Scully wins Best Call for Dodgers' balk-off win

Scully wins Best Call for Dodgers' balk-off win

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was named winner of the Esurance MLB Award for Best Call, TV during the Dodgers' balk-off win over the Rangers on June 18.

Scully called the run in the bottom of the ninth, scored by pinch-runner Kiké Hernandez, whose fake break for home induced Texas reliever Keone Kela to flinch and a balk was called by plate umpire Marvin Hudson, resulting in a 1-0 win.

Best Call, TV: Vin Scully

Runners-up were Len Kasper on Kris Bryant's first walk-off home run and Gary Thorne's clever Masters-style call on Adam Jones' double in a game with no fans attending.

The Dodgers also won Best Video Board Moment, for Jimmy Kimmel's announcement of Scully's return in 2016 for a 67th season. The result for that award was revealed earlier Friday.

Best Videoboard Moment: Scully

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five components, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters.

Individual awards were presented for 22 separate categories, including Best Major Leaguer, Everyday Player, Bounceback Player, Social Media Personality and Postseason Performer. Winners were also recognized for the year's Best Offensive Play, Defensive Play, Moment, Single-Game Performance, Social Media Post, Celebrity Fan and Fan Catch.

Manager and Executive winners will be announced at the Winter Meetings in December.

Nominees were judged on their bodies of work from the entire year -- from Opening Day through the postseason -- and selected after a careful review of all 30 clubs. Winners in all 24 categories receive a Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) trophy.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.