Angels add Rojas to broadcast booth
Announcer becomes TV play-by-play voice, replacing Markas
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels have a new television play-by-play voice, and it belongs to Victor Rojas.
A former pitcher in the organization, Rojas -- son of former Major League infielder Cookie Rojas -- has accepted an offer to call games alongside analyst Mark Gubicza on all Angels broadcasts on FOX Sports West and KCOP-13.
"We are pleased to have Victor join our organization and our community," Dennis Kuhl, Angels chairman, said in a club release announcing the hiring on Wednesday. "His broadcast skills and baseball experience will be solid assets for Angels Baseball. We feel we have matched two outstanding talents in Victor and Mark Gubicza."
Rojas has been working for MLB Network since its inception. He will fill the role that was to be occupied by Rory Markas, who passed away on Jan. 13. Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler, the Angels' longtime television broadcast partners, were not renewed for 2010. Terry Smith and Jose Mota will be the club's radio voices.
"Victor Rojas was an important member of the MLB Network on-air team that made our first year so successful," said Tony Petitti, MLB Network president and CEO. "We are happy that he is staying within the MLB family and we wish him nothing but the best."
Rojas, 42, spent five years with the Texas Rangers' broadcast team before joining the MLB Network venture in December 2008. He has an extensive background as a Minor League player and a baseball analyst.
"The Angels have always held a special place in my heart," Rojas said. "While I'm thrilled to be joining such an incredible organization, it's difficult to focus on my feelings knowing that the position was available only because of the untimely passing of a wonderful person and broadcaster in Rory Markas.
"Rory was extremely gracious to me when we had occasions to spend time together during my five years as a fellow broadcaster in Texas, and I'm both humbled and excited by the fact the Angels have put their faith in me to fill such a large void.
"I'm extremely grateful to MLB Network for not only taking a chance on me, but also for allowing me to pursue this opportunity. There are a number of incredibly talented individuals that I've had the pleasure of working with, and it's because of that interaction I feel like I'm leaving as a better person and broadcaster."
With the Rangers' television and radio broadcast teams, Rojas worked both as a play-by-play man and as an analyst. In 2003, he performed those same tasks on Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasts.
Rojas sharpened his versatile television skills with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League, where also served as assistant general manager before becoming general manager.
Rojas was the English television play-by-play broadcaster for the Caribbean Series, shown on the YES Network in 2006 from Venezuela and SNY Network in 2007 from Puerto Rico. His father provided analysis on both occasions.
After pitching in the Angels' organization, he became a member of the Florida Marlins' baseball staff in 1993 and served as pitching coach at Rio Grande in the Texas-Louisiana League in 1994. He played college baseball at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., and Lewis-Clark State University in Lewiston, Idaho.
Rojas and wife Kim have two children, and the family is moving to Southern California.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.