LOS ANGELES — Veteran Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was suspended today by Major League Baseball for 50 games after performance enhancing drugs were found in the announcer’s booth at the Dodgers’ spring training stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
A random search found No Doz and Sudafed in Scully’s section of the booth, which contain substances banned by MLB.
“Honestly, Scully is the last person we’d like to see suspended,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, “but in accordance with last year’s expansion of baseball’s PED policy to include all team employees, we had no choice.”
Scully, 87, will miss the first two months of the regular season. The voice of the Dodgers, beloved by fans, had just announced he’d be returning for a record-setting 66th season this year, just a bit later than he expected.
“I’m shocked and saddened by this,” he said. “I had no idea I was violating the rules of the sport I love, but I accept full responsibility.”
Scully vowed he’ll never use PEDs again but said he may have to re-work his contract to give him the fourth through sixth innings off, so he can take a nap. Until this season, he’s typically called all nine innings.
The Dodgers have hired former pitcher Steve Howe to fill in for Scully during the suspension.
– Michael Shapiro contributed to this story