Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully remains undecided about whether he will return to the broadcast booth next season, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Scully, who has been calling Dodgers games since 1950, will turn 88 in November.
Scully has been taking it year-to-year for several seasons now, and it’s usually around this time of year when he announces his plans for the future. Obviously they’ve always included broadcasting. Scully told Shaikin he doesn’t want to commit to anything too soon.
Here’s more from Shaikin:
He previously has said he has three priorities in making his annual decision. His health is foremost — and, last week’s cold aside, he said his health is fine.
He does not want to extend his career to the point where he is no longer an effective broadcaster. To us, he remains the best in the business, as evidenced by weaving the mother of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams into a story about Charles Manson last week.
He also likes to sit down and see what his wife, Sandra, and the Dodgers — in that order — might have to say. The decision might be his, but he cannot imagine making it without the support of his family and employers.
These days Scully only covers home games and nearby road games, specifically games in San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim and Arizona. SportsNet LA has other broadcasters who cover the rest of the road schedule.
Scully has been calling Dodgers game since they played in Brooklyn. He has been behind the mic for 20 no-hitters, three perfect games (Sandy Koufax, Don Larsen, Dennis Martinez) and countless World Series and postseason games.
It goes without saying we’re all selfishly hoping Scully decides to return for another season. Baseball wouldn’t be the same without him.
Credit to CBS Sports who originally published this article