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Friday, September 20, 2013
Vin Scully: No plans for playoff TV

By Arash Markazi
ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- When the Los Angeles Dodgers return to the postseason next month, fans will be able to listen to Vin Scully call the beginning and end of games on the radio, but don't look for him to make any cameo appearances on television.

Scully will call the first three innings and the last three innings, including extra innings, of every Dodgers playoff game on the radio. Rick Monday and Charley Steiner, the Dodgers' radio broadcasters, will continue to call the middle three innings of games during the postseason.

"I'll do the front three and the back three," Scully told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday. "Charley and Rick will do the middle three. I'm just going to do what I would normally do."

Scully is the Dodgers' TV play-by-play voice for all home games, as well as road games played in California and Arizona. His call during the first three innings on television is also simulcast on the radio before Monday and Steiner take over and call the rest of the game on radio. Steve Lyons and Eric Collins broadcast the Dodgers' road games outside of California and Arizona on television.

MLB postseason games will air on TBS and Fox, but Scully said he has no plans to call any of the Dodgers' games on television, even if they advance to the World Series.

"I'm just going to be on radio," Scully said. "I have no reason to be on TV. I don't deserve to be there. I'm not going to intrude on the fellas who have been working TV. No, no, I'm not going to go near TV."

Scully announced last month that he would return to the booth for an unprecedented 65th season in 2014. He said the way the Dodgers have played at the end of this season had an impact on his decision, but he doesn't believe the Dodgers' worst-to-first story this year is an aberration.

"This is not a miraculous team," Scully said. "People say they were in last place and 9½ games back and now they're 10½ games in front, what a miracle. No. It's very simple to explain. They're two different teams. The team in April and May and into early June was banged up, then things fell into place when all these players got healthy.

"Once [Adrian] Gonzalez and [Hanley] Ramirez were in there every day even without [Matt] Kemp, and [Yasiel] Puig came up, everything changed. It wasn't a miracle. It wasn't the same beaten up old team that did it. It was really, in many ways, a different team, starting in June."