The 29-year-old taking over for Vin Scully — no pressure

When Vin Scully exited the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting booth last fall after 67 seasons he left a giant void.

Who could ever occupy so hallowed a seat in sports?

Meet Joe Davis, an announcer from Michigan who, at 29, was born five years after Scully was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1980s.

He’s young, the Los Angeles Times sportswriter Bill Plaschke wrote in a recent column.

But he’s good, Plaschke added: “He’s actually really good, with a distinct voice that booms like Joe Buck’s, a keen eye for detail, an appreciation for drama, and a youthful enthusiasm that makes the Dodgers sound not only credible and professional, but fun.”

Davis will have help. While Scully was a solo show, Davis will be joined in the Dodgers booth by either Orel Hershiser or Nomar Garciaparra.

Davis and his wife, Libby, along with their 9-month-old daughter, Charlotte, moved to the Los Angeles area earlier this year. A New York Times reporter caught up with him by phone. Some excerpts from the conversation:

Q: How does your style differ from Scully’s?

A: I think Vin is so unique that it’s impossible to compare anybody’s style to his — not just his storytelling ability but the fact that he saw the stories he’s telling firsthand in a lot of cases. So the fact that he was around for 67 years of calling games made his style unique. The fact that he was a solo booth made it unique. You don’t see those anymore. What Vin has done for all these years is almost like it’s own category.

Q: Have you gotten advice from him?

A: I’ve not gotten any advice necessarily straight from him. But the No. 1 piece of advice that he talks about getting from Red Barber, his mentor, is that you bring one thing to the booth that nobody else can, and that is yourself. And so to lose sight of that is a huge crime to yourself and to your listeners.

Q: How is the team looking?

A: I’m really excited about this roster. It’s hard to find too many weaknesses.

Q: How are you adjusting to California?

A: We relocated to South Pasadena in early January. We particularly love that community. It feels a little like home to us. It has kind of a Midwestern feel to it. And being from Michigan, we’ve never been able to walk anywhere in January and February. I know for a lot of people in Southern California it’s like their worst winter ever with a lot of the rain. It’s our best winter ever, by far.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Dell Match Play standings, results

WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY STANDINGS, RESULTS GROUP 1 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties Kevin Kisner;1;0;1 Adam Hadwin;1;0;1 Bernd Wiesberger;1;1;0 Dustin Johnson;0;2;0 Thursday’s matches (38) Hadwin def. (1) D. Johnson, 4 and 3 (32) Kisner def. (52) Wiesberger, 5 and 4 GROUP 2 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties Justin Thomas;2;0;0 Francesco Molinari;2;0;0...
Spieth, Garcia and Thomas surge at Dell Match as Johnson, Rahm falter
Spieth, Garcia and Thomas surge at Dell Match as Johnson, Rahm falter

Jordan Spieth, the former Texas Longhorns star, cracked jokes Thursday afternoon after his second win in as many days at the WGC-Dell Match Play championship. He was both self aware and self deprecating after his easy round that ended on the 16th green when he clinched his match against China’s HaoTong Li, 4 and 2. Maybe Spieth, the fourth seed...
Golden: McIlroy back in peak form with Masters approaching
Golden: McIlroy back in peak form with Masters approaching

Match play doesn’t care where you’re ranked. It doesn’t care how many majors you have under your belt. It doesn’t even care that you outshot Tiger by seven when you were paired together at Augusta in 2015, when you finished fourth. It only cares about one thing: How you did in one round of golf on one particular day. Former...
Dell Match Play notebook: Spieth, Reed set for showdown
Dell Match Play notebook: Spieth, Reed set for showdown

The championship match at the WGC-Dell Match Play doesn’t arrive until Sunday, but the most exciting match of the tournament might happen Friday. That’s when Jordan Spieth, the local favorite, will face Patrick Reed, the Ryder Cup force, in a defacto play-in match for the Round of 16. Both Spieth and Reed won their matches Thursday, moving...
Bohls: Sergio Garcia staves off Frittelli, tough winds and a heckler
Bohls: Sergio Garcia staves off Frittelli, tough winds and a heckler

Sergio Garcia had had enough. And unfortunately, the over-served millennial at the Ultra Club had had one too many on Wednesday. When the young man, probably in his late 20s, wouldn’t stop heckling Garcia as he prepared to hit his second shot off a cart path just next to the 480-seat hospitality grandstand bordering the 12th fairway, the defending...
More Stories