Whether in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, the Dodgers have been synonymous with Vin Scully for 65 seasons. Beginning at the young age of 26, Scully’s been the voice of the Dodgers, though he’ll be 87 by the time the 2015 season begins, the end of his tenure appears closer than ever.
At this stage in his career, Scully is working one season at a time and it was announced via an in-game video that he would return in 2015 for a remarkable 66th season. Scully mans the broadcast booth by himself, however he does give way to Rick Monday and Charley Steiner on the radio from the fourth through sixth innings.
While Scully may not yet be sure when his final season will be, he hopes the Dodgers will have a successor rather than be left in a bind, via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times:
I would hope something would be developed for the future,” Scully said. “I wouldn’t want to leave them in the lurch.”
Scully’s rise to becoming the voice of the Dodgers included working with Red Barber, who eventually left for a broadcast position with the New York Yankees. Once the student, Scully said he would be open to a mentorship role:
Scully said he would not be opposed to giving up a couple innings to a young buck, mentoring him much as Barber had once done to a red-headed kid born in the Bronx.
Once Scully retires, it will leave the Clippers and Kings as the lone Los Angeles franchises with a broadcaster who has deep ties to the team. This season MLB commissioner Bud Selig presented Scully with the Historical Achievement Award and he became just the second non-player to receive the award.