Report: Vin Scully turns down offer to participate in All-Star Game broadcast.

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Vin Scully hasn’t been part of an All-Star Game broadcast since 1989. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Vin Scully recently turned down a formal offer to be part of Fox’s broadcast of the All-Star Game in San Diego in July, SportsIllustrated.com reported today.

From Richard Deitsch’s story:
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Vin Scully ranks No. 5 on list of L.A.’s most powerful in sports.

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Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest in January. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ranks fifth on our annual list of the 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports. Scully moved up from sixth on our 2015 list.

The other Dodger folks on our list (last year’s rank in parentheses):
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Game 33: Trayce Thompson walks off the New York Mets.

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Justin Turner pours a bucket of water on Trayce Thompson (and SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo) after Thompson’s walk-off home run against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Trayce Thompson‘s first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets — and lifted the Dodgers over .500. The box score is here. You can listen to Vin Scully’s call of Thompson’s home run here.

Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig are struggling at the plate.

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Vin Scully is Sports Illustrated’s latest cover boy.

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It took him 88 years, but Vin Scully finally made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

SI senior writer Tom Verducci profiles the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster for this week’s issue of the magazine. Tim O’Brien did the cover art. You can read the story here.

SI also uploaded highlights of some of Scully’s favorite calls to its website; here are some of his calls from the 1955 World Series, and a video of Scully remembering Jackie Robinson.

(Also, note that the Rampaging Cubs are the last great American sports story. I’m moving to Canada. Nothing great for me to write here anymore.)

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There’s a petition to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vin Scully.

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Vin Scully is in his 67th and final season in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth. (Getty Images)

If you go to the official White House website today, you’ll find a petition to award Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here’s what it reads:

Vin Scully, is quite simply, a national treasure. This year marks his 67th and final season as a Dodgers broadcaster, starting his career when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He is our national pastime’s greatest ambassador, an educator who imparts fans with the wealth of knowledge about the game and its players that he has accumulated over his illustrious career, and the voice of not just Dodger baseball, but all of baseball. No person living today more perfectly symbolizes what is great and admirable about our national pastime, and for this, we request that President Obama honor his indelible contributions to American culture with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The petition has a goal of 100,000 signatures by May 15. Since it was created today, there’s a long way to go.

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