Joe Davis, the Dodgers' new lead voice, won't try to be Vin Scully, but being himself ought to be enough

Joe Davis, the Dodgers' new lead voice, won't try to be Vin Scully, but being himself ought to be enough

As Joe Davis prepares to settle into the most hallowed vacant seat in Los Angeles sports history, he can take solace in one bit of decorative relief.

He won’t actually be sitting in Vin Scully’s chair. It just so happens that the Dodgers have chosen this season to renovate the Dodger Stadium broadcast booth.

“I’m not replacing Vin Scully, nobody out there can replace him, there’s nobody yet born who could replace him,” Davis said.

The Dodgers’ new television broadcaster — who will formally begin filling the retired Scully’s spot Wednesday night for a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants on SportsNet LA at 5:05 p.m. — will also benefit from another change that will separate him from Scully’s shadow.

The men have since spoken several times, and will probably speak again before opening day, with Scully talking and Davis listening and all of Los Angeles hopefully understanding.

This is not about a torch passing. The memories of Vin Scully can never be extinguished. This is about a torch lighting, with a different sort of brightness, the extent of which only time will tell.


Published at Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:20:00 +0000

Dodgers nearing a deal to air 10 games on KTLA

As the Dodgers’ television blackout enters its fourth season, the team and its TV partner are working to make selected broadcasts available to all fans on free television.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 is close to a deal in which it would carry 10 Dodgers games, all of which would be in April and May, according to a person familiar with the deal but not authorized to discuss it. The deal, if finalized, could be announced as soon as Wednesday.

“We think that would be great for our fans,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

KTLA aired six games last season, the final broadcasts in the 67-year career of Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully. In 2014, the first year for the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel, KDOC-TV Channel 56 aired the last six games of the regular season.


Published at Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:35:00 +0000