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And look who's coming back.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made some great news Sunday when 82-year-old TV broadcaster Vin Scully announced he plans to return for the 2011 season.

Phew.

The team's biggest asset aside from Dodger Stadium, Scully has been broadcasting games for 61 seasons. Fans of his can exhale now that Scully plans to make it 62.

If you're not a Dodgers fan but still love baseball, then Scully, alone, is worth the price of MLB.TV or the Extra Innings package on cable or satellite TV.

I became a Scully fan when he did national telecasts for NBC in the 1980s; his call of the 1983 All-Star game at Comiskey Park in Chicago is one of my biggest VHS treasures.

Perhaps more famously, Scully also called Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

And the ball going through Bill Buckner's legs in the '86 series.

And the crippling home run by a hobbling Kirk Gibson against Dennis Eckersley in 1988.

Watch his greatest hits here

Scully the broadcaster is one part poet, one part crooner, one part historian. That's why, when word came Saturday night that Scully was going to make an announcement, a lot of worry came with it. Was he going to retire in five weeks? No.

Via MLB.com:

"I'm just honored and humbled to continue my association with the Dodgers, which has been a major part of my life," Scully said.

Ours too.

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