Oh, no! Vin Scully is talking about retiring.
The legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man announced in August that he would return next season for his 65th year with the team. Now he tells KPCC radio that the 2014 campaign could be his last.
“Right, I’m pretty well sure -- and I don’t want to go back and forth with it -- but I’m looking to next year and thinking that should be about it,” he told the radio station during a recent interview.
Scully, who turns 86 in November, works on a one-year contract each season. He did his first Dodgers game in 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn, and no broadcaster has been with the same team as long.
With the Dodgers now in the playoffs and beginning a quest for their first World Series title since 1988, Scully will only be heard on the radio (doing the first three and last three innings of games) as Los Angeles meets the Atlanta Braves in a divisional series that begins Thursday. The games will be televised by TBS and perhaps the MLB Network.
“I’m very happy to be on the radio,” Scully said on KPCC.
Scully, who has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. During the regular season, he works all the games at Dodger Stadium and goes on the road for away games in California and Arizona.
Next year, the Dodgers will leave Fox Sports for their own network as part of an $8 billion, 25-year deal with Time Warner Cable. The club is owned by Guggenheim Partners, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter.