Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest on Saturday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Vin Scully explained why he finally ceded to the Los Angeles City Council’s motion to re-name a portion of Elysian Park Avenue in his honor this week.
“I thought, you know, I’ve loved it here so much,” Scully said Saturday at the Dodgers’ annual FanFest. “You can’t leave very much behind. I thought, to the people who come here often, it would be like a hello as well as a goodbye.”
Scully, 88, said he would like to call the Dodgers’ season-ending road trip to San Francisco, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, but the rest of his road schedule is somewhat “up in the air.”
“I’d like to touch a couple bases, not beyond California though,” he said. “I would like to go to San Diego. I would like to go to Anaheim. A couple in San Francisco. That’ll be enough, I think.”
The Hall of Fame broadcaster is entering his 67th and final year with the Dodgers this season.
Justin Turner established himself as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman in 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
This is Part 51 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: .294/.370/.491, 16 home runs, 60 RBIs in 126 games
Seinfeld episode: “The Pitch” (Season 4, Episode 3)
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a .153 hitter in 577 career plate appearances. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Count Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among the fans of National League baseball.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Kershaw said he’s pleased with commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to table discussion of bringing the designated hitter rule to the NL.
“It’s just a better game. It really is,” Kershaw said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.
“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”
Here’s video of Kershaw speaking today about losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks and his off-season training:
The Dodgers have re-signed second baseman Howie Kendrick to a two-year contract pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The Dodgers have not confirmed the announcement.
Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury. He posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line along with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. He and Enrique Hernandez stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw inadvertently broke the news earlier Friday.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall, Kershaw said of the team’s position players, “obviously Howie’s still in the mix. Other than Jimmy (Rollins) I feel like we have our team back.”
A general view of a street sign honoring Vin Scully and Duke Snider at the former Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida in 1998. (L.A. Daily News file photo)
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a proposal Friday to rename Elysian Park Avenue from Sunset Blvd. to Stadium Way “Vin Scully Avenue.”
Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who introduced the motion Tuesday, said that the name change could become official in 30 days, per city law.
“We have a community outreach requirement,” Cedillo said. “We’ll start today to see if the neighbors have input.”