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Happy 85th birthday to Vin Scully! One of the best in the business, Scully celebrates his 63rd season with the Dodgers organization which is second only to Tommy Lasorda by one year. Scully calls Dodger games on Prime Ticket, KCAL TV and KLAC radio. He is known for his dulcet voice and signature introduction to Dodger games "It's time for Dodger baseball!"
As of the 2012 season, Scully calls roughly 100 games per season (all home games and road games in California and Arizona) for both flagship radio station KLAC and television outlets KCAL-TV and Prime Ticket. Scully is simulcast for the first three innings of each of his appearances, then announces the remaining innings only for the TV audience. If Scully is calling the game, Charley Steiner takes over play-by-play on radio beginning with the fourth inning, with Rick Monday as color commentator. If Scully is not calling the game, Eric Collins and Steve Lyons call the entire game on television while Steiner and Monday do the same on radio.
Happy 43rd birthday to Mariano Rivera! Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in 1990 as an amateur free agent in Panama, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he struggled in the role and was consequently converted to a relief pitcher. After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees' closer in 1997. In the following years, he established himself as one of baseball's top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. With his presence in the late innings of games to record the final outs, Rivera has been a key contributor to the Yankees' success in the late-1990s and 2000s. An accomplished postseason performer, Rivera was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42). His pitching repertoire consists primarily of one pitch, a sharp-breaking, mid-90s mile per hour (mph) cut fastball that has been called an all-time great pitch.
Rivera is regarded by baseball experts as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history. Pitching with a longevity and consistency uncommon to the closer role, he saved at least 25 games in 15 consecutive seasons and has posted an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons, both of which are records. His career 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP are the lowest marks in baseball's live-ball era. On the field, he is well known for his composure and reserved demeanor that contrast with the effusiveness of many other closers. Rivera is expected to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame once eligible.
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