Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

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Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels.

But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I had a chance to come here (Los Angeles) in 1979,” Brennaman said. “They told me Vin wasn’t going to work forever.”

Vin Scully had already been broadcasting Dodgers games for 30 years at that point, so it must have been at least somewhat tempting for Brennaman to jump ship. Turns out he was wise to stay put.

On Sunday, the beloved Scully announced he would be returning to the Dodgers in 2011 for his 62nd season with the club, saying “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”

Vin Scully might not work forever, but I don’t think anyone — including Marty Brennaman — would begrudge him if he did.

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Assault charges against Roberto Osuna withdrawn, peace bond issued

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Astros reliever Roberto Osuna appeared in an Ontario court today, where the assault charges against him were withdrawn. In their place is now a one-year peace bond, which is akin to a restraining order combined with probation. Pursuant to the peace bond Osuna is required to continue with counseling he has undertaken, to not get in any legal trouble and to have no contact with his accuser without court consent for the next year.

The reason for the revocation of the charges is that, according to prosecutors, the complainant is in Mexico and would not return to Canada for a trial against Osuna. Without her testimony the case against Osuna could not be won. The peace bond, then, was the only real option.

Osuna was arrested in Toronto while still playing for the Blue Jays and was charged with assaulting a woman on May 8. Major League Baseball suspended him for 75 games under the league’s domestic violence policy. The Blue Jays traded him to the Astros on July 30 in exchange for Ken Giles and two minor leaguers and he has pitched for the Astros ever since. This latest hearing was scheduled to coincide with the Astros’ trip to Toronto this week.

The Astros issued a statement:

And statements from Osuna and his attorney: