In what has become an annual rite of passage, Southern Californians everywhere were relieved and rejoiced when the news broke that Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully would return for an unprecedented 65th season with the organization in 2014. Said Scully: "It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season - the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management - so everything just fell into place."
The Hall of Famer's 64 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team. This season, Scully will call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona for the brand new SportsNet LA as well as Dodger radio partner KLAC.
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 this past January when he served as the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade on New Year's Day. The theme of the parade was "Dreams Come True" and Scully remarked on the experience: "It's been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming. One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife, with our grandchildren, most of them, and children. So the thought that they were enjoying it as much as I made me feel even better."
In January of 2014, Scully won the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association's best Play-By-Play award for both TV and Radio. He has now won the award 11 and 15 times, respectively. In January 2013, he was bestowed with the Allan H. "Bud" Selig Executive Leadership Award at the annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation dinner, which is given to those who have made great contributions to the game of baseball.
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." Each criterion was rated from 1-10, with the perfect score being 100. Scully was the only broadcaster to reach that number.
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 Dodger 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.
In 2009, Scully was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals and programs that have made a significant and lasting contribution to the broadcasting industry. A plaque in his honor is permanently displayed at the NAB building in Washington, DC. Previous inductees to the NAB Radio Hall of Fame include Mel Allen, Gene Autry, Red Barber, Jack Buck, George Burns, Harry Caray, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Casey Kasem, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, Edward Murrow and Ronald Reagan.
Also in 2009, The American Sportscasters Association selected Scully as the Top Sportscaster of All-Time. The same organization previously honored him as the Top Sportscaster of the 20th century in 2000 and inducted him into the American Sportscasters Association's Hall of Fame in 1992. 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." Gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was just three cents and the minimum wage was only 75 cents per hour. 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 - a broadcast that made national news again in 2009 when the MLB Network launched with the rare footage of that game.
Though he cut his proverbial teeth on radio, Scully is often known for letting the pictures tell the story on television. 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 games. He continues to call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona. While Scully handles all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts, the first three innings of each of his games is simulcast on radio.
As such, in 2005, USA Today ranked the Dodgers' radio broadcast team as MLB's best, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. Scully and his colleagues, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner, earned 28.5 points out of a possible 30.
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.
In 2009, Scully hosted "Scully & Wooden for the Kids" alongside UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. The once-in-a-lifetime event featured Scully and Wooden sharing insights, philosophies, memories and wisdom before a sold-out audience of more than 7,000 people. Proceeds from the event benefited Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope through ThinkCure!, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scully portrayed himself in "For Love of the Game," the 1999 Universal Pictures release 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 was named best of the century in Los Angeles Sports broadcasting by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the poet laureate of baseball by USA Today. He has also lent his voice to Sony Playstation's MLB video game.
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 56th 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 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 22nd season as a Dodger broadcaster and 30th season overall with the organization, including eight as a player. He also spent three years calling Dodger games on cable television. The Emmy-Award winning broadcaster can be heard on the Dodgers' flagship station AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles and across the Dodgers Radio Network.
In 2005, USA Today ranked the Dodgers' radio broadcast team, featuring Vin Scully, Monday and Charley Steiner, as Major League Baseball's best, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. The trio earned 28.5 points out of a possible 30.
This season, Monday will call 162 games both as an analyst and play-by-play man. For home games and road contests in California and Arizona, Monday will serve as the analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner. For the road games outside California and Arizona, Monday will take on play-by-play duties with former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra serving as the analyst. For every game in 2014, Monday is also a co-host on the radio pre-game show.
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 was also a color commentator for CBS-TV at the College World Series championship game in 1988. He moved to San Diego in 1989 and called play-by-play for the Padres on radio and television for four seasons.
The 2011 season marked the 35th anniversary of one of the most dramatic moments of Monday's playing career. While playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1976, he saved the American flag from being burned by two protesters in left field at Dodger Stadium on April 25. Al Campanis, former Dodger Vice President, Player Personnel, 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.
In 2006, Monday released his first book, "Tales from the Dodger Dugout," a retrospective on the 1981 World Championship club on which he played a key role.
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.
After spending six seasons with the Athletics, including an appearance on the 1968 American League All-Star team, and five seasons with the Cubs, Monday joined the Dodgers as part of a five-player trade in 1977. He played eight seasons for the Dodgers, helping them to a World Championship in 1981 and three NL pennants (1977, 1978, 1981), and was named to the NL All-Star squad in 1978. 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.
The former left-handed hitter is also known for 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 10th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. The veteran broadcaster will call the action for all games on the Dodgers' new television network, SportsNet LA, outside of California and Arizona with new partner Orel Hershiser. In addition, Steiner will continue his duties as the radio play-by-play voice for all home games and away contests in California and Arizona on the Dodgers' flagship station, AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles, alongside Rick Monday.
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.
The 2014 season marks Fernando Valenzuela's 12th as the color commentator for the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcasts, keeping Fernandomania alive and well in Los Angeles. Valenzuela offers insight from a 17-year big league career alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez during all Dodger home games and select road games for Univision America's KTNQ 1020 AM.
The 2013 season marks Fernando Valenzuela's 11th as the color commentator for the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcasts, keeping Fernandomania alive and well in Los Angeles. Valenzuela offers insight from a 17-year big league career alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez during all Dodger home games and select road games.
Last season, on August 21, 2012, Valenzuela was honored with a bobblehead night celebrating his no-hitter on June 29, 1990. Valenzuela tossed the first Dodger no-hitter in a decade, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0.
It also marked the first time in the modern baseball era that two no-hitters have been pitched on the same day as Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart had thrown a no-hitter in Toronto prior to Valenzuela's. This promotion marked the fourth time that Valenzuela has been featured on a Dodger Stadium bobblehead, the most in Dodger Stadium history. The game was a sell out with more tickets than Opening Day 2012.
This offseason, on February 3, 2013, Valenzuela was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame (Pabellón de la Fama del Caribe) during the 2013 Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He was elected by a media contingent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and like those at Cooperstown, the Caribbean winter-league inductees are required to be named on 75% of the ballots. Valenzuela earned 175 of a possible 200 points. On Friday, February 1, Valenzuela was part of the opening ceremonies for the new Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo where he threw the ceremonial first pitch in front of a sold out crowd and hundreds of media members. Valenzuela was honored for his big league career in addition to his career in la Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) as a pitcher for Mayos de Navojoa, Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali where he played his last three professional seasons of his baseball career (2004-06).
In 2011, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa selected the legendary lefty as the Hope of Los Angeles awardee. Valenzuela was honored at City Hall as part of LA's opening ceremonies for Latino Heritage Month. In 2008, Valenzuela was honored by National Spanish-language television network Univision at the first annual "Premios Deportes" as one of the most prominent Hispanic athletes in history with a lifetime achievement award, "Premio Leyenda Deportiva."
The 2011 season marked the 30th anniversary of Valenzuela's appearance on the scene as the emergency starter on Opening Day, 1981. He hurled a 2-0 shutout over the Houston Astros, one of five shutouts in his first eight starts that season. The improbable success near the beginning of his tremendous Major League career 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 consecutive 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.
The southpaw's success and longevity allowed him to etch his name in the Dodger record books, as he ranks among the top 10 all-time in nearly every pitching category in Los Angeles Dodger history including wins (141, 5th), complete games (107, 4th), strikeouts (1759, 4th), shutouts (29, 5th), starts (320, 4th) and innings pitched (2,348.2, 4th). Among the all-time franchise leaders, Valenzuela is eighth in victories, fifth in strikeouts, seventh in shutouts and seventh in starts.
His six Opening Day starts rank third in Los Angeles history to Don Drysdale and Don Sutton. In 1986, Valenzuela completed 20 of his starts, the last big league pitcher to accomplish that feat. In fact, since 1980, only two pitchers have even reached 15 complete games in a year.
But far more important than the statistics he posted was the effect he had on baseball. When he made his Major League debut, he was just the seventh Mexican to play for the Dodgers and his impact on the game internationally is incalculable. He was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum during pre-game ceremonies at Dodger Stadium on August 23, 2003 and in 2002, his first season eligible for Hall of Fame consideration, the left-hander garnered 31 votes.
In July 2006, he was inducted into Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in Pasadena. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Valenzuela was the pitching coach for Mexico.
In February 2007, at its annual awards luncheon, the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association named Valenzuela, a native of Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico, as the co-winner of the Foreign Language Broadcaster of the Year Award, marking his first such honor. In 2008, Valenzuela was honored by National Spanish-language television network Univision at the first annual "Premios Deportes" as one of the most prominent Hispanic athletes in history with a lifetime achievement award, "Premio Leyenda Deportiva." On August 23, 2009, Valenzuela participated, along with Jarrín 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.
On August 23, 2009, Valenzuela participated, along with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez, in the first-ever regular season, dedicated, Spanish-language telecast of a Dodger game. Dodger broadcast partner PRIME TICKET aired the afternoon game against the Cubs on their sister network, FOX Sports West.
Valenzuela was the subject of an ESPN "30 for 30" film "Fernando Nation." The Dodgers supported the creation of the film directed by Cruz Angeles on the cultural impact of his career. "Fernando Nation" was added to ESPN's fall schedule and premiered on ESPN Deportes on October 24, 2010 and on ESPN on October 26, 2010. In 2011, Valenzuela received his second Foreign Language Broadcaster of the Year Award. Also in 2011, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa selected the legendary lefty as the Hope of Los Angeles awardee. Valenzuela was honored at City Hall as part of LA's opening ceremonies for Latino Heritage Month. That same year, Valenzuela made his first trip to the Dominican Republic to be inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame at Casa de Campo in La Romana.
On August 21, 2012, Valenzuela was honored with a Bobblehead Night celebrating his no-hitter on June 29, 1990. Valenzuela tossed the first Dodger no-hitter in a decade, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. It also marked the first time in the modern baseball era that two no-hitters have been pitched on the same day as Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart had thrown a no-hitter in Toronto prior to Valenzuela's. This promotion marked the fourth time that Valenzuela has been featured on a Dodger Stadium bobblehead, the most in Dodger Stadium history. The game was a sell out with more tickets sold than Opening Day 2012.
On February 3, 2013, Valenzuela was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame (Pabellón de la Fama del Caribe) during the 2013 Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He was elected by a media contingent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and like those at Cooperstown, the Caribbean winter-league inductees are required to be named on 75% of the ballots. Valenzuela earned 175 of a possible 200 points. Valenzuela was part of the opening ceremonies for the new Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo where he threw the ceremonial first pitch in front of a sold out crowd and hundreds of media members. Valenzuela was honored for his big league career in addition to his career in la Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) as a pitcher for Mayos de Navojoa, Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali where he played his last three professional seasons of his baseball career (2004-2006).
For ten seasons during his broadcast career, Valenzuela teamed up with the Dodgers to bring children's groups from the community to select home games as part of the Amigos de Fernando Program. Valenzuela is currently committed to the Dodgers' Dreamfields program regularly attending dedications and participating in clinics. As a result of this and 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 also hosted a Carne Asada Sunday event during the 2009 season. All proceeds from the event, at which fans got the chance to meet Valenzuela and enjoy carne asada with him, benefited the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
Valenzuela supports the development of baseball in Mexico, hosting Little League teams from Mexico at Dodger Stadium and also maintaining a relationship with the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP), a league in which he played several years. Valenzuela returned to the 2013 WBC last year as pitching coach on Team Mexico. Valenzuela also coached in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic tournaments. He is an avid golfer, active participant in the Dodgers' Latino initiatives including the yearlong Viva Los Dodgers days, partakes annually in the Dodgers' Holiday Mall Tour and regularly competes in charity golf tournaments.
Valenzuela and his wife Linda have four children, Ricky, Fernando Jr., Linda and Maria Fernanda. He resides in Los Angeles.
Spanish-language broadcaster Pepe Yñiguez begins his 16th full season and 17th overall with the Dodgers. After covering select broadcasting assignments for the Dodgers in 1998, Yñiguez made his debut in 1999 as a full-time broadcaster. He broadcasts alongside Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín and color commentator Fernando Valenzuela for Univision America's KTNQ 1020 AM. Yñiguez calls play-by-play for select Dodger Spring Training games, all regular season games in addition to potential postseason games. He also hosts the pre-game show for the Dodgers' Spanish language radio broadcast.
Yñiguez, a member of the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcast since 1992, hosted the Dodgers' pre and post-game shows, "Hablando con los Dodgers," in 1993. In 2010 and 2011, Yñiguez also called select Dodger games in Spanish on PRIME TICKET alongside Dodger coach 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. He has 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 has two daughters Karissa and Jaquely and two sons - Edgar and Alenrry - and resides in La Habra, CA.
Former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra is returning to the Dodgers in 2014. Garciaparra will serve as a color analyst with play-by-play partner Rick Monday on Dodgers broadcasts on 570 KLAC radio, as well as pre-and-post game telecasts on the team's new regional sports network, SportsNet LA.
Following his retirement from MLB in 2010, Garciaparra worked at ESPN across multiple platforms, including Baseball Tonight and various game telecasts, and became one of the lead analysts for 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 Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers and the Oakland A's. He had a .313 batting average with 229 home runs and 936 RBI. He was the American League 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 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.
Upon being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Garciaparra elected not to sign and instead attended Georgia Tech, advancing to the College World Series title game in 1994. He was a first-round pick of the Red Sox that year.
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 followed that with 35 home runs and 122 RBI in 1998 and placed second in the AL Most Valuable Player balloting.
He led the AL in batting average by hitting .357 in 1999 and .372 in 2000. He was the first right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio to win consecutive batting titles.
Garciaparra was traded to the Cubs at the July trade deadline in 2004, but in appreciation for all his contributions his Red Sox teammates voted him a World Series ring after sweeping the Cardinals to win their first World Series since 1916.
Garciaparra signed with the Dodgers in 2006 and moved from shortstop to first base. He 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 was named NL Comeback Player of the Year. He 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 Red Sox. He was extremely popular in Boston, this admiration reflected in a Saturday Night Live sketch "The Boston Teens," in which Garciaparra made a cameo appearance. On "Nomar Garciaparra Night" on May 5, 2010, he was honored before the game and he will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame this summer.
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's cousin, Arturo Javier Ledesma, plays professional soccer in Mexico. His uncle is legendary Mexican soccer goalkeeper Javier "Zully" Medesma. His brother, Michael Garciaparra, has played minor league baseball. Garciaparra's given first name is Anthony, but he is known by his middle name, Nomar, the backwards spelling of his father's name, Ramon. Garciaparra and Hamm were married in 2003. They have twin girls, Grace and Ava, 7, and a son, Garrett, 2.
The 2014 season marks Orel Hershiser's return to the Dodgers as a color commentator on team telecasts on the new SportsNet LA regional sports network.
One of the most popular Dodgers ever is back after working at ESPN since 2006 as a color analyst for their Baseball Tonight, Sunday Night Baseball and Little League World Series programming.
Hershiser played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, 13 with the Dodgers. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. He was a three-time All-Star and 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 American League Championship Series MVP Award. He also holds the Major League record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 59 from Aug. 30-Sept. 28, 1988. After his retirement as a player, he briefly worked as a coach and team executive with the Texas Rangers before joining ESPN.
In 1988, Hershiser led the National League in wins (23), innings (267), shutouts (8) and complete games (15). He was third in ERA at 2.26. He finished the season with a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings streak, breaking the mark of 58 set by Dodger 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 started Games 1 and 3 of the 1988 NLCS against the Mets and also recorded the final out in Game 4 in relief for a save. He then pitched a shutout in Game 7 and was selected NLCS MVP. He pitched a shutout in Game 2 of the World Series against the Oakland A's and allowed two runs in a complete game win in the clincher in Game 5 to add 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 magazine Sportsman of the Year awards for his brilliant 1988 season and postseason.
Hershiser's family moved frequently during his youth, which was spent in Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI, Toronto, Canada, where he participated in baseball and hockey, and then high school in Cherry Hill, NJ. He 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.
Hershiser could be considered the quintessential over-achiever. Despite a less than glowing original scouting report and a rather non-exemplary minor league career, he won the Mulvey Award as the Dodgers top rookie in Spring Training in 1983. However, he did not make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster until the 1984 season, after spending the winter in the Dominican Republic working on his delivery with pitching coach Dave Wallace.
It was during a game that season 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. Hershiser became a fulltime member of the Dodgers starting rotation in July. His four complete games that month tied for the most in the majors that season. He posted an 11-8 record and a 2.66 ERA in 45 games (20 starts).
In 1985, he led the National League 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 was 14-14 with a 3.85 ERA in 1986 and 16-16 with a 3.06 ERA in 1987, when he was selected to his first All-Star Game. He was also selected in 1988 and '89, when he posted a 2.31 ERA in 35 games.
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, winning his last six decisions and was selected UPI Comeback Player of the Year.
Hershiser pitched for the Indians from 1995-97, going 16-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 26 starts in 1995 to lead the young team to their first post-season appearance in 41 years. He won two games in the American League Championship Series against Seattle and was selected ALCS MVP, the first player to have won the LCS MVP Award in both leagues, and also pitched well in a losing cause against Atlanta in the World Series. He was 11-10 with a 4.41 ERA with San Francisco in 1998 and 13-12 with a 4.58 ERA in 32 starts with the Mets in 1999, helping them reach the NLCS, where they lost to Atlanta. He ended his playing career with the Dodgers in 2000.
Hershiser remained with the Dodgers briefly as a player-personnel consultant. He then 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 legendary Dodger Coach Manny Mota for a second season as play-by-play announcer for all games televised in Spanish on PRIME TICKET, while also serving as a co-host of Dodger Talk on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles. In addition to his broadcasting duties, since 2004, Jarrín has overseen the Spanish-language Dodger radio broadcast sales, expanded the Dodger Spanish Radio Network and is directly involved in the Dodgers' Latino marketing initiatives.
Jarrin 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 top 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.
Jarrin is also the recipient of the coveted "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.
Jarrin is most proud of his father, Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, longtime Spanish-language broadcaster for the Dodgers. Baseball continues as an integral part of the Jarrin family fabric. Jarrin's son Stefan was drafted and signed by the Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft. An infielder, 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 is actively involved in a number of charitable endeavors including Stillpoint Family Services, Villa Esperanza, the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena and AltaMed Health Services. Jorge and his wife, Maggie, have been married 30 years and have three sons: Andrew, Phillip and Stefan.
Legendary Dodger Coach Manny Mota enters his fourth year as a Dodger broadcaster, calling all games televised in Spanish on PRIME TICKET. He celebrated his 50th season with the Dodgers in 2012. Mota serves as the analyst alongside Jorge Jarrín. Mota began calling games for the Dodgers in 2010 and his full bio can be found in the coaching section of the guide
16-Year Major League veteran Jerry Hairston retired following the 2013 season and immediately joined SportsNet LA, where he will serve as a Dodger studio analyst for the new TV network. Hairston will be seen on SportsNet LA's live studio shows, including "Access SportsNet: Dodgers." He will contribute to the live pre- and post-game shows nightly, as well as to the live Spring Training and off-season programs and 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 will be SportsNet LA's primary studio anchor. The veteran Los Angeles sports host will anchor the network's live studio shows, including "Access SportsNet: Dodgers" live from SportsNet's Los Angeles studios each night and also contribute to the network's original programming.
Hartung joins the network 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 20 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 first season as a member of the Dodger broadcast team, where she will serve as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter for games called by Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser and will also host the pre- and post-game shows from Dodger Stadium.
Rizzo is a nationally recognized television sports journalist, reporter and studio host. A three-time regional Emmy Award winner, Rizzo has been covering professional and collegiate sports for more than 10 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. She lives with her husband, Justin, and dog, Guidry, in Los Angeles.