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Letters: Vin Scully's return is more good news to Dodgers fans

Readers are thrilled Vin Scully will be back next year, but they're less than enthralled with Dodgers' other broadcasters.

August 23, 2013
  • Vin Scully announced Friday that he would be returning to the Dodgers broadcast booth for his 65th season.
Vin Scully announced Friday that he would be returning to the Dodgers broadcast… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

In almost unbelievable news for Dodger fans, Koufax and Drysdale are back. Funny thing, they changed their names to Kershaw and Greinke.

Cecil Worthington

Los Angeles

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While I'm as thrilled as anyone at the return of Vin Scully next year for his 65th season as a Dodgers announcer, I think it's time management took a serious look at finding and grooming his replacement. We don't need a Scully clone, but at least an announcer who doesn't announce every play as if it were the ninth inning with two outs, a la Eric Collins, or announce the game as if you were sitting next to him, a la Charley Steiner. Dodgers management should find the man who will eventually replace our beloved legend and let him do the radio or TV broadcasts Scully is not part of so that when the time comes, it will be a seamless, if not bittersweet transition.

Vincent Martinez

Arcadia

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The key phrase in "Key player will return: Vin Scully" is that he "respects his audience too much to mumble around a microphone."

The late Cubs announcer, Hall of Famer Harry Caray, spent his last few seasons mispronouncing players' names, and getting the count and number of outs wrong, for his adoring and forgiving audience.

I am confident that if Vinny ever became aware of straying from Red Barber's eight-word edict of "describe the game the way it is played," he'd retire.

Lee Harris

Burbank

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OK, now that we have Vin Scully back for the 2014 season, somebody please tell the Dodgers to try to have Vinny do all broadcasts from a studio format since he does not travel farther than San Francisco or Phoenix. Andres Cantor has been doing soccer games for years this way, thus eliminating his having to travel to so many venues. And this way they can get rid of Eric Collins and Steve Lyons. PLEASE!

Rudy Estrada

Diamond Bar

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Boy, Don Mattingly and the Dodgers sure gave young kids a lesson in responsibility and living up to one's commitment when they benched Puig for being late to the game and then put him in the game in the sixth inning. Don't complain when Puig becomes a prima donna and Mattingly gives up all control over him. It's all about money.

Robert C. Thompson

Marina del Rey

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Bill Plaschke's column on Kirk Gibson was wonderful! What a great concept . . . instead of just another Gibby interview, talk to those three important people that I (we) had no idea were involved. And then work in a couple of Gibby quotes as well, to give it full coverage. A great idea, a terrific read . . . kudos all around!

Pete Howard

San Luis Obispo

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Mark McGwire is still in denial . He has never held a news conference to tell the world "I'm sorry . . . I was wrong . . . I cheated." No, instead he cashed the checks he did not deserve and moved on, leaving the pool of athletic achievements forever infected. Any athlete in any sport who breaks a record is suspect — guilty until proven innocent.

McGwire and his fellow juicers have turned sports fans into cynical skeptics. A bit of the mystery has been removed. McGwire ought to be ashamed of himself. That noise you hear from above is Branch Rickey screaming somewhere in heaven, "Who put that fraud in a Dodger uniform?"

Frank Ferrone

El Cajon

Original ace of pace

The article on Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense reminded me of another Kelly-run fast-paced offense. Jim Kelly ran the "K-gun" offense, I believe it was called. It was a thing of beauty. Trouble is, it did nothing to prevent touchdowns. Four Super Bowl defeats is some kind of record, isn't it? Ask Peyton Manning how important a great defense is to a fast-paced offense.

Alex Fernandez

Lakewood

Far from heaven

Mike Scioscia says the Angels will do what they have to do to return to their winning ways, but then they promptly move Mike Trout back to left field, where he has been less productive, to make room for Peter Bourjos. That's fitting. Geographically speaking, left field at the Big A is a few steps closer to Yankee Stadium, where Trout is probably going to play the rest of his career after leaving the Angels via free agency.

Pat Fraley

Long Beach

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Reasons for the decline of the Angels.

Gone: Torii Hunter (.305 average, 13 HRs, 64 RBIs, 75 runs through Thursday), Kendrys Morales (.286, 17 HRs, 67 RBIs), Zack Greinke (12-3, 2.91 ERA), Ervin Santana (8-7, 3.13 ERA).

Here: Josh Hamilton (.229, 19 HRs, 60 RBIs, 59 runs), Joe Blanton (2-14, 6.12 ERA).

Six big mistakes equals failure.

Richard Avila

Hacienda Heights

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