As we’ve written earlier, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers is having a career year.
Simers is at it again. This time he’s managed to drag legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully into a feud with acerbic second baseman Jeff Kent. Kent has always been a bit of a dick, but this is a fight he can’t win.
In 59 years of broadcasting I can’t remember Scully EVER being touched by controversy. Now, after Simers relayed some of Scully’s play by play comments back to Kent, the LA second baseman said,
“Vin Scully talks too much.”
Unbelievable. Rather than back down from his comments, Kent repeated them at a Dodgers function where he addressed a WOMEN’S GROUP. I don’t know what possessed the Dodgers to choose Jeff Kent to speak before 200 women. Public speaking isn’t exactly his forte.
Finally, just what were the “controversial” comments made by Scully? He pointed out the statistical FACT that Kent is hitting .500 with newly acquired outfielder Manny Ramirez hitting behind him. Somehow Kent took this as a personaL insult,
“It diminishes my whole career and all the hard work. I take it as an insult.”
Kent has raised his batting average 20 points since the Ramirez trade.
BOMB THROWING LA TIMES COLUMNIST T.J. SIMERS