SportsNet LA to produce record number of Dodger games in Spanish
Dodger legend Manny Mota and broadcast veteran Jorge Jarrín to call 75 Dodger games in Spanish for the network
LOS ANGELES, CA - SportsNet LA launched February 25 as the exclusive new 24/7 TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. Today SportsNet LA has announced that the network will produce a record-setting 75 games in Spanish this season, in addition to a full season of Dodger games in English, giving Spanish-speaking Dodger fans more access to their favorite team than they've ever had before through expert analysis and innovative game telecasts. In 2015, SportsNet LA will increase the number of Spanish-language telecasts to 150. In addition, the network announced that Dodger legend and longtime coach Manny Mota and broadcast veteran Jorge Jarrín will return to call Dodger games in Spanish on TV together for a third season.
"The Dodgers have an incredible Spanish-speaking fan base and we are ecstatic to be able to provide them with more live games in their language than they've ever had before because of our new television network, SportsNet LA," said Stan Kasten, President and CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers. "It's fantastic that Manny Mota and Jorge Jarrín, who we're so excited to have calling Dodger games once again, will be able to speak directly to even more Dodger fans this season."
The inaugural Spanish-language telecast will be the Dodgers' home opener on Friday, April 4 as Los Angeles takes on the San Francisco Giants. SportsNet LA's Spanish-language productions will be called on-site at Dodger Stadium specifically for a Spanish-speaking audience, featuring distinct graphics and audio.
Mota, who will provide Spanish-language color commentary, enters his fifth season as a Dodger Spanish-language TV announcer. He also serves as a Dodger coach and enters his 46th season with the Dodgers and 35th straight year instructing the team, making him the longest-tenured coach in Los Angeles Dodgers' history. The former outfielder and pinch-hitter played 13 seasons for the Dodgers, winning one World Series, during a 20-year Major League career and ranks third on MLB's all-time pinch-hits list. He has participated in five World Series with the Dodgers as a player or coach and also operates the Manny Mota International Foundation, a non-profit organization which has raised money to help baseball and education in the Dominican Republic and United States.
Jarrín will call play-by-play, returning to the Spanish-language TV booth for the third year. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Jarrin oversees the Spanish-language Dodger radio broadcasts, was responsible for expanding the Dodger Spanish Radio Network and is directly involved in the Dodgers' Latino marketing initiatives. His father Jaime Jarrín is the Dodgers' Hall of Fame Spanish-language radio broadcaster and his son Stefan was drafted and signed by the Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft. The seasoned broadcaster previously worked at KABC Talk Radio as "Captain Jorge," covering traffic from 1985-2011.
Time Warner Cable customers can watch live Spanish-language Dodger game telecasts in high definition on channel 382 in Los Angeles, 324 in the Desert Cities and 664 in Barstow. More information about SportsNet LA's Spanish-language games and standard definition channel numbers, visit the "ESPAÑOL" tab on www.sportsnetla.com. SportsNet LA's Spanish-language telecasts are available to all satellite, cable and telco multichannel providers, subject to agreements with each provider.
Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have carried SportsNet LA since launch and we are in negotiations with all other providers. For more information about SportsNet LA or to demand the network, visit www.ineedmydodgers.com or www.quieromisdodgers.com. Follow the network on Twitter at @SportsNetLA, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SportsNetLA and Instagram at @SportsNetLA.