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Scully Misses Dodgers Opener With Illness

Jae C. Hong/Associated PressVin Scully will be missed at the Dodgers’ home opener.It might be a new era at Dodger Stadium, but the one thing everybody loves about the old era — play-by-play gem Vin Scully — was noticeably absent from the Dodgers’ opening day broadcast on Tuesday. The Dodgers announced he was out sick with a bad cold, which meant he would miss the home opener for the first time since 1977. That one wasn’t a sick day. He was calling the first round of the Masters.Get well soon Vin! Legendary Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully is resting at home w/ a bad cold and will miss Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) 10 Apr 12Scully, 84, is entering his 63rd season as the voice of the team. He has talked about retiring in recent seasons, but announced during the final broadcast last season that he would return in 2012. He has decided to reduce his travel schedule, however. Scully has long been inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Hall of Fame (1992) and is one of the few Dodgers’ icons to emerge from the Frank McCourt era unscathed.Scully was replaced on the local television broadcast by Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons while Rick Monday was doing the radio broadcast.The Dodgers said Scully was likely to also miss Wednesday’s game because he has been ordered to rest by his doctor.

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