Upon the news that Vin Scully would continue to narrate Dodgers games next season, Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Ben Lindbergh updated his research on how many players, managers and owners that Scully has seen pass through the Dodgers organization. It makes a pretty neat graphic, but here are the key numbers. Since Scully was hired, 889 different players have played for the Dodgers — the latest being Brian Wilson, the ex-Giant with the long, thick black beard and rat-tail. There have been more relief pitchers, such as Wilson, than any other position: 288. They form the long tail of the curve. The research found 108 starting pitchers, 80 leftfielders and 69 catchers. How many of the 42 shortstops who have played for the Dodgers since 1950 can you name?
The research also tallies up the off-field personnel who Scully has seen come and go. According to Lindbergh, Scully has worked with 18 other TV broadcasters, 11 Dodgers managers, 11 general managers and nine ownership groups. But there has been just the one Vin Scully.
So if he gets a name wrong here and there, we understand.