It’s time for Dodger baseball without Vin Scully? Not yet, to the relief and gratitude of Los Angeles.
Scully, the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster, announced Friday he would return in 2016. The season will be his 67th as the voice of the Dodgers.
The team revealed his decision on the video board at Dodger Stadium, to a raucous ovation, after the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Scully said nothing in the video. The decision was revealed on a succession of cue cards from Jimmy Kimmel, including two reading: “For one more year,” followed by “(at least).”
Scully turns 88 in November. Over the last few years, he has cut back his schedule – he no longer travels to regular-season games outside California – as fans have wondered whether each season might be his last.
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon scooped the Dodgers on Scully’s announcement of his decision.
“He’ll announce it tonight,” Maddon said before the game. Maddon would not reveal the decision but said, “I was happy about what he said.”
Maddon said he never has asked to take a picture with anyone. Until Friday, that is, when he got a photo taken with Scully. That was after Scully asked about Maddon’s mother, who runs the family diner in Hazleton, Pa.
“To get my photograph taken with him is very special,” Maddon said.