Posts Tagged ‘Vin Scully’

T.J. SIMERS STIRS UP VIN SCULLY/JEFF KENT FEUD

August 17, 2008

VIN SCULLY

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

IS VIN SCULLY RETIRING?

May 2, 2008

Is Vin Scully retiring?

Recent comments by the Los Angeles Dodgers announcer seemed to indicate this might be his final season. Scully is 80-years-old and his contract with the Dodgers expires at the end of the current year.

Scully may be 80, but he hasn’t lost ANYTHING. He’s still the best baseball announcer in the world. I am a native of Southern California and like most Angelinos there has never been a day in my life when Vin Scully wasn’t the announcer of the Dodgers.

In today’s LA Times, Bill Plaschke writes about the unthinkable. The Dodgers with no Vin Scully.

Plaschke interviewed Scully for the article. Scully left the door open for a possible return but did not guarantee he would come back next season. Scully told Plaschke,

“You could write, ‘He’s going to wait until August or September and evaluate how he is feeling,’ ” Scully said. “I think that’s smart, that’s wise, just let it ride, then have a meeting with the McCourts and see what happens. I sense something good is going to come out of that meeting.”

At 80 with a bevy of children and grandchildren and over a half century of road trips, the travel of being a baseball announcer has worn on Scully. Already Scully doesn’t make any Dodger road trips east of Denver.

But Scully is STILL an integral part of Dodger baseball. Unlike many others who broadcast games at an advanced age, Scully hasn’t lost a thing in terms of delivery.

Plaschke pointed out today that,

Vin Scully has the only sports voice in this town that really matters.

and

Vin Scully is this city’s last civic treasure

Even though he’s an East Coast out-of-towner, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt recognizes Scully’s value to the franchise. He says he will sit down with him at the end of the year to negotiate a new contract.

That may be bad news for McCourt. Former Dodger General Manager Buzzie Bavasi died this week at 93. As a baseball executive he suffered through the duel holdouts of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. He was also with the Angels when pitcher Nolan Ryan hit free agency. However, when asked who was the toughest person he ever faced in contract negotiations Bavasi always responded, “Vin Scully.”