The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth next season, his 66th on the job.

The team broke the news on the videoboard and in its television broadcast during the second inning of its game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers then showed Scully, 86, acknowledging the crowd from the broadcast booth and holding his hand over his heart.

"It is very difficult to say goodbye," Scully said in a statement. "God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched, and this is not the time."