Vin Scully’s 64th season as the voice of the Dodgers will not see the 85-year-old broadcaster reduce his workload.
With the exception of five dates on the Dodgers’ first homestand, when he had a bad cold, Scully announced every Dodger game in California and Arizona on KCAL (Channel 9) and Fox Sports Prime Ticket last season. He’ll follow the same schedule this year. That had been the plan all along; it was formalized Monday with the announcement of the Dodgers’ 2013 broadcast schedule.
But will he be in New York when the Yankees play the Dodgers June 18 and 19?
“Not at the moment,” a team spokesperson relayed via e-mail.
Scully set a very specific condition for announcing the Yankees games.
“If Sandy promises to go with me, I really would like to see Yankee Stadium, and the Dodgers and the Yankees,” he said last August, referring to his wife of 39 years. “That really gets my imagination stirring. First of all, I’ve never seen the new Yankee Stadium, but just to go back and play the Yankees.”
For all road games Scully does not attend, the broadcast booth will be manned by Steve Lyons, who is returning for his ninth season as an analyst on Dodger telecasts, and Eric Collins, who is entering his fifth season calling Dodger baseball.
National telecasts for the Dodgers this season include ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on May 5 vs. the Giants in San Francisco and eight Saturday games on FOX. FOX telecasts include May 25 vs. St. Louis, June 22 at San Diego, July 6 at San Francisco, July 13 vs. Colorado, Aug. 3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Aug. 10 vs. Tampa Bay, Aug. 24 vs. Boston and Sept. 7 at Cincinnati. ESPN, FOX, MLB Network and TBS will select additional games for regional and national broadcasts throughout the season.
The only notable change to the Dodgers’ broadcast lineup is on the radio side. Jorge Jarrín will join Kevin Kennedy and David Vassegh on the postgame “Dodgers Talk” call-in show.