Dodgers set for first Spanish telecast
Jarrin excited for 'challenge' of calling Sunday's game
LOS ANGELES -- Ford C. Frick Award winner Jaime Jarrin doesn't know if he'll announce Sunday's game between the Dodgers and Cubs any differently than normal.
Maybe he'll talk a little less than he's accustomed to -- that's it.
Those are the issues Jarrin and fellow broadcasters Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez face as PRIME TICKET partners with the Los Angeles Dodgers to deliver the first Dodgers Spanish-language telecast.
PRIME TICKET will deliver the standard English-language telecast while its sister network, FOX Sports West, offers a Spanish-language broadcast.
"I'm looking forward to this challenge tomorrow," said Jarrin, who is in his 51st season in the radio booth. "First time ever doing a Dodger game on TV in Spanish, so I am excited."
Because the game will be simulcast on 930 AM La Ranchera, Jarrin doesn't believe that his style will be that much different now that he will be doing a game on television.
But he does feel that this first-time broadcast is another way to expand the Dodgers brand to the Latino community.
"It will be another way to recognize the great following that the Dodgers have upon the Latinos," Jarrin said. "I don't think there's another segment of the population who supports baseball and the Dodgers like the Hispanics. When I started doing baseball for the Dodgers in '59, we knew that the Hispanics coming to the stadium was about eight to nine percent. Now, it's between 38 and 40 percent."
Jarrin will provide the play-by-play for the first three innings and Yñiguez will take over for innings four through six. Then Jarrin will resume his broadcasting duties for the final innings.
Valenzuela will deliver analysis throughout the game beside Jarrin and Yñiguez.
Spanish-language graphics and commercials will supplement the broadcast, along with 10 originally produced segments featuring Spanish-speaking figures tied to Dodgers history, including: Adrian Beltre, Mike Brito, Bobby Castillo, Preston Gomez, Pedro Guerrero, Jarrin, Manny Mota, Valenzuela, Ramon Martinez and Raul Mondesi.
For Jarrin, the idea for a Spanish telecast is nothing new. He said that he proposed the idea to the Dodgers in the 1980s, but broadcasting rights prevented anything from transpiring.
"This time everything is different," Jarrin said. "[Dodgers owner] Frank McCourt wants to do it and FOX wants to do it. Because FOX has so many channels available, there's no competition for them."
Jarrin said that if everything goes well with Sunday's broadcast, the Dodgers might broadcast about one game per month in Spanish next season.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.