VinScully, entering his 63rd season as the Dodgers' broadcaster, said he plans to ease hisworkload a bit more this year by no longer calling games in Colorado.
Scully, 84, will broadcast all home games and road games only in California andArizona, which means he'll still announce more than 100 games this seasontelevised on Prime Ticket and KCAL Channel 9 in Southern California.
"No big, earth-shattering reason, just to cut back a little more on thetraveling," Scully told reporters Saturday night before calling theDodgers' Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch, his first visitto the Dodgers' spring home this season.
The Hall of Fame announcer already had pared his travel schedule in recentyears to the Dodgers' 81 home games at Dodger Stadium and cities mostly west ofthe Rocky Mountains.
This year, he also plans to skip an interleague series the Dodgers play inSeattle against the Mariners on June8-10.
"I remember telling Dodgers owner FrankMcCourt years ago, I said, 'Frank, I would like to disappear like theCheshire Cat, all of a sudden the only thing left is his smile,' " Scullysaid. "So this is just another disappearing act."
Eric Collins and Steve Lyons again will broadcast theDodgers' other road games that are not nationally televised.
Asked why he was announcing a couple of spring-training games, Scully said,"It's as simple as this: The last baseball game I did was Sept. 28, and Ithought, 'My gosh, all these highly talented players, they have to come hereand practice for a month to get ready. I want to do a couple of games just tokind of get the feel of them again. It's batting practice for me."
Scully also said he did not expect the Dodgers' planned ownership change thisyear to affect the team's performance.
"The things that happen in the front office, I don't believe have anyeffect whatsoever on the players or on us," he said. "It's like on aship. We're down there shoveling coal and the big discussion is up on thebridge. I can't see any change in ownership have any effect at all."