Spanish voice Jarrin returning to Dodgers' booth
Three-year deal to keep radio broadcaster in LA through 2015 season
LOS ANGELES -- The words have been heard throughout Los Angeles and all of Latin America for five decades: "Se va, se va, y se fue ... despidala con un beso!"
Unlike the countless home run balls he has called over the past 54 seasons, Dodgers fans will not have to say goodbye anytime soon to Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin.
Less than a week after Vin Scully revealed he will return for another year, Jarrin, the Spanish-language radio voice of the Dodgers, announced he agreed to a three-year contract that will keep him in the booth next year for a 55th season and through 2015.
Jarrin, 76, will broadcast the majority of the team's 162 regular-season games, eight Spring Training games and any potential postseason games. He is the second-longest tenured personality in Major League broadcasting history, behind only his longtime colleague Scully.
"I had to get the OK from my wife first," Jarrin said. "She has been the champion of everything."
A native of Ecuador, Jarrin began his professional broadcasting career in 1959 with the Dodgers.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the Ford C. Frick Award winner and he was just the second-ever Spanish-language announcer to be inducted. He has called three perfect games, 15 no-hitters and 26 World Series and 21 All-Star Games.
"We're committed to the Latino community in Los Angeles and knew that one of the most important things we could do right away was to ensure that Jaime would continue to lead the Spanish-language broadcast," Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said. "We're happy to have him here with us and are grateful for his insight and the foundation he laid in this community that we can now build upon."
With the Dodgers' future looking bright and a love for what he does, Jarrin didn't want to hang it up just yet.
New to Twitter, Jarrin said he has enjoyed the ways he can now connect with fans all over the country.
"Now I can see how important baseball is to our listeners," said Jarrin, who added that fans throughout all of Latin America have reached out to him. "From all over the world, I didn't know that before."
Jarrin said Scully's announcement to return for at least one more year was a big reason he wanted to come back, as well.
"I will never catch him, never, never, never because he can still keep going and he is way, way ahead of me," Jarrin said with a laugh.
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.