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Joe Torre talks with Vin Scully, says broadcaster is doing "fine"

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said Friday night that he spoke with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully earlier in the day and that Scully was doing well despite a fall at home that sent him to the hospital overnight.

"I talked to him today; he's fine," Torre said before the Dodgers played the Padres at San Diego's spring-training park in Peoria, Ariz. "He sounded perfectly normal."

Scully, 82, was at his Hidden Hills home Thursday night when he rose from bed too quickly, fell and bumped his head, Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said.

As a precaution, Scully then was taken to the hospital for overnight observation and was released about 11 a.m. Friday, the Dodgers said.

"I guess he's had a cold and jumped up quickly or something and got a little dizzy," Torre said.

Scully issued a statement of thanks "to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and I apologize for any concern that I caused."

He's planning to travel to Arizona this weekend to telecast his first Cactus League game of the season when the Dodgers play the Cleveland Indians on Sunday at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch spring-training complex.

"That's outstanding news," said Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver, who grew up in Southern California listening to Scully's broadcasts of Dodgers games. "To see that he had a speedy recovery and he's going to be back this weekend to televise a game is something Dodgers fans are definitely looking forward to. He's the voice of the franchise."

Scully, who was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1982, is starting his 61st season as a Dodgers broadcaster. He is scheduled to broadcast all of the Dodgers’ home games as well as their road games against National League West and American League West opponents.

-- Jim Peltz in Peoria, Ariz.

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face it Dodger fans, his retirement is imminent

Two things Dodger fans can agree on are presented in the last two blogs. We all wish that our beloved Mr. Scully could go on forever as the voice of the Dodgers and that the McCourts would disappear in the blink of an eye. Stark contrasts and legacies they will leave behind.

"Baseball is a business."

How many times have we heard this statement, a recognition of the obvious?

Yet we still don't get the point.

Businesses seek profits, and the greater the profits, the better the business is deemed to be performing.

Mr. Rosenthal says Mr. McCourt is earning too much profit. He's too effective as a businessperson.

In a word, that contention is absurd. When the Dodger payroll diminishes to a point that the entertainment value of the team also plummets, so will profits, and management will be faced with making a change in its player investment practices.

If you track the comments in blogs, you'll see two contradictory contentions:

(1) The Yankees are criticized for buying championships, for investing too much money, about $200m.

(2) The Dodgers are criticized for NOT buying championships, for spending about $100m.

And now, Mr. Rosenthal says $150m is just right, splitting the difference.

Why would any sharp businessperson risk an additional $50m for the chance to win merely seven more games? That is how close the 2008-2009 Dodgers came to becoming world series champs.

Some lucky breaks here and there, along with better performances from key players could be sufficient to win it all, one of these years.


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