Prior to today’s broadcast –his first of the spring –Vin Scully was asked how he and the team would potentially be affected by a change in ownership. His answer:
This is just my own particular feeling: The things that happen in the front office, I don’t believe, have any affect whatsoever on the players or on us. It’s like on a ship, we’re down there shoveling coal and the big discussion is up on the bridge with the captain. Same thing. we’re not involved with them. So I can’t see any change in ownership having any effect at all. … The team finished up the last third of the season 41-25 – 16 games above .500. that’s pretty good baseball. If they can come up with two thirds like that in this division, they’re going to be very highly competitive. I don’t think the new ownership matters at all. The only difference perhaps, and I’m only guessing, but with a new ownership not as hard pressed for money because of the bankruptcy situation, maybe that will help Ned Colletti later on, because he certainly has not had much to work with this time of year.
Again, I repeat, ballplayers, they are remarkable. They have such unbelievable sense of concentration. I’ve seen players going through terrible divorces and scandals, God knows what, they walk up to the plate and somehow or another everything is screened out. That’s why I don’t think anything going on in the front office has anything to do with the players at all.
More from Scully about his reduced broadcast schedule in tomorrow’s editions.