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At least one more season in booth, Scully decides

In the autumn of his life, Vin Scully decided to prolong summer for another year.

The 82-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster said Sunday he’ll return to the broadcast booth to call Los Angeles Dodgers games for his 62nd season in 2011 because “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”

Scully, whose nearly 61 years of service make him the longest tenured broadcaster in sports history, said he made the decision with the blessing of his wife, Sandy, and his five children.

“With continued health, we’ll do next year,” he said.

He has said while he loves the job he’s had with the team since 1950, when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, it’s increasingly hard to be away from his wife of 36 years.

“My wife understood, God bless her,” Scully said in the Dodger Stadium press box named for him before a day game against the Cincinnati Reds. “She said, ‘You love it, do it,’ and so I love it and I’m going to do it.”

Scully said he considered cutting back his schedule, but at his wife’s urging he decided to continue calling all Dodgers home games and road games against NL West and AL West opponents.

PROFITABLE PIRATES

Don’t feel too sorry for the cellar-dwelling Pirates. Losing has been profitable.

The Pirates made nearly $29.4 million in 2007 and 2008, according to team financial documents, years that were part of a streak of futility that has now reached 18 straight losing seasons. The team’s ownership also paid its partners $20.4 million in 2008.

The documents offer a rare peek inside a team that made money by getting slightly less than half its income (about $70 million) from MLB sources – including revenue sharing, network TV, major league merchandise sales and MLB’s website. The team also held down costs, keeping player salaries near the bottom of the National League, shedding pricier talent and hoping that untested prospects would blossom.

SHORT HOPS

The Dodgers acquired Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash in an effort to bolster their catching corps. … Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said the team will wait for results of an MRI exam on Stephen Strasburg before deciding what to do with their injured ace right-hander. ... The Athletics reinstated All-Star closer Andrew Bailey from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Ross Wolf to the minors. ... Fading from the playoff race, the Florida Marlins began their latest paring of payroll when starting outfielder Cody Ross was awarded to the San Francisco Giants on a waiver claim. ... The Los Angeles Angels placed infielder Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Jordan Walden from Triple-A.

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