Scully Sportscaster of Year for 38th Time

Honors continued to pour in on Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully who was named the 2006 California Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for a record 28th time. The honor was Scully's fourth straight from the organization, which began recognizing excellence in sports broadcasting and writing in 1959.

"I am humbled to be recognized once again by an esteemed organization like the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association," said Scully. "To be honored in this fashion is truly something special."  

In 2007 alone, the Hall of Fame broadcaster has received awards from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association (SCSB) and the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA). Scully took home the Best Radio Play-by-Play and Best Television Play-By-Play awards from the SCSB and won the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the RTNA.   

At the SCSB luncheon on Feb. 5, fellow Dodger broadcasters Rick Monday and Fernando Valenzuela also received recognition, as Monday was honored with the organization's Founder's Award, while Valenzuela shared the award for Best Foreign Language Broadcaster.  

In addition to 28 California Sportscaster of the Year awards, Scully has won the organization's National Award three times, most recently in 1982, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in April of 1991. His tenure of consecutive service is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team and he was also voted as the "Sportscaster of the 20th Century," by more than 500 national members of the American Sportscasters Association in 2000. In 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in his honor.  

Scully, who is set to begin his 58th season as the "Voice of the Dodgers," was elected into the broadcaster's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, the same year he had his star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, a book entitled "Voices of Summer" ranked Scully as the best announcer in baseball history, based on longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice, knowledge and miscellany.  He was the only broadcaster to reach a perfect score of 100.  

In 2005, USA Today ranked the Dodgers radio broadcast team of Scully, Monday and Charley Steiner as Major League Baseball's best, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. The trio earned a 28.5 points out of a possible 30. Monday will begin his 14th full season with the club and Steiner is entering his third campaign in Los Angeles.

Veteran Writer on DL-- Ray LeRoux, who has been a regular on the pages of Dodgers Dugout and on the web, suffered a heart attack just before Christmas. Never one to do things half way, he also had a couple of strokes. He is recuperating in Central Florida, just missing the tornado that tore through the area some weeks ago. Along with our many readers, we wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him getting back to work on these pages.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Tim Kurkjian, writing in ESPN The Magazine, has chosen five teams that have the best rotation in baseball. He picked Boston as #1 and the other five include (in this order) Detroit, Anaheim, Dodgers and Yankees. Of the Dodgers, he says: They have too much starting pitching, which could mean a trade involving Brad Penny, Mark Hendrickson or Brett Tomko. (Penny would bring the most in return; the Dodgers could use a right-handed hitting outfielder). If they traded all three of them, which is highly unlikely, L.A. still would have a rotation of Jason Schmidt, Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Randy Wolfr and Hong-Chih Kuo. Schmidt, a fly ball pitcher, should do well in Dodger Stadium (a big park), Billingsley has a chance to be terrific and no one, especially left-handed hitters, wants any part of Kuo.