Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully made millions of baseball fans happy last month when he announced that he would return to the TV and radio booth next year for his 65th season with the Dodgers. Now it appears that the 2014 season could be it for Scully, reports Ben Bergman of 89.3 KPCC:
"Right, I’m pretty well sure – and I don’t want to go back and forth with it – but I’m looking to next year and thinking that should be about it," Scully told KPCC in a recent interview.
Soon to be 86, Scully has been on one-year contracts with the Dodgers for several years now, and has cut down his traveling with the club considerably over the past few seasons. This year, Scully limited his travels to within California and just a few nearby states.
He has hinted at retirement for several years now, however, so his statement should be taken with a dollop of salt.
In fact, Scully told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times that no retirement plans have been made:
“I wasn’t making a declaration,” Scully said. “I guess it was misconstrued. Each year is my last, until the next one. I never say yes or no.”
If Scully makes his post-2014 retirement official sometime before next April, it's possible that he could get a retirement tour of sorts a la Mariano Rivera -- though, obviously limited to the few cities he travels to. If nothing else, Los Angeles plans to honor the Hall of Fame broadcaster in some way.
LA mayor Eric Garcetti suggested that the city name a street after Scully, but the broadcaster has said he does not want that, stating that the "mayor has a lot more important things to do than name a street after me."