“Vin Scully Avenue” dedicated outside of Dodger Stadium

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We heard this was happening a couple of months ago, and now it has happened: the street outside of Dodger Stadium which used to be Elysian Park Avenue is now Vin Scully Avenue.

There was a dedication ceremony yesterday. Scully said he was “overwhelmed” and said, to the several hundred fans who showed up, “I can’t believe you’re all here,” he said.

As I said when this was first proposed in January, a pessimist could say that when they start giving you lifetime achievement awards and naming things after you, well, maybe your best years are behind you. In Scully’s case, however, it doesn’t really apply given that he won the broadcasting version of the lifetime achievement award, the Frick Award, 34 years ago and afterwards his fame and legend only grew. Time has never really mattered much when it comes to him.

And now, for all time, people while drive up Vin Scully Avenue to Dodger Stadium.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.