They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the media. As while the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster has already called his last game, more and more want to share their interactions and stories. So we happily and graciously continue:
Josh Suchon, the play-by-play voice for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, now affiliated with the Colorado Rockies, joined the franchise in 2013 when it was still an affiliate of the Dodgers. From 2008-2011, he co-hosted “Dodger Talk” on the team’s KLAC-AM (570) affiliate and the team’s radio network. The San Diego State grad also did games for the Modesto Nuts and Watertown Indians, called some Dodgers spring-training games on radio, and wrote for the Oakland Tribune from 2000-06 covering the Giants and A’s. He is also the author of the 2013 outstanding book, “Miracle Men: Hershiser, Gibson and the Improbable 1988 Dodgers”
Suchon offers these thoughts about Scully’s retirement:
“I’ve read all the wonderful tributes compiled on Tom Hoffarth’s blog, and I’m not sure what to add that hasn’t already been stated so eloquently. What stood out to me most was how often I read something and thought, ‘Vin was the same with me.’
“It shows his consistency as a person, whether it was Charley Steiner, Matt Vasgersian, Ryan Lefebvre, or myself. Vin remained so humble, gracious, warm, and his cheerful smile always made your day.
“What also stood out to me over the last 10 days is that I’m just so glad that Vin was able to exit on his terms. He was able to thank the fans, he was able to hear and feel the love of the fans toward him, and everybody could have a good cry together. Phillies fans never got to say goodbye to Harry Kalas, Mariners fans couldn’t say goodbye to Dave Niehuas, and A’s fans couldn’t say goodbye to Bill King. But baseball fans in general, and specifically Dodgers fans, were able to salute Vin in such a beautiful way.
“A lot of tributes have mentioned that Vin is the last of the golden voices, and nobody will ever have a one-man booth again. They’re right – in the major leagues. In the minor leagues, it’s almost universal for broadcasters to work every game, solo, with no analyst, no engineer, no statistician.
“I’m often asked about working solo myself. Albuquerque Isotopes general manager John Traub grew up listening to Scully and always appreciated one voice speaking to the audience directly, instead of the audience listening to two people talk. We both agree the solo booth works best, especially in the minor leagues, where it’s even more important for the play-by-play announcer to provide background and stories because most of the audience doesn’t know anything about these players.
“The spirit of Vin Scully, one person, one voice, speaking one-on-one to the audience, will live on through hundreds of minor league broadcasts across this country. Of course, none of us are remotely in the same class as Vin. We try to weave a story into the broadcast, and the hitter invariably will bounce into a double play just as we’re getting started. We stumble over our words, we get so wrapped up in a story that we’ll miss a pitch, or we say the story so fast the audience doesn’t quite understand.
“But we’ll keep trying, we’ll remember Scully’s advice to just be ourselves, and if somebody wants to say hello for a few minutes before a broadcast, we’ll always remember Scully’s gracious demeanor to his thousands of guests and welcome them warmly into our booths.”
= Previous Scully media memory stories:
= Ross Porter, Charley Steiner and Dick Enberg
= Joe Davis and a second entry later.
= Fred Claire
= Derrick Hall
= Josh Rawitch
= Joe Jareck
= Mark Langill
= Toby Zwikel
= Steve Brener
= John Olguin
= Brent Shyer
= Jon Weisman
= David Vassegh
= Jon SooHoo
= Matt Vasgersian
= Ken Korash
= Tim Mead
= Ryan Lefebvre
= Brian Wheeler