Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully returns in 2016 for his unprecedented 67th and final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
The Hall of Famer's 66 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team. This season, Scully will call Dodger games for SportsNet LA as well as Dodger radio partner AM 570 LA Sports.
In February, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to change the street leading to Dodger Stadium's main entrance from Elysian Park Ave. to Vin Scully Ave. and there will be a ceremony to commemorate this honor prior to Opening Day.
In 2014, Scully was presented with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, which was created in 1998 to recognize accomplishments and contributions of historical significance. The Dodger broadcaster was just the second non-player to be receive the honor, joining Rachel Robinson. Said outgoing Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig: "He is, to me and to many, the embodiment of the goodwill that our game inspires, and every day he reminds me why this game is forever the national pastime."
Scully continues to rewrite the record book of his trade each and every time he goes on the air. With awards and accolades beyond comprehension, Scully added "Grand Marshal" to his resume in January 2014 when he served as the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade on New year's Day.
In 2010, the American Sportscasters Association (ASA), put his name atop the list of the 50 greatest to ever sit behind a microphone. The ASA also elected Scully as the top sportscaster of the 20th century in a vote by more than 500 national members of the organization in 2000, topping such broadcasting icons as Howard Cosell, Mel Allen and others. In the 2005 book "Voices of Summer," Scully was named as baseball's all-time best broadcaster based on "longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice knowledge and miscellany."
Scully, whose vivid yet simplistic description of a baseball game has thrilled fans for years, joined Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcast team in 1950, just a year after graduating from Fordham University. Scully, who played outfield for two seasons on Fordham's baseball team, called baseball, basketball and football games for the University's radio station. In 1982, 32 years after he called his first game, he reached the pinnacle of his career in baseball when he was inducted into the Broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient.
During the 2008 calendar year, Scully was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in New york City as well as the California Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored on the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the team's record-setting game in March and a plaque was unveiled in his honor at the historic venue. He received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from Pacific Pioneers Broadcasting and was honored by WFUV, the radio station he helped form at his alma mater Fordham, during its 60th anniversary celebration. Scully also received an honorary Doctor's of Law degree from Pepperdine, the university's highest honor.
When Scully first began broadcasting in 1950, the Dodgers had yet to win a single World Series and were known affectionately as "Dem Bums." Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game and in 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers' first and only championship in Brooklyn. The following season, Scully once again found himself in the enviable position of calling what he would later say was the greatest individual performance he had seen - Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series.
His most memorable call for Dodger fans likely came in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, when a hobbled kirk Gibson's two-out, two-strike, two-run homer gave the Dodgers a victory over the highly-favored Oakland A's. "High fly ball into right field, she is gone," Scully said before remaining silent for more than a minute. The next words he spoke continue to be replayed almost nightly at Dodger Stadium. "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
Scully's voice is often dubbed the "soundtrack to summer" in Los Angeles, where generations of fans have grown up listening to him call Dodger baseball. On April 21, 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in Scully's honor. In addition to his Dodger broadcasts, the legendary broadcaster has called play-by-play for NFL games and PGA Tour events on CBS-TV from 1975-82 and play-by-play for Major League Baseball's Game of the Week, three World Series and four All-Star Games on NBC-TV from 1983-89. Scully also called play-by-play for the World Series on CBS Radio from 1990-97. In all, he has called 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.
Scully portrayed himself in "For Love of the Game," the 1999 movie starring kevin Costner. During the 1999 World Series, Scully served as master of ceremonies at Major League Baseball's All-Century Team unveiling at Atlanta's Turner Field.
He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Los Angeles.
Broadcasting highlights include:
Jaime Jarrín, "the Spanish voice of the Dodgers" and one of the most recognizable voices in all of Spanish-language broadcasting, begins his 58th season in the radio booth alongside legendary lefty Fernando Valenzuela and Spanish-language broadcaster Pepe Yñiguez on Univision America's KTNQ 1020 AM. The Dodgers, with Jarrín and longtime broadcaster Vin Scully, are the only Major League club to feature a pair of Hall of Fame announcers. For seven different decades, Jarrín has been the Spanish-language storyteller of the Los Angeles Dodgers' greatest moments for countless Dodger fans and families.
Jarrín's broadcasting highlights include three perfect games (Don Larsen in 1956, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) and 19 no-hitters including Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter last year. Jarrín missed calling Valenzuela's no-hitter in 1990 only due to a nearly fatal car accident that occurred in Spring Training 1990 which forced him out of the booth in recovery for more than four months. Jarrín has called 28 World Series, including the 2005 Fall Classic when he served as emcee for MLB's Latin Legends ceremony, 30 All-Star games and 31 postseason series. Jarrín's favorite memory was the entire 1981 season when "Fernandomania" swept the country and the game in which Orel Hershiser's 10 scoreless innings (September 29, 1988 vs. San Diego) broke Don Drysdale's record.
Jarrín was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 1998 in Cooperstown, NY as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Named in honor of the former broadcaster and Commissioner of Baseball, the Frick Award has been given annually since 1978 to a broadcaster "for major contributions to the game of baseball." When he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Jarrín became only the second Spanish-language announcer to achieve that honor, joining Buck Canel. In the 2005 book "Voices of Summer," Jarrín was named as baseball's all-time best Spanish-language broadcaster. He was rated 28th overall among all broadcasters.
The Quito, Ecuador native began working for HCJB in his home country when he was just 16 years old and went on to become the announcer for the National Congress of Ecuador. Jarrín arrived in the U.S. on June 24, 1955, the same year that Dodger great Sandy Koufax made his Major League debut. Jarrín had never seen a baseball game until he moved to Los Angeles. His first experience with baseball involved watching the Dodgers on a televised broadcast in 1955 when they won their first World Series championship by defeating the New York Yankees.
Jarrín began regularly attending minor league games in Los Angeles, visiting both Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field from 1955 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958 in order to learn the game. Jarrín was given one year to prepare to become a baseball broadcaster by William Beaton, the station manager at KWKW.
During his first six years with the Dodgers, Jarrín and his partner would recreate the games in the studio while listening to fellow Hall of Famer Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett on the radio. Starting in 1965, Jarrín took the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcast on the road, making every stop with the Dodgers. Jarrín became the club's No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973, 14 years after he first joined the Dodgers. From 1962-84, Jarrín called nearly 4,000 games spanning 22 seasons and never missed a contest. The streak was broken only when Jarrín took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Jarrín became a household name across the country in 1980-81 when he served as the interpreter for Mexican pitching phenom Fernando Valenzuela during a period known as Fernandomania. The left-hander became an analyst in 2003. On August 23, 2009, Jarrín participated, along with Valenzuela and Yñiguez, in the first-ever regular season, dedicated, Spanish-language telecast of a Dodger game. PRIME TICKET aired the afternoon game against the Cubs on their sister network, FOX Sports West.
In addition to his work calling Dodger games, Jarrín found himself at the center of many international news broadcasts, including the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II's visit to America and several important meetings between foreign leaders and Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts throughout the world for radio and television stations in Latin America including the Thrilla in Manila between Muhammad Aliand Joe Frazier. He has called 19 All-Star Games and 25 World Series, including the 2005 Fall Classic in which he served as the emcee for MLB's Latin Legends ceremony. His broadcasts of the All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series on CBS, the Latina Broadcasting Network, Cadena Latina and Caracol from 1989 to 1999 were carried on more than 300 stations.
Jarrín was the first recipient of the Southern California Sports Broadcaster Association's President's Award in February 1998. He was given the highest award by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in June 1998 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1998. On June 21, 2002 Jarrín was inducted into the California Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and on August 23, 2003, he was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum during pre-game ceremonies at Dodger Stadium. In early 2004, he was honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters with the 2003 Foreign Language Sports Broadcaster Award and inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. Jarrín was honored again by the SCSB with the foreign-language broadcaster of the year award in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009 he was honored by the Society of St. Vincent DePaul for his commitment to changing the lives of atrisk youth in the community.
Jarrín's other honors included being awarded La Gran Cruz al Merito en El Grado de Comendador (the highest medal awarded to non-military personnel) in his native Ecuador in January 1992 and being named as one of the top 100 Influential Hispanics in the United States in Hispanic Business Magazine in 1990. He won Golden Mike Awards in 1970 and 1971 and became the first Latin American to win that award. In 2000, he spoke at the MLB Rookie Development seminar, which is designed to prepare top minor league prospects for the Major Leagues. In March 2006, Jarrín served as a play-by-play announcer for the inaugural World Baseball Classic. In 2011, Jarrín was honored by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation with a AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Award. Also in 2011, Jarrín was the Hall of Fame recipient for the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA). In 2014, Jarrín was presented with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
Jarrín studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito. Jarrín remains connected to his native Ecuador, presently funding a baseball academy in Guayaquil for kids between the ages of 7 and 12 with the help his friends and colleagues across MLB, with hopes of growing the sport in Ecuador.
Jarrín celebrated his 50th season with the Dodgers in 2008 and was honored by the team on the anniversary of his arrival to the United States, June 24. Jarrín was recognized for his service that day with appearances throughout Los Angeles and received a special award from the publisher and general manager of Hoy, LA Times Media Group's Spanish-language newspaper. In 2012, the Dodgers honored Jarrín's 54th season as part of the club's season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium's 50th Anniversary. A Jaime Jarrín T-Shirt, featuring an excerpt of Jarrín's famous home run call "¡Se va, se va, y se fue despidala con un beso!" and Tribute Night on June 11 sold more than 50,000 tickets. Last season, the Dodgers held Jaime Jarrín bobblehead night on May 25, a sold out game. Jarrín maintains an active Spanish-language Dodgers' official Twitter account: @JaimeJarrin.
The Dodger legacy for Jarrín now spans three generations in his own family as his son Jorge, Dodger broadcaster and manager of radio broadcast sales and Hispanic initiatives, broadcaster will call select games in Spanish for SportsNet LA this season. His grandson Stefan played for the 2011 champion Arizona League Dodgers after being selected by the club in the 40th round of the 2011 draft.
Jarrín and his wife, Blanca, reside in San Marino.
Former Dodger outfielder and two-time Major League All-Star, Rick Monday begins his 24th season as a Dodger broadcaster and 32nd season overall with the organization, including eight as a player. The Emmy-Award winning broadcaster can be heard as both an analyst and play-by-play man on the Dodgers' flagship station AM 570 LA Sports and across the Dodgers Radio Network.
Monday, who joined the Dodgers' broadcast team in 1993, began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor on KTTV in Los Angeles in 1985 while also calling play-by-play and hosting the pregame show for Dodger games on DodgerVision and Z Channel. He was nominated for an Emmy as host of the Dodgers' pregame show on kTTV's "Dodger Central" in 1988 and he earned an Emmy for Live Sports Coverage in 2001. Monday has also called games for the College World Series and the San Diego Padres.
The 2016 season will mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most dramatic moments of Monday's playing career. While playing for the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 1976, he saved the American flag from being burned by two protesters in left field at Dodger Stadium. Former Dodger GM Al Campanis presented the flag to Monday after it was used as evidence in the case against the two protesters and former U.S. President Gerald Ford presented Monday with a Bicentennial Commendation for his service to others. On June 27, 2006, in honor of the 30th anniversary of his heroic efforts, the 109th Congress passed a senate resolution honoring Monday for his courage and patriotism and he was a guest of former President George W. Bush at the White House on several occasions.
A star at Arizona State University (ASU), Monday led the Sun Devils to the 1965 College World Series Championship and earned All-American and College Player of the year honors before the kansas City Athletics made him the first player ever selected in the Major League First-year Player Draft. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1975. He also serves on the Advisory Board for ASU Baseball.
Monday made his Major League debut in 1966 and was named to the American League Rookie All-Star Team that year. After spending six seasons with the Athletics and five seasons with the Cubs, Monday came to the Dodgers as part of a five-player trade in 1977. He played eight seasons in L.A., helping the club to a World Championship in 1981 and three NL pennants (1977, 1978, 1981). Overall, Monday compiled a .264 career batting average with 241 home runs and 775 RBI while appearing in five League Championship Series and three World Series.
Dodger fans' best memory of Monday is his dramatic, game-winning home run in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1981 N.L. Championship Series at Montreal, which gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory and a berth in the World Series. In 1977, Monday received the inaugural Humanitarian Award presented by Major League Baseball and in 1995 he was honored with the William A. Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award, which is given to a Major League Baseball player or individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the Little League Baseball program. A list of additional awards can be found below.
Monday and his wife, Barbaralee, who make regular visits to various veteran's hospitals throughout the year, reside in Vero Beach during the offseason.
Among the awards Monday has won during his four decades in baseball are:
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Charley Steiner enters his 12th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. The veteran broadcaster will primarily call the action for AM 570 LA Sports, the Dodgers' flagship radio station alongside Rick Monday, but will also handle the play-by-play duties for SportsNet LA for select road games.
In 2015, Steiner's alma mater, Bradley University formally dedicated the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. Currently there are 120 majors at the Steiner School, in radio and television broadcasting, journalism, production, direction, ethics, media relations, digital, and sales. Steiner plans to spend a week on campus each fall inviting writers, broadcasters, producers, and publicists for panel discussions. Previously, Steiner delivered the commencement address at Bradley University's mid-year commencement in 2010 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university. Steiner graduated from Bradley in 1971 and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He is also a member of Bradley's Centurion Society, which recognizes university alumni who have brought national and international credit to the school, and in 1991 received Bradley's Lydia Moss Bradley Award, which honors those who have given outstanding service to the school. Steiner has established the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors and in 2012 he was the keynote speaker at Bradley's Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport.
On Nov. 9, 2013, Steiner entered the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, joining Orson Welles, Edward R. Murrow, Paul Harvey, Vin Scully and Larry King among others. King, a lifelong Dodger fan, inducted Steiner, who became the 17th sportscaster admitted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Before joining the Dodgers, Steiner broadcast three years for the New York Yankees on WCBS Radio and the YES Network. While with the Yankees, Steiner and his partner John Sterling received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio), for best play-by-play.
Prior to his seasons with the Yankees, Steiner spent 14 years at ESPN, where his responsibilities ranged from anchoring SportsCenter to working play-by-play for Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio and Television. He was also the play-by-play voice for ESPN 2's Saturday Primetime football. He served as SportsCenter's primary boxing reporter/analyst and also contributed to the Emmy and CableACE Award-winning Outside the Line series. His nationally-acclaimed coverage of the Mike Tyson trial in Indianapolis earned him a Clarion award.
In December 2010, Steiner delivered the commencement address at his alma mater Bradley University's mid-year commencement and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university. Steiner graduated from Bradley in 1971 and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He is also a member of Bradley's Centurion Society, which recognizes university alumni who have brought national and international credit to the school, and in 1991 received Bradley's Lydia Moss Bradley Award, which honors those who have given outstanding service to the school. Steiner has established the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors and in 2012 he was the keynote speaker at Bradley's Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport.
This season Australia will become the seventh different country in which Steiner has broadcast Major League Baseball. In 2008, Steiner had the distinction of calling the Dodgers' historic two-game series in Beijing, China, the first ever Major League games played on Chinese soil. Steiner has called games in six different countries as he was also behind the microphone for ESPN in 1999 when MLB opened the season for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico and the first-ever Major League game in Puerto Rico in 2001. Steiner also called the 2004 Opening Day festivities for the Yankees in Tokyo, Japan. Steiner called the 2013 World Baseball Classic for Major League Baseball International and in 2006, he served as the lead play-by-play announcer for XM Radio at the inaugural WBC.
In 2009, Steiner won two Emmys for his broadcast work with PRIME TICKET for the network's "True Blue Stories," which aired during the Dodgers' 50th anniversary season.
In 2008, Steiner had the distinction of calling the Dodgers' historic two-game series in Beijing, China, the first ever Major League games played on Chinese soil. Steiner has called games in six different countries as he was also behind the microphone for ESPN in 1999 when MLB opened the season for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico and the first-ever Major League game in Puerto Rico in 2001. Steiner also called the 2004 Opening Day festivities for the Yankees in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2005, his first season with the Dodgers, USA Today ranked the club's radio broadcast team, featuring Hall of Famer Vin Scully, Rick Monday and Steiner, as Major League Baseball's best.
Steiner also has provided the reading voice for several books-on-tape, including Jane Leavy's "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" and "As They See Them" by Bruce Weber, a book about Major League Baseball umpiring. He also served as the narrator for the DVD "Dodger Blue: The Championship Years," which was produced by Major League Baseball Productions. Steiner served as the lead play-by-play announcer for XM Radio at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006 and hosted a radio show on XM from 2006-09. He also broadcast the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Major League Baseball International seen around the world.
He began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL Radio in Peoria, Illinois as a newscaster. After a nine-month stint at KSTT Radio in Davenport, Iowa, Steiner moved to Connecticut, where he served as News Director at WAVZ radio in New Haven and, later, at WPOP radio in Hartford.
After a year and half in Cleveland working at WERE radio and WKYC television as a sportscaster, Steiner moved home to New York, where for the next seven years, he was the morning sportscaster on WOR radio, while serving as sports director for the RKO Radio Network.
In addition, Steiner called the play-by-play for the USFL New Jersey Generals and, later, for the New York Jets on WABC radio. He won the UPI Best Radio Sportscaster award for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in 1981, 1983 and 1985, and the New York State Broadcasters Award for best radio play-by-play in 1983, 1984 and 1987 before joining ESPN. He spent five years calling the action for the Harvard-Yale football game each fall.
Steiner resides in Los Angeles and is originally from New York.
Fernando Valenzuela, legendary Dodger and 17-year Major League veteran, enters his second season calling games on SportsNet LA in Spanish alongside Pepe Yñiguez. Valenzuela enters his 14th season as a Dodger broadcaster and served as color commentator for the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcasts from 2003-2014.
Valenzuela was a late-season call-up in 1980, but his legend grew as the Dodgers' emergency starter on Opening Day, 1981, when he hurled a 2-0 shutout over the Houston Astros. It was one of five shutouts that Valenzuela tossed in his first eight starts that season and his improbable success sparked "Fernandomania," a phenomenon which remains not only one of the most memorable periods in Dodger history but also in Southern California sports history. While leading the Dodgers to the World Championship that season, he became the first player in Major League history to be named Rookie of the Year and win a Cy Young Award in the same season. He baffled hitters with his signature screwball and packed opposing stadiums throughout the National League, while also earning the All-Star Game start in Cleveland. He still holds the rookie record for consecutive scoreless innings (35.0), as he began his Major League career with a 10-0 record and a 0.40 ERA (4ER/90.0 IP) including his late season call-up in 1980.
In 17 big league seasons, Valenzuela compiled a 173-153 record and a 3.54 ERA with Los Angeles, California, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Diego and St. Louis. He was named to the National League All-Star team for six nconsecutive seasons from 1981-1986 and in 1986 he won 20 games while also earning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. On June 29, 1990 Valenzuela reached the pinnacle of any pitcher's career, as he tossed a no-hitter while blanking the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. Valenzuela has been inducted to numerous Hall of Fames, including the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. His jersey was retired by the Charros de Jalisco, who also dedicated a bronze statue in his likeness at their stadium in 2014.
Valenzuela supports the club's community and Latino initiatives including Viva Los Dodgers, a season-long Latino marketing program, and supports the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's Dodgers Dreamfields program by attending dedications and leading clinics. As a result of his continued community involvement, the Reviving Baseball in Innercities Program (RBI) honored Valenzuela with a Lifetime Achievement award at its annual banquet in February 2007. Valenzuela supports the development of baseball in Mexico, hosting Little League teams from Mexico at Dodger Stadium and also maintaining a relationship with the LMP, a winterball league in Mexico in which he played several years. Valenzuela suited up as a pitching coach for Team Mexico in the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic tournaments.
Each offseason, Valenzuela also serves as the Dodgers' ambassador in Mexico regularly participating in diplomatic events in Los Angeles for the Mexican consulate and throughout his native Mexico. Last year, Valenzuela was appointed a Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by President Obama. In this role, Valenzuela works with the White House and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in promoting the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of U.S. citizenship.
Valenzuela was the subject of an ESPN "30 for 30" film "Fernando Nation," which debuted in October of 2010).
Valenzuela and his wife Linda reside in Los Angeles and have four children, Ricky, Fernando Jr., Linda and Maria Fernanda.
Dodger broadcaster Pepe Yñiguez begins his 18th season with the Dodgers and joins Fernando Valenzuela on SportsNet LA in calling Dodger games in Spanish for the second season. Yñiguez brings more than 25 years of experience in sports broadcasting to SNLA's Spanish-language broadcast.
Yñiguez worked alongside Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín and color commentator Fernando Valenzuela for Univision America's KTNQ 1020 AM from 1999-2014. yñiguez hosted the pre-game show, called play-by- play for select Dodger Spring Training games, all regular season games and postseason games for KTNQ. Yñiguez also previously hosted the Dodgers' pre and post-game shows, "Hablando con los Dodgers," in 1993. He covered select Spanish-language broadcasting assignments for the Dodgers in 1998 before joining the Dodgers full-time in 1999.
In 2010 and 2011, yñiguez also called select Dodger games in Spanish on PRIME TICKET alongside Dodger broadcaster Manny Mota. In 2011, he called play-by-play for 27 games on television. Since 1992, Yñiguez broadcasted numerous events for FOX Sports International, including every World Series from 1997-2005. In 1997, he called the All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland alongside Tito Fuentes and Dennis Martinez. Yñiguez also broadcasted the annual Caribbean Series.
From 1993-95, Yñiguez served as the color commentator for Los Angeles Raiders broadcasts. During past offseasons, he also hosted "Central Deportiva," a weekly sports talk show airing Sunday afternoons, on KWKW in Los Angeles.
Yñiguez, along with the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcast team, is an annual participant in the year-long Viva Los Dodgers program. Yñiguez also attends Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF)'s Dreamfield dedications and has served as emcee. Additionally, Yñiguez contributes to the Dodgers' Latino marketing and radio sales efforts in recording promotional ads for the Dodgers and Dodger sponsors that air on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM.
Yñiguez has two daughters, Karissa and Jaquely, and resides in La Habra.
Nomar Garciaparra begins his third season behind the microphone for the Dodgers, serving as a color analyst for SportsNet LA. He is also a featured analyst with SNLA on pre-and-post game telecasts.
In 2014, Garciaparra was inducted into both the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in the Dominican Republic.
Following the end of his playing career, Garciaparra worked at ESPN, appearing on Baseball Tonight show, MLB game telecasts as well as the network's coverage of the College World Series and the Little League World Series from 2011-13.
A native of Whittier, CA, and a graduate of Bellflower's St. John Bosco High School, Garciaparra played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and A's. He had a .313 batting average with 229 home runs and 936 RBI. He was the AL Rookie of the year in 1997; American League batting champion in 1999 and 2000; National League Comeback Player of the year with the Dodgers in 2006; a six-time MLB All-Star; and won a Silver Slugger Award. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams in a single game and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium. He also hit safely and scored a run in the first five games of his post-season career (1998-99) to join Ian Kinsler as the only players to start his postseason career with such an accomplishment.
Garciaparra attended Georgia Tech, advancing to the College World Series title game in 1994 and was a first-round pick of the Red Sox that year. He made his MLB debut in 1996 and as a rookie with the Red Sox in 1997, Garciaparra hit 30 home runs and had 98 RBI, setting a MLB record for RBI by a leadoff hitter and most homers by a rookie shortstop. His 30-game hitting streak set an A.L. rookie record.
He led the AL in batting average by hitting .357 in 1999 and .372 in 2000, becoming the first right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio to win consecutive batting titles.
Garciaparra signed with the Dodgers to play first base in 2006 and earned his sixth All-Star berth and finished the year with a .303 average, 20 homers and 93 RBI. He helped the Dodgers reach the postseason and also hit two momentous home runs that season; the first on Sept. 18 following four consecutive home runs in the ninth inning to tie a game with San Diego, he hit a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th to win the game, 11-10. Six days later, he hit a walk-off grand slam in a win over Arizona.
After playing with Oakland in 2009, Garciaparra signed a one-day contract with Boston in 2010 to retire as a member of the Red Sox.
Garciaparra was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic baseball team and his wife, Olympian and World Cup soccer champion Mia Hamm, played on the 1996, 2000 and 2004 women's Olympic soccer team. Garciaparra and Hamm were married in 2003. They have twin girls, Grace and Ava, 9, and a son, Garrett, 4.
Garciaparra is an investor in the brand new Los Angeles FC, scheduled to begin MLS play in 2017.
Dodger great Orel Hershiser enters his third season as a color commentator for the Dodgers on SportsNet LA. Hershiser can also be seen at the SNLA studios and on the field for pre-and-post game telecasts.
Hershiser previously was behind the microphone at ESPN from 2006-13 as a color analyst for their Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball and Little League World Series programming.
The right-hander played 18 seasons in the Majors, including 13 with the Dodgers. He also played for the Indians, Giants and Mets. The three-time All-Star won a Gold Glove, Cy young Award, National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award and World Series Most Valuable Player Award with the Dodgers in 1988. He later pitched in two more World Series and earned the 1995 ALCS MVP Award for the Indians, becoming the first player to win the LCS MVP in both leagues.
In 1988, Hershiser led the National League in wins (23), innings (267), shutouts (8) and complete games (15). He finished the season with a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings streak (Aug. 30-Sept. 28), breaking the mark of 58 set by Hall of Famer Don Drysdale, who was then a broadcaster with the team and was on hand in San Diego to witness the occasion.
Hershiser pitched a shutout in Game 2 of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland A's and was on the mound to record the final out in Game 5, adding the World Series MVP Award to his trophy case. He is the only player to receive the Cy young Award, the Championship Series MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same season. He later received both The Sporting News Pitcher of the year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year awards for his brilliant 1988 season.
Hershiser attended and played baseball at Bowling Green (OH) State University and was drafted in the 17th round by the Dodgers in the 1979 Major League First-year Player Draft.
It was during a game in his rookie year of 1984, that Hershiser was nicknamed "Bulldog" in an effort by Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda to get Hershiser to adopt a tougher attitude on the mound.
In 1985, he led the NL in winning percentage, compiling a 19-3 record with a 2.03 ERA. He finished third in the Cy Young Award voting and pitched in two games in the NLCS. He would make the NL All-Star team from 1987-89.
He suffered a torn rotator cuff in 1990 and did not rejoin the Dodgers until May 29, 1991. In 21 starts in 1991, he was 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA and was selected UPI Comeback Player of the year.
After finishing his playing career with the Dodgers in 2000 and briefly working for the team, he joined the Rangers as a special assistant to General Manager John Hart in fall 2001. He was named the Rangers' pitching coach in 2002 and after the 2005 season he became Executive Director of the Rangers.
He has co-authored or authored two books: Out of the Blue with Jerry B. Jenkins and Between the Lines: Nine Things Baseball Taught Me About Life.
Hershiser has two sons, Quinton and Jordan, and two stepchildren, Spencer and Sloane. He and his wife Dana reside in Las Vegas.
Jorge Jarrín will join father and Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín for the second season on Univision America's KTNQ 1020 AM. The Jarrín's are the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio. Jorge previously called games in Spanish on television for three years, including SNLA's inaugural season.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, from 2004-2014, Jarrín served as Manager, Radio Broadcast Sales and Hispanic Initiatives. In that capacity, he oversaw the Spanish-language radio broadcast and expanded the Dodger Spanish radio network. Jarrín continues to consult on the Dodgers' Latino marketing initiatives and partakes in Viva Los Dodgers.
Jarrín served as KABC Talk Radio's "Captain Jorge" for covering traffic from Jet Copter 790 from 1985 to 2011. The Associated Press of California honored Jarrin with four awards for his work in reporting the Los Angeles riots following the verdict of the LAPD/Rodney king trial. Additionally, the Associated Press also honored the Dodger broadcaster with an award for his live coverage of a Highway Patrol pursuit and hostage situation.
Jarrín is also the recipient of the "Golden Mike Award" for "Best Live Coverage of a Late Breaking News Story" in 1993, given by the Southern California Radio and TV News Association. In 2001 and 2002 Jarrin was teamed with Jose Mota to form Direct TV's "Major League Baseball Game of the Week" broadcast team to all of Latin America. Also during this period, he filled in as a sports anchor on the KTLA News at 10:00 p.m. Jarrín's son Stefan was drafted and signed by the Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft. Stefan was a part of the 2011 MLB Arizona Rookie League Championship Dodgers, the first minor league championship team in the Dodger organization since 2005.
Jorge and his wife Maggie met at Dodger Stadium, were married in 1981, the same year the Dodgers won the World Series, and have been married 35 years. They reside in San Gabriel and have three sons: Andrew, Phillip and Stefan.
Legendary Dodger coach Manny Mota enters his seventh year as a Dodger broadcaster and his 48th season overall with the Dodgers. Mota has been a member of the club's coaching staff since 1980 and continues to serve as a coach during Spring Training, making him the longest tenured coach in Los Angeles Dodgers' history.
Mota played in 20 Major League seasons with San Francisco (1962), Pittsburgh (1963-68), Montreal (1969) and the Dodgers (1969-80, '82), batting .304 and retiring as baseball's all-time pinch-hit leader with 150, a mark that has since been broken by Lenny Harris and Mark Sweeney. Mota, who was selected as a 1973 All-Star, retired as a player in 1980 and joined the Dodgers' coaching staff as the club's first base coach and batting instructor, but was re-activated on Aug. 29 of that year when Reggie Smith went on the disabled list. He was also activated from the coaching staff for one game in 1982, his 816th contest as a Dodger, which rank as the fourth most among all Los Angeles players born in the Dominican Republic.
Mota, who participated in five World Series with the Dodgers as a player or coach, was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum in 2003 and has also been awarded the Deportista Meritorio in the Dominican Republic, a lifetime achievement award honoring his baseball career and citizenship.
Mota and his wife, Margarita, operate a youth baseball league during the offseason and the Manny Mota International Foundation, a non-profit organization which has raised money to build a medical clinic, baseball fields and a school in the Dominican Republic. The foundation, which helps needy children in the Dominican and the United States, also awards scholarships and has hosted an annual golf tournament. He and his wife have eight children - Cecilia, Jose, Andres, Domingo, Manuel, Maria, Rafael and Tony - and the Mota family was honored by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation with the Ray Boone Award as baseball's "family of the year" on January 16, 2010.
A 16-Year Major League veteran Jerry Hairston enters his third season with SportsNet LA, where he serves as a Dodger studio analyst for the new TV network. Hairston is seen on SportsNet LA's live studio shows, including "Access SportsNet: Dodgers." He also contributes to the live pre- and post-game shows nightly, as well as other SportsNet LA original programming.
Before joining SportsNet LA, Hairston previously worked for ESPN, appearing on "Baseball Tonight," and MLB Network, where he contributed to "MLB Tonight," "Hot Stove" and other programs.
The third-generation Major Leaguer played his final two seasons in Los Angeles and wrapped up his career hitting .257 with 70 homers, 420 RBI, 1,126 hits and 233 doubles in 1,442 career games with the Orioles (1998-2004), Cubs (2005-06), Rangers (2006-07), Reds (2008-09), Yankees (2009), Padres (2010), Nationals and Brewers (2011) and Dodgers (2012-13). In 2009, he won a World Series ring as a member of the 2009 Yankees and was a .362 career hitter in 17 postseason games.
Hairston, who played every position except for pitcher and catcher in his big league career, is the grandson of former major leaguer Sam Hairston, the son of former Major Leaguer Jerry Hairston, Sr. and the brother of Scott Hairston, who currently plays for the Washington Nationals. Hairston was originally selected by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft after earning two-time All-State honors for Naperville North High School in Illinois and hitting .360 over two seasons at Southern Illinois University (1996, '97). He was later inducted as a member of the Southern Illinois Baseball Hall of Fame.
The 37-year-old lives in Los Angeles and has three kids: Jackson, Kara and Jessica.
John Hartung returns for his third season as SportsNet LA's primary studio anchor. The veteran Los Angeles sports host anchors the network's live studio shows, including "Access SportsNet: Dodgers" live from SportsNet's Los Angeles studios each night and also contributes to the network's original programming.
Hartung joined SNLA in 2013 from KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where he spent the past 11 years as a sports and news anchor. He has worked in sports television for 21 years and is originally from Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Dodgers' Fan Club as a young boy and went to Taft High School in Woodland Hills. Hartung was at Dodger Stadium for Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and witnessed Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run.
Hartung graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and his first on air job was at KFSM-TV (CBS) in Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he was the primary sports anchor. Following his stint in Arkansas, he went to KSWB-TV in San Diego and then spent the last 11 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Hartung anchored both sports and news for KABC-TV.
Hartung has two children and lives in Stevenson Ranch.
Alanna Rizzo enters her third season as a member of the Dodger broadcast team, where she serves as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter for games called by Joe Davis, Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra while also hosting the pre-and post-game shows from Dodger Stadium and on the road.
Rizzo is a nationally recognized television sports journalist, reporter and studio host. A four-time regional Emmy Award winner, Rizzo has been covering professional and collegiate sports for more than 11 years. Before coming to Los Angeles, Rizzo could be seen on MLB Network, where she appeared across all of the network's studio programming, including "Intentional Talk" and "Quick Pitch", as well as reporting from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Red Carpet, the MLB Postseason and the World Baseball Classic.
Previously, Rizzo was with ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain in Denver working as a sideline reporter and host for the Colorado Rockies, University of Colorado and University of Denver broadcasts.
Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism.
Joe Davis enters his first year as a member of the Dodger broadcast team and will call 50 road television games on SportsNet LA this season. Since 2014, Davis, 28, has been calling play-by-play on Fox Sports' national coverage of college football, Major League Baseball and college basketball and he will continue to do so while in his role with the Dodgers.
Davis attended Beloit (Wis.) College, where he was a four-year letter winner and two-time captain of the school's football team, as well as earning a B.A. degree in communications with a minor in journalism.
During the football off-seasons, Davis assumed play-by-play duties for the school's athletic department, announcing baseball and men's and women's basketball games on local radio and television and served as the voice of Buccaneer spring sports for his final three years on campus before graduating in 2010.
Prior to his senior year of college, Davis secured a summer job with the Schaumburg Flyers baseball team of the Independent Northern League, serving as the team's play-by-play voice and media relations director. He then moved on to the Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and was named Southern League Broadcaster of the year in 2012.
While in Montgomery, Davis also worked for the Baylor Independent Sports Properties Network and Comcast Sports Southeast, where he called play-by-play for college football, basketball and baseball.
In July 2012, Davis made the jump to national television at the age of 24, joining ESPN as an announcer for college baseball, basketball, football, hockey and softball and also appeared in spot duty for Major League Baseball on ESPN radio.
Davis resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife, Libby.