06/08/11 6:35 PM ET
Dodgers pick grandson of Spanish announcer
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Los Angeles took Jaime Jarrin's grandson, Stefan, in the 40th round of the First-Year Player Draft, with the 1,214th overall pick.
"I am jumping all over the room of the hotel. I am in heaven," said Jaime, the Hall of Fame Spanish announcer, who began broadcasting for the Dodgers in 1959. "Stefan called me. He was following the Draft all day and he called as soon as he heard. He said I was the first one he called. He was so excited. I talked to [Stefan's father] Jorge. [My wife] Bianca was almost crying. It's fantastic."
Stefan is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound second baseman, who, Jaime said, has good hands and a bat.
Jaime said he hasn't gotten to see him play much, but he's been impressed every time he's had the chance.
"He's got good hands, he plays second base, and he's hitting very well," he said. "He's worked with [Dodgers coach] Manny Mota a lot. He even worked out with Manny [Ramirez]."
Seeing his grandson drafted was one of the prouder moments in Jaime's life. But he said his dream is to one day be able to call a game with Stefan, who appears to be following in his grandfather's footsteps.
"To call a game with him would be very exciting," Jaime said. "I've never done anything close to that in my life. He is the one grandchild who looks the most like me, has my same temperament, everything about him is very similar to me."
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.