Jaime Jarrín, "the Spanish voice of the Dodgers" and one of the most recognizable voices in all of Spanish-language broadcasting, begins his 59th season as a Dodger broadcaster. The 2017 season will mark his third season calling games with his son, Jorge, with the duo forming the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio.
Jarrín has called three perfect games (Sandy Koufax in 1965, Tom Browning in 1988 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) and 21 no-hitters, 28 World Series, 30 All-Star Games and 33 postseason series during his decorated career. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick award and 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. The Quito, Ecuador native began working for HCJB in his home country when he was 16 years old and went on to become the announcer for the National Congress of Ecuador, while studying philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito. Following his graduation, Jarrín hoped to continue his broadcasting career in the United States, arriving on June 24, 1955, and at the time, he had never seen a baseball game. His first experience with baseball was watching the Dodgers on a televised broadcast of the 1955 World Series against the Yankees, and he soon began attending minor league games in Los Angeles at Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field to learn the game. Jarrín was hired as an announcer at KWKW and soon after, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. 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 games in the studio while listening to the English radio broadcast. Starting in 1965, Jarrín took the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcast on the road, making every stop with the Dodgers, and rose to become the club's No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973. From 1962-84, Jarrín called nearly 4,000 games - spanning 22 seasons - without missing a contest, before the streak was broken in 1984, when he took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. On August 23, 2009, Jarrín once again made history and served as the play-by-play announcer in the first-ever regular season, dedicated, Spanish-language telecast of a Dodger game.
Jarrín also worked on international news broadcasts including the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II's visit to the U.S. and several meetings between foreign leaders and Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts for radio and TV stations in Latin America including the Thrilla in Manila between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Jarrín is a member of both the Southern California Sports Broadcasters' association and the California Broadcasters' Association Halls of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated in September 1998. His other major honors include La Gran Cruz al Merito en El Grado de Comendador received in Ecuador in January 1992, being honored by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation with an AFTRA media and entertainment excellence award in 2011 and earning Hall of Fame recognition by the associated Press Television- Radio Association (APTRA) in 2011.
Jarrín and his wife, Blanca, reside in San Marino and have two sons, Jorge and Mauricio.
Former Dodger outfielder and two-time Major League All-Star, Rick Monday begins his 25th season as a Dodger broadcaster and 33rd season overall with the organization, including eight as a player.
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 Padres.
A star at Arizona State University, 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 in 1965. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1975 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Monday made his Major League debut in 1966 and, 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., and propelled the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series with a dramatic, game-winning home run in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLCS at Montreal. overall, Monday compiled a .264 career batting average with 241 home runs and 775 RBI in 19 big-league seasons, while helping the Dodgers win a World Championship in 1981 and three NL pennants (1977, 1978, 1981).
Monday and his wife, Barbaralee, who make regular visits to various veteran's hospitals throughout the year, reside in Vero Beach during the offseason.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner and National Radio Hall of Famer Charley Steiner enters his 13th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. The veteran broadcaster will primarily call the action on the Dodger Radio Network, but will also handle the play-by-play duties for SportsNet LA for select road games.
Before joining the Dodgers, Steiner broadcast three years for the New York Yankees on WCBS Radio and the YES Network. 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 and Saturday Primetime Football. He served as SportsCenter's primary boxing reporter/analyst and also contributed to the Emmy and CableACE award-winning Outside the Lines series. Steiner also called the 2006 and 2013 World Baseball Classics for XM Radio and MLB international, respectively, and broadcast MLB games live from seven different countries.
Steiner graduated from Bradley University, where the School of Sports Communication has been named in his honor. Currently there are 120 majors at the Steiner School, in radio and television broadcasting, journalism, production, direction, ethics, media relations, digital, and sales. Steiner, who was inducted into the Bradley's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, also established the Charles H. Steiner endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors.
He began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL Radio in Peoria, Illinois as a newscaster, and made career stops in Davenport, New Haven, Hartford and Cleveland before returning to his native New York, where 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.
Fernando Valenzuela, legendary Dodger and 17-year Major League veteran, enters his third season calling games on SportsNet LA in Spanish and his 15th season as a Dodger broadcaster.
In 17 big league seasons, Valenzuela compiled a 173-153 record and a 3.54 ERA with the Dodgers, Angels, Orioles, Phillies, Padres and Cardinals, earning six All-Star selections and tossing a no-hitter on June 29, 1990 against the Cardinals. The Sonora, Mexico native has been inducted to numerous Hall of Fames, including the Hispanic Heritage Baseball museum and Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame.
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. Valenzuela won his first eight starts that season, including five shutouts and a rookie-record string of 35.0 consecutive scoreless innings, with his improbable success sparking "Fernandomania," as fans flocked to see him pitch - both home and road - and baffle hitters with his signature screwball. Valenzuela, who started the 1981 All-Star Game, became the first player in MLB history to be named Rookie of the Year and win a Cy Young Award in the same season, while leading the Dodgers to a World Championship.
Valenzuela supports the club's community and Latino initiatives, and as a result of his continued community involvement, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI) honored him with a Lifetime achievement in 2007.
Valenzuela and his wife Linda reside in Los Angeles and have four children, Ricky, Fernando Jr., Linda and Maria Fernanda.
Pepe Yñiguez begins his third year calling games in Spanish on SportsNet LA and his 19th season overall as a Dodger broadcaster after joining the club in 1999.
Yñiguez also previously hosted the Dodgers' pre and post-game shows, "Hablando con los Dodgers," in 1993 and covered select Spanish-language broadcasting assignments for the club in 1998 before joining the team full-time in 1999. Additionally, Yñiguez contributes to the Dodgers' Latino marketing and radio sales efforts in recording promotional ads for Dodger sponsors that air on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM.
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 resides in La Habra.
Nomar Garciaparra begins his fourth season behind the microphone for the Dodgers, serving as an analyst for SportsNet LA's game broadcast and pre-and-post game telecasts.
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, posting 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.
Garciaparra attended Georgia Tech and was a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 1994. 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.
Garciaparra played three seasons with the Dodgers in 2006-08, earning an All-Star selection at first base and helping the team reach the postseason in 2006. 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. 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, MLB game telecasts as well as the network's coverage of the College World Series and the Little League World Series from 2011-13.
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. The couple was married in 2003, and have twin girls, Grace and Ava, and a son, Garrett. Both Garciaparra and Hamm are among the investors in the new Los Angeles FC, scheduled to begin Major League Soccer play in 2018.
Dodger great and Emmy award-winning broadcaster Orel Hershiser enters his fourth season as a color commentator and analyst for the Dodgers on SportsNet LA.
Hershiser, who in 2016 was recognized by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association for his work on the Dodgers' pre and post-game telecasts, 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 three-time All-Star right-hander played 18 seasons in the majors, including 13 with the Dodgers, who he helped lead to a 1988 World Championship. That year, Hershiser led the National League in wins (23), innings (267), shutouts (8) and complete games (15) en route to a Cy Young award, and set the all-time mark with a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings (Aug. 30-Sept. 28). He established his place in Dodger lore with a dominant 1988 Postseason, when he earned both NLCS and World Series MVP honors, and became the only player in history to win those honors in addition to the Cy Young 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.
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 the fall of 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 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 enters his sixth season as a member of the Dodgers' broadcast team. The 2017 season will mark his third year calling games on the radio alongside his father and Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, with the duo forming the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio, after previously handling play-by-play duties on the Dodgers' Spanish television broadcast for three years. In 2016, Jarrín was recognized by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association as the top Spanish-radio analyst in Los Angeles.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, from 2004-2014, Jarrín served as the Dodgers' manager of Radio Broadcast Sales and Hispanic initiatives. In that capacity, he oversaw the Spanish-language radio broadcast, expanded the Dodger Spanish radio network and consulted on the Dodgers' Latino marketing initiatives.
Jarrín served as KABC Talk Radio's "Captain Jorge" for covering traffic from Jet Copter 790 from 1985 to 2011. In 2001 and 2002 Jarrín was teamed with Jose Mota to form DIRECTV'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.
The Associated Press of California honored Jarrín 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.
Jorge and his wife Maggie, who met at Dodger Stadium, reside in San Gabriel and have three sons: Andrew, Phillip and Stefan, who was drafted and signed by the Dodgers in 2011.
Legendary Dodger coach Manny Mota enters his eighth year as a Dodger broadcaster and his 49th 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. 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 reactivated 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 fourth season as a member of the Dodger broadcast team, where she serves as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter and also hosts the pre-and post-game shows.
Rizzo is a nationally recognized television sports journalist, reporter and studio host. A five-time regional Emmy award winner, Rizzo has been covering professional and collegiate sports for more than 12 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 second year as a member of the Dodger broadcast team on SportsNet LA. Davis, 29, has been calling play-by-play on Fox Sports' national coverage of college football, Major League Baseball and college basketball since 2014 and continues 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 South Pasadena with his wife, Libby, and daughter, Charlotte.
Former Major League manager Kevin Kennedy begins his fourth season as an analyst for the Dodgers' radio broadcasts on AM 570 LA Sports alongside Rick Monday.
Kennedy enjoyed an eight-year playing career as a catcher in the Orioles', Cardinals' and Dodgers' farm systems before becoming a minor league manager in the Dodger organization from 1984-91. In 1992, Kennedy became the Montreal Expos' bench coach and one year later, the Texas Rangers hired him as their manager. He managed the 1993 and '94 seasons in Texas, before getting a chance to skipper the Boston Red Sox from 1995-96.
Kennedy turned his sights to a broadcasting career in 1997 when he joined ESPN as a color analyst on the network's Wednesday night telecasts. He also performed the same role as ESPN Radio's first team on Sunday Night Baseball with Charley Steiner in 1998 and on Fox Sports Net's Thursday Night Baseball in 1999 and 2000. From 2001 to 2008, he was a studio analyst on FOX. He also contributed to Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Radio and Prime Ticket's Dodgers Live, where he did pre and post-game analyst duties for five seasons. He was a full-time co-host on Sirius XM Radio's MLB Network from 2005-2011 and he has done part-time work for the network since. In 2009, Kennedy became a part-time television analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays and did that for two seasons before co-hosting a show on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio and co-hosting Dodger Talk. Kennedy has been honored with an Emmy for his division clinching game broadcast in Tampa Bay in 2010 and has been twice nominated nationally for the Fox National Baseball Show.
A graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA, Kennedy was selected in the eighth round of the MLB draft after playing for San Diego State University.