What's buzzing:

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015

AP - Sports
Scully humbled to return to Dodgers booth in '15
.

View photo

Broadcaster Vin Scully acknowledges the crowd at Dodger Stadium during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers announced that Scully will remain with the team for the 2015 season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- - Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015. The announcement was made in Korean, Spanish and English by players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against Atlanta.

The news was greeted with loud cheers and a prolonged standing ovation for Scully, who stood and waved to fans from his booth, where he hugged his wife, Sandi.

A decision about Scully's future has become an annual rite of passage in recent years as he evaluates his health and his family's wishes in considering whether he wants to continue.

''God willing, I will be back next year,'' he said in a statement released by the team. ''Naturally there will come a time when I have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched and this is not the time.''

Scully's consecutive years of service make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history. He calls all nine innings of the team's home games and road games in California and Arizona for the Dodgers' new television home on SportsNet LA, while the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio.

Scully and the Dodgers have been invisible to 70 percent of Los Angeles television viewers so far this season. Only customers of Time Warner Cable Inc. and a couple of its partners have been able to watch the team's games. Subscribers of major providers such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T have been shut out.

''I'm obviously not alone in saying that I'm overjoyed Vin will be coming back to the booth in 2015,'' team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. ''Our fans deserve the very best and Vin's voice, knowledge, experience and passion for broadcasting Dodger baseball are second to none.''

Scully began his professional broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He has called three perfect games, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games. He was behind the microphone for Kirk Gibson's Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run and Sandy Koufax's four no-hitters, including a perfect game.

At 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game. In 1955, he called the Dodgers' first and only World Series championship in Brooklyn, and later called their five other World Series victories.

View Comments (156)
  • Locke down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

    Locke down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

    A lack of efficiency with his pitches was the reason Jeff Locke failed to get past the fifth inning in his previous two starts despite giving up a combined three runs. Locke needed only 89 pitches to throw eight innings of two-hit ball, and Neil … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
  • Rangers activate Harrison, send Chi Chi back to minors

    Left-hander Matt Harrison was activated from the disabled list and rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was sent back to the minors by the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Texas recalled right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from Triple A-Round Rock, the club … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Harrison ready to start again for Texas after spinal fusion

    Matt Harrison never really knew what it would be like when he started his comeback from spinal fusion surgery. Just more than 13 months after the spinal fusion that was his third back surgery over two seasons, Harrison is back with the Rangers and … More »

    AP - Sports - 30 minutes ago
  • A's hand King Felix rare loss in Oakland

    A's hand King Felix rare loss in Oakland

    Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was admittedly concerned after his ballclub stranded five runners in the first two innings against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Rookie Kendall Graveman made it a moot point with another strong start … More »

    AP - Sports - 31 minutes ago
  • Garcia robs Davis of HR, ChiSox beat O's

    Garcia robs Davis of HR, ChiSox beat O's

    The last-place Chicago White Sox got the big hit. Avisail Garcia robbed Chris Davis of a tying home run with a leaping catch in the ninth inning, and the White Sox held off the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Saturday. Garcia slapped his glove after … More »

    AP - Sports - 48 minutes ago