Baseball’s longest-tenured broadcaster, Jaime Jarrín, will return to the Dodgers for his 61st and 62nd season.
The news comes just a day before the Dodgers are set to commemorate the Hall of Fame broadcaster’s 60 year-long career with an induction into the “Ring of Honor” before Friday afternoon’s series against the Padres.
He’ll be just the 12th member of the Dodgers organization to have his name permanently affixed within Dodger Stadium, joining Jackie Robinson, Don Sutton, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Pee Wee Reese, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Roy Campanella, Walter Alston and most recently Vin Scully.
Jarrín, who’s revered for his graciousness and humility, likened his future induction into the Dodgers Ring of Honor as equally as momentous as his 1998 Ford C. Frick Award selection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Born in Ecuador in 1935, Jarrín immigrated to the United States at age 20, bringing with him a wealth of broadcasting experience despite never having seen a baseball game. Four years later, Jaime started his career with the recently relocated Los Angeles Dodgers – he’s served as the “Spanish voice of the Dodgers” ever since.
“When I started in 1959, I barely knew what baseball was let alone who the Dodgers were. It is a mark of the Dodgers that they were pioneers in transmitting the color of their games in the language of our Hispanic fans[…]As a Hispanic baseball broadcaster in the United States, I am mindful of the reach of my voice and the impact of my words on millions of Latin American brothers and sisters. They not only share my love for baseball, but also look at this great country as a place where opportunity abounds, as it does in baseball, to those who are willing to apply devotion and hard work.” Jaime Jarrín, 1998, Cooperstown, NY
Jaime Jarrín has been a pioneer, in an organization known for its leadership, spreading the reach of baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers across the world. His candor and humility, along with his deep baritone, have served as a magnet for inviting baseball into the homes of Spanish-speaking fans and instilling in them the same loyalty and admiration that he holds for our beloved Dodgers organization.
The Spanish Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers will trumpet on – for at least two more seasons.
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