Happy birthday to the greatest baseball announcer of all time

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Today is Vin Scully’s birthday and the greatest announcer in baseball history turns 84 years old.

And come April he’ll begin his 63rd season as voice of the Dodgers.

I have no strong feelings about the Dodgers good or bad, yet season after season find myself choosing them as my late-night viewing several times per week simply because I love listening to Scully call the games.

Scully was already in his 70s by the time I got a chance to experience his announcing regularly, but he was so good then and remains so good now that it’s hard for me to even fathom how amazing he must have been in the 1950s and 1960s.

I also can’t imagine there ever being a better, classier, or more beloved announcer.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.