LA City Council to vote on Vin Scully Avenue proposal Friday

first_img“There’s no better way to recognize such an iconic Dodger as Hall of Famer Vin Scully than naming a street after him,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We appreciate Gil Cedillo and city officials bringing this to the forefront and we look forward to the day when everyone can drive on Vin Scully Avenue when they enter Dodger Stadium.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is scheduled to be in attendance, along with 17 players on the current roster: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes, Jharel Cotton, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher, Pedro Baez, Yasmani Grandal, Micah Johnson, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Frankie Montas, Josh Ravin, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson and Ross Stripling.The players and manager were previously scheduled to be at City Hall as part of the team’s annual community caravan tour. The week-long schedule of events culminates with Saturday’s Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium.In 2013, Scully voiced his opposition to an informal proposal by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to name a street after him outside the stadium. This time he isn’t expected to object. The 2016 season will be Scully’s 67th with the team; he’s said it will probably be his last.“I don’t like typing out Elysian Park, or even telling people how to pronounce ‘Elysian Park’,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “I’m all for Vin Scully Avenue.” A popular print of a Los Angeles street map, dating to 1899 and attributed to the George F. Cram Co. of Chicago, distinctly shows an Elysian Park Avenue in the neighborhood of present-day Dodger Stadium. The street has endured to bear the stadium’s official address, displayed on Dodger letterheads since Walter O’Malley was signing the paychecks.By Friday, Elysian Park Avenue might be no more.The Los Angeles City Council will vote on a proposal, submitted Tuesday by councilman Gilbert Cedillo, to rename the street “Vin Scully Avenue.” According to the City Council’s website, it’s the second item that will be considered during its 10:15 a.m. Friday session.Scully, 88, has been calling Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Turner making progressTurner said he was cleared to run on flat ground Thursday for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. “I felt really good,” he said. “I passed enough tests to go outside and see how that goes. Next step is to see how I feel (Friday).”The effects of the procedure – Turner had loose bodies removed from his left knee too –- might not show up right away. The third baseman said he wasn’t limited on the field at the end of last season, “it just didn’t feel good after the game, or the next day in the morning.”Turner is on track to participate in spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility on Feb. 19.Voting ValenzuelaRetired pitcher and current Dodgers broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on a conference call Thursday to stress the importance of citizenship. Valenzuela is officially a “Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization,” the public face of a nationwide movement to encourage legal permanent residents, especially from Mexico, to apply for U.S. citizenship.“I get to vote in my first presidential election,” said Valenzuela, who was born in Mexican and took his citizenship oath last year. “If anybody has a chance, an opportunity to be a citizen, why not? They can do it. It’s very important.”last_img

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