The Dodgers announced their 2016 promotional calendar today, and you can read the full list here.
Here are the 10 best stadium giveaways, in no particular order:
The Dodgers will have a new television play-by-play voice for road games in 2016: Joe Davis.
Davis, 27, is already a veteran of several national MLB, college football and college basketball telecasts on Fox Sports. He’ll call 50 games on SportsNet LA with Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and dugout reporter Alanna Rizzo next season.
“Joe Davis has put together an outstanding play-by-play resume,” Dodgers chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have one of the top young sports broadcast talents in the nation join our great television team.”
Davis is scheduled to call Saturday’s college football game between Washington and Utah on Fox Sports.
Update (5 p.m.): Davis will call Kansas-TCU on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, per colleague Tom Hoffarth, who spoke to Davis at length this afternoon.
If you can’t wait that long, I did a quick YouTube search for some of Davis’ clips and came up with this high school football game from 2012 on ESPN:
Charley Steiner is slated to do play-by-play on the 31 road telecasts that Davis doesn’t call. Vin Scully will call all 81 home games. I’m told he might do some road games as well, likely close to home (Anaheim, San Francisco, etc.), though that hasn’t been determined yet. Scully’s schedule wasn’t announced until spring training last year.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:
In a forthcoming interview with SportsNet LA, Vin Scully says he will “definitely” return to the Dodgers in 2016 after a health issue forced him out of the booth for the final series of 2015.
Here is a clip from the interview with Alanna Rizzo, which will air on Access:SportsNet tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Pacific Time:
The Dodgers announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully underwent a “recommended medical procedure” this morning and is resting comfortably. Scully will miss the postseason.
The team offered no further details, remarking only that Scully “is looking forward to returning to the Dodgers for the 2016 season, his 67th with the Dodgers.”
Last season, the 87-year-old broadcaster was relegated to radio duties for the Dodgers’ first-round series against the St. Louis Cardinals. TBS holds the television rights to the National League playoffs this year.
SportsIllustrated.com has a great piece up about Vin Scully’s early years as a broadcaster in Brooklyn. It’s a revealing retrospective, pulling back the curtain to the broadcast booth during a time when Scully was just getting started.
One cool passage from David J. Halberstam:
With those two gone, Scully’s star rose. At last he was given the air time to grow his talent. He loosened himself of the grips of Barber and carved his own style that was warm, entertaining and inimitable. In 1957, when he told his audience that he just spilled a cup of coffee over a pair of slacks fresh out of the dry cleaners, Barber wasn’t there to say, “Who cares?” Scully had built sufficient capital and respect to do things his way.