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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vin Scully has no interest in guest return to broadcast booth

Vin Scully pressbox

As the Los Angeles Dodgers march toward the conclusion of a historic season, there has been some quiet talk of bringing legendary broadcaster Vin Scully back for a guest appearance so he can at least have a small role in their story. Scully’s successor, Joe Davis, has been particularly enthusiastic about the idea.

The Dodgers may well offer, but Scully himself has no intention of taking them up on it if they do.

“I’m very careful about that,” Scully told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “Fox has been kind every year when the Dodgers get into the playoffs. They’ve asked me to come in and do an inning or so. I don’t want to do that, and I certainly don’t want to get in the way of the Dodger broadcasts. They’re the ones who have been riding the horse all the way. I would feel very awkward, as if people might think I can’t wait to get back in the spotlight.

“It’s very thoughtful of Joe and I appreciate his remarks, but, no, I’m done. There’s a line rattling around in my head: Once upon a time comes around once.”

Unfortunately for, well, everyone, Scully is humble to a fault and hates being the story. As great as it would be to hear him call a game or even an inning for this historically great team, he appears quite content in retirement and doesn’t want to take any headlines away from the Dodgers themselves. Besides, when you can go out like he did, why come back, even for just a cameo?

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