Sometime tonight, just before the first pitch of an inning, Vin Scully will announce to his audience that he will be back for his 65th season. Bill Shaikin was the first to report this story.
Scully told the LA Times,"I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, 'Why not?' as well.
"Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement - and looking out the window or something? It's just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect."
As has become their custom, for the last several years, Scully and the Dodgers have announced in late August that Scully would return for the following year.
Perhaps the most memorable was in 2010 when Scully quipped "Now that they have Rod Barajas, that was the clincher." Other announcements came with stories of chocolate chip cookies or quips about preparing is ad libs.
No details have been announced, Scully currently broadcasts all home games and road broadcasts from California and Arizona. 2014 will also be the first season on the Dodgers next cable television deal, currently expected to be on Time Warner.
It is not known besides broadcasting games, if Scully will have a bigger part. Scully told the LA Times,"I think it's best for me - certainly, at this stage - to keep my focus on the field." "Maybe, who knows, down the line, I'm not doing the games any more. Then I could be doing voice-overs on biographies, just to do something."
"But, as long as I feel the way I feel, thank God, I would be just thrilled to continue doing what I am doing."
The Dodgers have had a magical way about them for the last two months, Vin Scully announcing his return later today will just be another wave of that magic wand.