In this crazy week, when trade rumors are amplified and dissected with every passing second, the
On the public address system. On the video board. In the second inning.
Surely this would be good news for the home team.
Better, as it turned out. Way better.
Hyun-Jin Ryu delivered the news in Korean, and there was barely any reaction at
In any language, the news was delightful: Vin Scully is coming back next year.
Scully thought long and hard about whether to return for a 66th season, at several points last year telling friends he believed this year might be his last. Scully, widely considered the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time, was inducted into the Hall of Fame 32 years ago. He turns 87 in November.
"It is very difficult to say goodbye," Scully said in a statement. "God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch.
"It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched and this is not the time."
And that returned the focus to the issue at hand: Might the Dodgers be about to say goodbye to one of their outfielders?
In these final hours before Thursday's trading deadline, the Dodgers' priority is clear: Add pitching — a starter or a reliever, or better yet one of each.
Of the Dodgers' top three prospects — outfielder Joc Pederson, infielder
The Dodgers also could expand a deal — or do a separate deal — in order to clear their logjam of veteran outfielders.
With the Dodgers in first place in the
"The way the team is playing, I'd be surprised if something like that were to happen. But you never know," Crawford said. "I thought I was stuck in Boston for seven years. I was out of there in a year and a half."
Crawford said he is not hoping to be traded somewhere he could be assured of playing every day.
"I can't speak for the rest of the guys," he said. "For myself, winning is the bigger picture right now. It eases the pain of not playing, a little bit.
"I've tried to make it real clear I like being here. I don't think about being anywhere else right now."
Neither does Ethier, who is the odd man out for the moment. Manager
"I don't think you can use the word 'settle,'" Ethier said. "A lot of things can happen over the course of a week, or a couple days.
"If we have a chance to win — and everybody believes that — this is where I want to be. I want to win a championship, in whatever capacity I'm involved. I've been here for a long time trying to achieve that goal. It's something I want to be a part of — playing every day, coming off the bench, or whatever is needed."
Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, has suggested Kemp would welcome a trade to any team that would play him in center field. On Tuesday, Kemp declined to say where he would want to be after the trade deadline.
"I'm not worried about that right now," he said. "I'm playing right field for the Dodgers now. I'm helping my team win."