Vin Scully, 87, has said that 2016 will probably be his last year in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
The idea of renaming one of the streets around Dodger Stadium after Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully isn’t new, but an idea by itself only goes so far.
Los Angeles City Council member Gilbert Cedillo has formally proposed that the portion of Elysian Park Avenue from Sunset Blvd. to Stadium Way be renamed “Vin Scully Avenue.” It’s a necessary first step for the idea to become reality.
In his motion filed Tuesday, Cedillo writes:
The Dodgers announced on August 28, 2015 that Scully would be back for the 2016 season, his 67th with the Dodgers. At a press conference August 29, Scully said 2016 would probably be his final year.
In light of Vin Scully’s remarkable and unprecedented career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it is appropriate that the name of a portion of Elysian Park Avenue from Sunset Boulevard to Dodger Stadium Way be legally changed to “Vin Scully Avenue.”
I THEREFORE MOVE that the City Engineer be directed to begin the process of changing the name of Elysian Park Avenue from Sunset Boulevard to Dodger Stadium Way to “Vin Scully Avenue.”
The news was ironically overshadowed a bit by the Dodgers’ own civic activities during the team’s annual community caravan. Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts was commended by the County Board of Supervisors for becoming the Dodgers’ first minority manager. On Wednesday, the team held a private event in San Bernardino — attended by outfielder Andre Ethier, special advisor Tommy Lasorda, Steve Garvey and others — to support law enforcement officials and families affected by the recent mass shooting in the city.
When Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti floated the idea of renaming a street after Scully in 2013, Scully said he didn’t like the idea.
Dodgers minor leaguer Angelo Songco is on the roster for the team from the Philippines scheduled to play in the World Baseball Classic qualifying series beginning Feb. 11 in Sydney, Australia.
Songco, 27, recently signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers after spending last season in the independent American Association. The first baseman batted .339/.415/.580 for the St. Paul Saints.
Songco was born in Van Nuys and played collegiately for Loyola Marymount. Taken by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, he reached as high as Double-A before the Dodgers released him in 2014.
The winner of the qualifying tournament between Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa will advance to compete in the 2017 WBC.