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Los Angeles Dodgers: Vin Scully Must Retire Now!
Bleacher Report ^ | September 2, 2012 | Marko Realmonte

Posted on 09/02/2012 12:28:11 PM PDT by EveningStar

How old is too old?

I'll give you a hint: 85 is too old to be broadcasting play-by-play baseball on TV. Vin Scully is old enough to be pitcher Clayton Kershaw's great grandfather. He's been with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 63 seasons, and he should have retired about 15 years ago.

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In modern baseball, there are two or three announcers in the booth. They talk to each other.

I prefer old time announcers who work alone it the booth, like Scully. They talk to us.

Now this may be a moot point, since it looks like Scully will be back next year. However, let's discuss this writer's premise: How about it folks, is Scully over the hill? Has he lost his touch? Is it time for him to retire?

1 posted on 09/02/2012 12:28:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

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3 posted on 09/02/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

blasphemy. what an a$$hat.


4 posted on 09/02/2012 12:30:02 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: EveningStar

Vin Scully is one of the main reasons I enjoy watching the Dodgers on my MLB.TV subscription.


5 posted on 09/02/2012 12:30:32 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: EveningStar

I love Scully. I don’t think it’s time for him to go. He’s been the best part of the Dodgers for the past few years.

Let him stay until he wants to leave.


6 posted on 09/02/2012 12:31:04 PM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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To: EveningStar

Not really as far as I can tell. I have the MLBTV and I enjoy listening to Vin Scully whenever I can.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 12:31:37 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: EveningStar

Scully talks too much.

You’d never know there was a game going on, listening to him babble.


8 posted on 09/02/2012 12:33:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EveningStar

I tune into the Dodgers for that very reason. Vin!!!!


9 posted on 09/02/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: EveningStar

I’ve been in the media business for nearly thirty years and have called baseball and a myriad of other sports. Scully is just fine.

Dodgers fans, or the intelligent ones at any rate, know exactly what kind of treasure they’ve got.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 12:33:33 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: EveningStar

“Is it time for him to retire?”
Listening to Vin Scully tell the story of a baseball game is a treasure as was Red Barbor.
Retire? why? Haven’t heard ANYONE do a game better and if he loves doing it I hope GOD takes him while doing a game.


11 posted on 09/02/2012 12:34:27 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: EveningStar

WOW what a jerk for this ass to say something so horrible. Vince Scully is a legend here in LA, he is the Chick Hearn of baseball. He can retire when he damn well pleases


12 posted on 09/02/2012 12:34:39 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: JohnBrowdie

You got it right. BleacherReport is a collection of asshat writers and they seem to revel in being known that way. Most members of a college sports forum I frequent will deride any forum post that uses BleacherReport as a source.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 12:37:21 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: EveningStar
It's a typical attitude in many businesses today. The incumbents in a job are hoarding the positions and keeping younger workers from advancing.

-PJ

14 posted on 09/02/2012 12:37:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I don’t know Scully but I know that Ernie Harwell was the voice of the Tigers forever and we’re still missing him. Guys like that become a central part of the team.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 12:38:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: EveningStar

Scully is an American icon. Red Barber, Ernie Harwell, Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Mel Allen. Scully is the last of a vanishing breed. May Scully broadcast for fifteen more years.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 12:38:56 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: conservaKate

He is a fantastic part of Baseball....just a joy to listen to.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 12:41:48 PM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: cripplecreek

After Chick Hearn died, Vin is all we really have left as far as announcer legends. I enjoy hearing him do the play by play, makes the game more interesting, and he says it like it is


18 posted on 09/02/2012 12:43:29 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: EveningStar
Scully is the best sports announcer that I ever heard. At 85 he still puts the others to shame. Actually he is even better because he has an encyclopedic memory of everything baseball. He can call a game and still fill you in on historical or funny things that happened fifty or sixty years ago because he was there.

I hate to listen to the current batch of announcers because they appear bored with the game and spend too much time talking about where they ate last night or their favorite color, since most of the relevant information is on the TV screen they just babble on about everything except the game.

Vin still truly seems to enjoy watching and sharing the game and his knowledge with the fans.

19 posted on 09/02/2012 12:44:21 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: EveningStar
His Gibson HR call will always be memorable..

No not that one...(pffft....I'm a Tiger's fan)

Gibson off of Gossage in '84...

"...and there it gooooes!"

20 posted on 09/02/2012 12:44:24 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: EveningStar
Horrible article - the writer doesn't give any reasons for Scully to leave other than he's old. His fascination with Scully’s age probably says more of the author's fear of mortality than Scully’s expertise.
21 posted on 09/02/2012 12:48:41 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: EveningStar

Marko Unrealmonte is batting .110 on his blogsite, thus is trolling here for a few bloop hits.


22 posted on 09/02/2012 12:50:25 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

I miss Joe Morgan on ESPN Sunday night baseball.


23 posted on 09/02/2012 12:50:54 PM PDT by Taylor42
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To: EveningStar
If the product on the field is new, fresh and exciting, then why is grandpa still at the mic?

Because Vin has been in the booth since the booth was at Ebbets Field. Because almost no living Dodger fan today remembers a time when he wasn’t in the booth. Because multiple generations of Dodger fans have grown up listening to him call the game. Because multiple generations of Dodger fans like him and think the world of him. Because he was and is one of the best in the game. Most importantly, because Dodger fans would lynch the owners if they ever even tried to fire him.

Trust me, God will call Vinny up to The Show soon enough as it is. Dodger fans know that. Dodger fans know they’ll eventually have to get used to somebody else. It already happened with Chick Hearn over at the Lakers. No need to rush it.

24 posted on 09/02/2012 12:51:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: EveningStar
I met Vin Scully once while traveling on business.

We sat around the hotel lobby enjoying a couple of adult beverages after a long day--and invited the famed announcer to join us.

He was a very regular guy with a great sense of humor...
Polite and classy...

And when our impromptu group of baseball fans began to disperse-- we asked the waiter for the tab....

Only to find it had been already been quietly "taken care of..."

.... by Vin Scully.

25 posted on 09/02/2012 12:59:49 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Ernie Harwell farewell speech. Its still a blurry screen maker for those who loved him. The man was a poet and a true Christian. Even a year before his death he still had that strong voice at 91 years old.

They just don’t make them like that generation any more.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=6688931&topic_id=9822406&c_id=det

Dodgers Legends: Vin and Ernie

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8211861


26 posted on 09/02/2012 1:01:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

They said Joe Paterno was too old to continue at his job too. And look how wrong they were.


27 posted on 09/02/2012 1:12:31 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: EveningStar

Hey, isn’t this hate speech against the aging?

Why not consider his experience?


28 posted on 09/02/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: EveningStar

This a**hole sport writer need shut f**** up ES

That all to it

Vin is da man


29 posted on 09/02/2012 1:23:59 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: EveningStar

looks like they took the article down.. haha could not stand the heat


30 posted on 09/02/2012 1:30:31 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: EveningStar

Scully is better at 85 than any other MLB announcer I can think of. And there’s a good reason he’s a living legend. Not only is Mr. Scully supremely talented, he’s also the product of another era, before the advent of television, when play-by-play men had to describe the action to a radio audience.

As someone who labored in the salt mines of broadcasting before having the good sense to join the military, I can tell you there is a world of difference between calling the games for the two mediums. On TV, you’re more of a traffic cop, setting up the color guy (and the replay highlights) while offering minimalist play-by-play. One of my pet peeves about the current generation of announcers is that they “over-describe” action that is readily evident to the viewer.

Radio is a totally different game. The great ones, like Scully, literally create an audio canvas, making the listener feel like he’s sitting behind home plate. If you want to hear a true professional at work, listen to Scully describe the action while working in all the promos and other announcements he’s required to make. Seamless and seemingly effortless—just a marvel to listen to.

Scully really is the last of a breed, the play-by-play man indelibly associated with a single team. Jack Buck and Ernie Harwell were the only announcers that were comparable in terms of skill and longevity. Ernie still sounded great at the end of his long career, but Jack’s voice faded badly over the last decade of his tenure with the Cardinals. However, I will say that Jack was probably a better football announcer than Vin Scully; Buck and Hank Stram were masterful for many years on the CBS radio version of “Monday Night Football.”

For those of you who live in SoCal, enjoy Scully while he’s still around. There will never be another like him, and when you’re stuck with his replacement, some blow-dried ESPN transplant, perhaps even the idiots at The Bleacher Report will appreciate the excellence of Vin Scully.


31 posted on 09/02/2012 1:35:43 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: EveningStar
Scully is still doing Good....

I like to hear about the History of the game....it goes Way Back there....before I arrived on this Globe.

The rest of the stuff....I can remember myself...LOL!

32 posted on 09/02/2012 1:42:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: EveningStar

I live in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks are my team. I am a lifelong Yankees fan. I despise the Dodgers. But give me Vin Scully.


33 posted on 09/02/2012 1:45:23 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Taylor42
I miss Joe Morgan on ESPN Sunday night baseball.
Surely you jest. Joe Morgan's racist attitude is second only to Al Sharpen.
Reminds me of Hank Aaron who pops up on TV over the last 25-30 years.
Never fails to let us know how he suffered in the 50s and 60s like it was last week, like you the viewer did it to him, and it's still going on.
Sorry Hank, I didn't root against you because of the color of your skin. It was because Willie Mays was my favorite player,
34 posted on 09/02/2012 1:51:07 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: EveningStar

The author should STFU. Scully retires when he wants to retire.


35 posted on 09/02/2012 1:53:37 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM)
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To: EveningStar

Heeb Carneal announced for the Twins until he was 81 or 82. I never felt he lost his touch. He died about a year after he retired.


36 posted on 09/02/2012 2:05:08 PM PDT by stevem
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To: BenLurkin
I see every Dodger broadcast and I agree with you about Scully talking too much. I'll never forget Jeff Kent's reply to a reporter asking about Vinnie's contention that he benefited by hitting ahead of Manny Ramirez. "Scully talks too much."

I think his age is showing, in that his short-term memory is gone. He relies on reading statistics and press book bios most of the time from his monitors, frequently repeating himself. When Kershaw pitched the other night, he called him Koufax two or three times. He calls Arizona's Goldschmidt "Goldsmith," for instance. Dexter Fowler, of the Rockies, is always "daddy longlegs." And then there's the "zephyr blowing from left to right" and a ton of self-consciously mundane side comment references to art and literature, attempting to display his erudition.

As a lifelong listener and admirer of Vin Scully, it's painful for me to address this decline. When he sticks to describing the play on the field, he's the best there ever was. His play-by-play is beyond compare; but what they call the "color" has become annoying to me. I'm turning his voice off for much of each game.

And don't get me started on Eric Collins.

37 posted on 09/02/2012 2:10:38 PM PDT by Misterioso (The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: JohnBrowdie

>>blasphemy. what an a$$hat.<<

Absolutely! Vin Scully has been and will continue to be the greatest treasure L.A. has ever had, even well after he starts calling the games for St. Peter.

I assure you, Vin will know when it is time to stop.

This person should be run out of town on a rail. Or be forced to exclusively cover why L.A. doesn’t have an NFL team.


38 posted on 09/02/2012 2:14:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 97+% of the black vote)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

..And the best ones could call the game even when they didn’t know what was going on. Al Schuss, the Padres announcer in their minor league days, was a master at calling away games from the studio using only a teletype feed and some sound effects. Once, when the wire went down in the middle of a game, Al kept one batter at the plate for half an hour and nobody was the wiser.


39 posted on 09/02/2012 2:17:29 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

The last one to do such recreations was Les Keiter, who did the Hawaii Islanders broadcasts, that was well into the 1970s.

When I lived in Hawaii as a kid, I lived and died with the Islanders, I probably listened to every game on the radio.


40 posted on 09/02/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: EveningStar

MILO BIRTHDAY CAKE – During a tearful birthday celebration at Minute Maid Park today… Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton was honored and congratulated on his 85th birthday.


41 posted on 09/02/2012 2:22:30 PM PDT by Eaker (Stripping Americans of their freedom and dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.)
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To: EveningStar

Bleacher Report pulled the article!


42 posted on 09/02/2012 2:22:53 PM PDT by Misterioso (The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

One of Scully’s gifts has always been knowing when to shut up. Vin calls Henry AAron’s 715th home run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfYg_kNtTk


43 posted on 09/02/2012 2:25:50 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Shady
He is a fantastic part of Baseball....just a joy to listen to.

Indeed he is. You guys will miss him when he does go, like those of us in the Midwest miss Jack Buck.

I'll just say that if the Dodgers are dumb enough to let him go, please send him over to Fox Sports Midwest.

44 posted on 09/02/2012 2:26:26 PM PDT by Marathoner (Vote Romney 2012 to get rid of Obama. Vote Palin/West 2016 to finish the job.)
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To: ColdOne

Vin Scully is to the Dodgers what Myron Cope was to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bob Prince was to the Pittsburgh Pirates...a TREASURE.


45 posted on 09/02/2012 2:30:41 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: EveningStar

Baseball announcing reached its glory days in the 1950’s World Series with the Yankees/Dodgers and Mel Allen and Vince Scully.

They actually called the games, not the endless babble that these ex-jocks like McCarver do.

And for a while the Yankees in season play had Allen and Red Barber, who reported about the games, not themselves.

How about that! He’s sitting in the catbird seat!
Sigh.


46 posted on 09/02/2012 2:36:15 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: oldbill
"Baseball announcing reached its glory days in the 1950’s World Series with the Yankees/Dodgers and Mel Allen and Vince Scully. They actually called the games, not the endless babble that these ex-jocks like McCarver do."

You nailed it. EWTN is the worst.

47 posted on 09/02/2012 2:40:55 PM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: dfwgator
In the early 70’s, I worked for one of the TV networks. Satellites weren't in use in those days, and we got the west coast network feed by telephone company microwave. At 3 every afternoon, we'd record the incoming network news as it was aired from New York. A runner would be standing by, and he'd grab the tape and hotfoot it for LAX, where it'd be handed to the pilot of a United flight headed for Honolulu. That's how you got your 11pm network news every night.
48 posted on 09/02/2012 2:49:24 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: EveningStar

Vin Scully is an artist. He comes from the radio era when the announcer had to make the game real and alive to listeners. The washdup jock and gas bags on MLB and ESPN should be locked in a room and made to watch his broadcasts. The game is the thing, not the jabberwockeys.


49 posted on 09/02/2012 2:52:03 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: MestaMachine

Mom and I loved it during the end of the season, since we lived in CA we got the Dodger broadcast and Vin was the reason we tuned in. He would do the Dodger play by play and every other team that was in the race updates.


50 posted on 09/02/2012 2:53:46 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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