Vin Scully is coming to Arizona to broadcast the Dodgers’ March 27 game against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SportsNet LA announced Thursday that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.
Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.
Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out by SportsNet LA, according to a spokesperson for the network.
MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live: March 5 vs. the White Sox, March 11 vs. the Cubs and March 12 vs. the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
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Here’s more from a Dodgers press release Thursday:
Clayton Kershaw’s bobblehead graciously posed for this picture posted to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.
The Dodgers filled out their 2015 bobblehead lineup Friday with four heavy hitters: Sandy Koufax on August 13 (vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m.), Justin Turner on September 1 (vs. Giants, 7:10 p.m.), Fernando Valenzuela on September 16 (vs. Rockies, 7:10 p.m.) and Vin Scully on September 23 (vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.).
The Dodgers will offer 10 total bobblehead giveaways this year. The other six:
· May 12 (7:10 pm) vs. Miami Marlins; Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead
· May 23 (7:10 pm) vs. Colorado Rockies; Adrian Gonzalez Bobblehead
· June 4 (7:10 pm) vs. St. Louis Cardinals; Kenley Jansen Bobblehead
· July 6 (7:10 pm) vs. Philadelphia Phillies; Maury Wills Bobblehead
· July 11 (7:10 pm) vs. Milwaukee Brewers; Juan Uribe Bobblehead
· July 29 (7:10 pm) vs. Oakland Athletics; Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
The Dodgers also added two postgame movie nights to the 2015 calendar: The Lego Movie on June 20 (4:15 p.m. vs. San Francisco) and Back to the Future on August 15 (6:10 p.m. vs. Cincinnati).
Screenings are free with a game-day ticket. Fans sitting in the right field pavilion and left field pavilion will be invited down to the field postgame for a better viewing experience.
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully shared his thoughts on the 2015 Dodgers in a 38-second clip for SportsNet LA recently. Since most of you don’t get the network, you might have missed it. Here is the unedited clip:
Pedro Martinez is on both the BBWAA and IBWAA Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. (Getty Images)
Tomorrow is the big day for the Hall of Fame class of 2015, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its election results at 11 a.m. on MLB Network.
A candidate must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction, as usual. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines are the most prominent names in the spotlight this year. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the final time as a player. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, remarkably, might be on the ballot for the final time as well if he isn’t named on 5 percent of the ballots.
The website BaseballThinkFactory.com is tabulating the results of BBWAA votes as they are made public on the internet. Not all votes will be made public on the internet.
I did not receive a BBWAA ballot, since I don’t have the necessary 10 years’ experience required to vote in the Hall of Fame election.
I did, however, cast a ballot in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame election. Those results will also be announced tomorrow. The IBWAA, founded in 2009, has several members (like myself) who belong to the BBWAA as well. A few even cast ballots in both Hall of Fame elections.
MLB has announced the start times for the first two games of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.
Game 1 will be at 3:37 p.m. Friday, televised on Fox Sports 1. Game 2 will be at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, televised on MLB Network.
Neither game will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
The start times for Games 3, 4 and 5 have yet to be announced.
Update (3:27 p.m.) The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will call the first three and last three innings of each playoff game, home and away. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will call the middle three innings on radio, the same arrangement as the 2013 postseason.
Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal are on the call for Game 2.
“That’s no graveyard, that’s an oil well, and they just hit a bonanza.”
Here are Vin Scully’s opening words to the Dodgers broadcast on September 17, 2001:
It’s not often that we get to see Chris Perez warm up on the mound anymore. He’s only pitched twice in September, so get a good look at this video.
As you watch closely, Vin Scully tells a story about meeting someone when he was 13 years old. Some lady named … Ruth. Baby Ruth.
In an interview set to air tonight on KNBC’s “Going Roggin,” Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner recalled the time Vin Scully called him prior to the 2005 season, his first with the Dodgers. “Everybody should have a moment like that in their lives,” Steiner says.
Check it out:
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss today’s and tomorrow’s games due to a chest cold. Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra will have the call on SportsNet LA. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy will be heard on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles.
Scully, 86, has been broadcasting Dodgers games for 65 years.