Dodgers broadcaster Jarrín to retire after '22

September 29th, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín , the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers, announced on Tuesday that he plans to retire after the 2022 season, his 64th with the organization. 

“I’m grateful to the Dodgers -- the best organization in baseball -- for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most for 64 years,” Jarrín said in a statement tweeted by the Dodgers. "As much as I’ll miss my ‘baseball family’ at Dodger Stadium and across the country, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my sons Jorge and Mauricio and my grandchildren and nurturing my love of travel.”

Jarrín, a native of Ecuador, arrived in the United States as a 19-year-old on June 24, 1955 -- the same day the legendary Sandy Koufax made his Major League debut at age 19 for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Jarrín was the director of news and sports at Spanish language radio station KWKW when the Dodgers moved to the West Coast and began broadcasting games on KWKW in 1958. In '59, he joined KWKW’s Dodgers broadcast team, beginning a tenure with the organization that has lasted more than six decades.

Since then, Jarrín became a legendary voice for the Dodgers and in the community. Jarrín, who will turn 86 in December, has called three perfect games (Koufax in 1965, Tom Browning in 1988 and Dennis Martinez in 1991), 22 no-hitters, 30 World Series and 30 All-Star Games during his career. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and became only the second Spanish-language announcer to achieve the honor, joining Buck Canel. 

When fellow Dodgers broadcaster and Hall of Famer Vin Scully retired after the 2016 season, Jarrín became the longest-tenured active announcer in baseball.

“It’s impossible to put into words what Jaime has meant to the Dodger organization. For over six decades, he’s brought us signature calls of baseball’s biggest moments, while serving the Dodgers and Los Angeles with grace, integrity and class,” said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “Jaime was integral in introducing the Dodgers to Los Angeles and in giving a voice to the franchise’s Latino stars. We’re going to cherish this last year with him on the broadcast and wish him the best in retirement.”

While Jarrín served as the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers, he also became Fernando Valenzuela’s interpreter during Fernandomania, helping Valenzuela connect to the American crowd. The two of them currently broadcast Dodger games together in Spanish, along with Pepe Yñiguez. 

Jarrín and his son, Jorge, shared the booth during the last six seasons, becoming the first father-son duo to share the Spanish broadcasting booth in Major League history. On Tuesday, Jarrín said during a press conference that he will only broadcast the 81 Dodger home games in 2022. The team will honor him throughout the season. 

“Los Angeles has been so lucky to have enjoyed the talent of Jaime Jarrín for over six decades,” Scully tweeted. “I’m thrilled my dear pal will get to spend precious time with his family in retirement. All the best to you Jaime.”