2014 marks Ted Leitner's 35th season behind the microphone for "My Padres."
Now in his 37th year broadcasting in San Diego, Leitner is also the voice of San Diego State University Aztecs football and basketball.
Leitner spent 25 years (1978-2002) as sports anchor for KFMB-TV (CBS 8) in San Diego.
Leitner's previous play-by-play credits include the National Football League's San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, the National Basketball Association's San Diego Clippers, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Connecticut.
Leitner studied TV and radio broadcasting at Oklahoma State University and earned his Master's degree in communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
A fixture in the San Diego community, he has served as master of ceremonies at several Padres events over the years, including Opening Day ceremonies, the club's annual awards dinner and 2012's Jerry Coleman Day, honoring Coleman's 70 years in baseball.
Leitner has six sons: twins Nicholas and Ryan, Mark, Matthew, Jordan and Teddy, and one daughter, Kristin.
In 2014, Dick Enberg returns for his fifth season as the play-by-play voice for Padres television broadcasts, having been part of the on-air team that helped launch the new regional sports network FOX Sports San Diego in 2012.
Renowned as one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time, Enberg worked for CBS Sports for 11 years prior to joining the Padres, most recently serving as a play-by-play voice for the network's coverage of the NFL, college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. He also contributed to coverage of the Masters® and PGA Championship broadcasts on CBS Sports.
Prior to CBS, Enberg spent 25 years at NBC Sports, covering countless major events, including the memorable 1979 Michigan St.-Indiana St. game. He began his full-time broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles as the radio and television voice of the California Angels, UCLA basketball and the Los Angeles Rams, and was named California Sportscaster of the Year on four occasions.
The many accolades Enberg has received for his work include 14 Emmy awards, nine Sportscaster of the Year awards, the Ronald Reagan Media Award and the Victor Award, recognizing the top sportscaster of the past 40 years.
Enberg holds the distinction of being the only person to win National Emmy awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer, and in 2000, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Emmy award.
In February 1998, he became just the fourth sportscaster to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Enberg has been inducted into the National Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, as well as honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Rozelle Award), the National Basketball Hall of Fame (Gowdy Award) and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
Enberg is the author of two best-selling books: Dick Enberg's Humorous Quotes for All Occasions and his autobiograpy, Oh My. He has also written a successful one-man, one-act play, "McGuire," which features the wit and wisdom of former coach-colleague, Al McGuire.
A native of Armada, Mich., Enberg began his broadcasting career as a student at Central Michigan University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1957, he went on to earn a master's degree (1958) and doctorate from Indiana University (1962). He taught health education at Indiana University and for four years at Cal State Northridge, where he was also the assistant baseball coach of the Matadors. Enberg has been named a Distinguished Alumnus by both Central Michigan University and Indiana University. He resides in San Diego with his wife, Barbara.
Mark Grant returns to FOX Sports San Diego in 2014 for his 19th season as color analyst for Padres television broadcasts.
No stranger to San Diego baseball, Grant pitched for the Padres from 1987-90. Originally selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 10th pick in the first round of the 1981 Draft out of Joliet (IL) Catholic High School, he played parts of eight Major League seasons with San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston and Colorado. Grant went 22-32 with eight saves and a 4.31 ERA in 233 games (58 starts). He recorded a career-high eight wins and posted a 3.33 ERA for the Padres in 1989.
Grant began his broadcasting career at KFMB Radio in 1994 as a sports anchor and talk show host. After retiring from baseball in 1995, he provided analysis on Prime Sports' Padres broadcasts in 1996, then joined Channel 4 San Diego upon its inception in 1997. In 2012, he was part of the on-air team that helped launch the new regional sports network FOX Sports San Diego.
Grant is active in the community, currently serving on the board of trustees for the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation. He has been associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego since 1987, and also works with the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego. Additionally, he serves as a spokesperson for St. Madeleine Sophie's Center in El Cajon, a vocational and educational center for developmentally disabled adults.
Grant and his wife, Mary, reside in Alpine with their daughter, Alexis, and two sons, Andrew and Aidan.
Bob Scanlan returns in 2014 for his third season as a color analyst for the Padres' radio broadcast team, bringing with him the perspective of a 20-year professional baseball career and ten years of radio and television broadcasting experience.
Since 2004, Scanlan has been a broadcaster on television and radio, covering Major League, minor league and college baseball. Scanlan is a familiar face and voice for Padres fans, previously having served on the desk of the Padres pre- and post- game shows on Channel 4 San Diego. He brings a passion for the game and a player's perspective to his analysis.
Prior to beginning his broadcasting career, Scanlan played professional baseball for 20 years, having been drafted as a pitcher by the Philadelphia Phillies out of Harvard High School (now Harvard-Westlake) in North Hollywood, Calif. After seven seasons in the Phillies system, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he made his Major League debut on May 7, 1991.
Over the next decade, Scanlan went on to pitch for five additional Major League clubs: Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros and Montreal Expos. Retiring after the 2003 season, he contributed to nine Major League seasons, appearing in 290 games, posting 20 wins, 17 saves and a 4.63 ERA.
Scanlan and his wife, Elisa, have two children: daughter, Aleksandra, and son, Caden.
Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish-language voice of the Padres, will be calling Padres games for the 28th season in 2014, his 34th year in the broadcasting business. Ortega does play-by-play for both Spanish radio (XEMO) and Spanish television (FOX Deportes) broadcasts.
One of the most highly regarded Spanish-language sports broadcasters in the business, Ortega has broadcast in the postseason since 1993 for various outlets, including CBS Hispanic Radio Network, Cadena Caracol, LBC Radio Network and ESPN Deportes radio.
He has broadcast 14 MLB All-Star Games, 19 World Series and two no-hitters. Milestones Ortega has called include Tony Gwynn's and Ricky Henderson's 3,000th hits, Randy Johnson's 4,000th strikeout, Mark McGwire's 500th homerun, Barry Bonds' 700th and 755th home runs, Trevor Hoffman's breaking of the all-time saves record, Hoffman's 500th career save, and four of San Diego's five division titles.
Ortega has handled the play-by-play worldwide telecasts of the Caribbean Series for Galavision and Fox Sports for 11 seasons and was the lead Spanish play-by-play voice for the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
In addition to his time with the Padres, Ortega served one season (1991) as the voice of the San Francisco Giants, four years as play-by-play announcer for the Tijuana Potros of the Mexican-Pacific Winter League, two seasons broadcasting for Tijuana's team in the northern Sonora Double-A Summer League, and one year as the voice of the Cotton Growers of Torreon, in the Mexican Summer League. Since 2005, he has called Winter League games for the Mexicali Aguilas.
In 2012, Ortega was inducted into the Tijuana Sports Hall of Fame. Previously, he was honored in 2004 by the Tijuana sports media with a Career Achievement Award, and the Mexican Federation of Sportscasters celebrated his 25th anniversary in broadcasting and his multiple contributions to the industry.
In addition, Ortega was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Tijuana in 1997 and Sports Ambassador of Tijuana by the city's mayor in 1998.
Ortega writes a weekly in-season Major League Baseball column, "La Voz de los Padres," which is published in several newspapers in Mexico and San Diego County. He is a Tijuana native and a long-time San Diego resident.
Juan Angel Avila is returning for his 17th season in the Padres' Spanish-language radio broadcast booth. Handling the color and play-by-play duties alongside long-time partner Eduardo Ortega, Avila has been in the booth for the Padres' playoff and World Series games in 1998, as well as the team's Division Series appearances in 2005 and 2006.
In addition to his game broadcasts, Avila writes a weekly Major League Baseball column, Ruidos del Dugout, which appears in several newspapers in Mexico.
Avila began his broadcasting career as the play-by-play voice of the Venados de Mazatlan of the Mexican Pacific League from 1992-95 in his native Mazatlan, Sinaloa. He has returned to Mazatlan in the offseason to broadcast Winter League games on television for 17 years. In addition, Avila has served as the lead television announcer for the Caribbean Series for six years, representing Mexico.
In January 2011, the Juan Angel Avila Little League field was dedicated in Avila's honor at club Cardones, in his hometown of Mazatlan.
Avila served as public address announcer for the World Baseball Classic in 2009. He was presented with the 2001 Sports Award in Mazatlan by the city council and was inducted into the Mazatlan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Additionally, in 1998 the mayor of Tijuana honored him with the Sports Ambassador award.
Avila is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, where a classroom has been named after him. In the winter of 2009, he returned to his alma mater to teach a broadcasting and communications course.
Avila resides in Chula Vista with his wife, Erica, and daughters, Airam and Tiffany.