Vice President, Communications
Josh Rawitch is entering his 17th season in Major League Baseball, 15th with the Dodgers and fourth as the team's Vice President of Communications. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the overall communication efforts of the organization, including baseball and business media relations, publications and team history. During his tenure with the Dodgers he has also overseen the broadcasting and community relations departments.
Rawitch, 34, is the organization's primary spokesperson and is responsible for the club's internal communications efforts while assisting in the team's strategic planning. He directs the team's social media strategies and has operated a daily corporate blog for the last five years called "Inside the Dodgers." In 2009, the club became the first in Major League Baseball to create a program in which independent bloggers received media credentials and access to cover the team.
During his tenure with the Dodgers, the team has reached the postseason six times and he has overseen media relations at Dodger Stadium for two NLCS. He directed the organization's communications and media relations throughout the 50th anniversary season in 2008, including a record-setting return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in which the team set a Guinness World Record for attendance at a baseball game (115,300). He also oversaw the public relations efforts for the Dodgers' final year at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL as well as the opening of Camelback Ranch - Glendale, the team's Spring Training home in Arizona.
A bilingual Spanish-speaker, Rawitch directs the team's media strategies within the Hispanic marketplace and has overseen the club's public relations efforts for their historic trip to China in 2008, as well as their international exhibition games in Mexico City in 2003 and Taiwan in 2010. He has overseen media relations at two National League Championship Series and has assisted the league office at the 2009 All-Star Game.
He joined the Dodgers in 1995 in the Advertising and Special Events Department and spent parts of five seasons in the team's marketing department before moving over to Public Relations in 2000. He left the organization for two seasons and helped to integrate MLB.com, the league's official website, from an independently operated site to a profitable venture that now covers all 30 Major League teams and receives well over one hundred million visits per season from fans across the world.
During his time with MLB Advanced Media, Rawitch served as a daily beat reporter, covering the Dodgers in 2001 and the Giants in 2002. He was the lone American journalist to cover the Caribbean Series, All-Star Game, League Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series in 2002.
He returned to the Dodgers in 2003 as the Assistant Director of Public Relations and was promoted to Director prior to the 2005 season before adding the Broadcasting Department to his responsibilities in 2007 and Community Relations in 2010.
The Los Angeles native attended Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a minor in Business. He has served as a guest instructor at his alma mater and is in his second year as an adjunct professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication, where he teaches a course titled Sports Public Relations.
Rawitch is on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He received the High Five Award from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association in 2009.
He and his wife, Erin, live in Redondo Beach with their children, Emily (3) and Braden (1).
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