PHOENIX -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully plans to begin his 67th and final season calling Dodgers games by announcing the club's opening day contest on Monday, April 4 in San Diego against the Padres.
Scully spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday and said he plans to call the opening game of the Dodgers' three-game season-opening series in San Diego for SportsNet LA, but won't call the other two games.
Scully, 88, has reduced his travel in recent years, but said in January that for his final year he hoped to make at least one trip to each of San Diego, San Francisco and Anaheim. Scully expressed a desire to end his final regular season on Sunday, Oct. 2 with the Dodgers in San Francisco against the Giants.
The Monday game against the Padres is a 4:05 p.m. PT start, and will also be televised nationally by ESPN, giving those in the Los Angeles market without SportsNet LA the ability to watch the game, though in this instance without Scully behind the microphone.
The Dodgers and SportsNet LA announced plans last week for Scully to call four spring training games, including Friday, March 25 against the Giants at Camelback Ranch, then all three Freeway Series games once the Dodgers and Angels return to Los Angeles and Anaheim from March 31 to April 2.
In addition to Greg Maddux arriving in camp on Wednesday, former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne showed up at Camelback Ranch as well. Gagne will work with pitchers as a special instructor for the team this spring.
Gagne tops the Dodgers franchise list with 161 saves. No. 2 on that list with 142 is Kenley Jansen, who likes the Dodgers' depth this season.
"We are in very good shape. We still have the best pitching staff in our division. We have the best team in our division. We just have to continue to play, because we know teams want to beat us, badly," Jansen said. "We just have to do what we're supposed to, do what we're capable of doing, and hopefully we can clinch at the end."
Dave Roberts was 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles against new non-roster invitee Jamey Wright, but when asked if he remembered facing the right-hander the Dodgers manager immediately referenced the one hit by pitch. "I remember taking a ball off the kneecap," Roberts said.