim Tracy and led to some amazing commentary from Vin Scully, who lip-read from Tracy as he was being ejected.

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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.