LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, who will be inducted into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor on Friday, agreed on Thursday to a multiyear contract extension that will keep him in the booth through the 2020 season.Jarrin, honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, who will be inducted into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor on Friday, agreed on Thursday to a multiyear contract extension that will keep him in the booth through the 2020 season.
Jarrin, honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, is currently in his 60th season as the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers.
"It seems like it was just yesterday that I was at the Coliseum in 1959 and started my work with the Dodgers; the time goes so fast," said Jarrin. "I'm still enjoying it just as much as I did 60 years ago. I love what I do, and it's a privilege for me to be able to do it. I have had the opportunity to work with the best of the best -- ballplayers, broadcasters and staff -- and I have been so fortunate throughout my career. Of course, I have to thank the Dodgers and especially my wife, Blanca, for her support and for allowing me to do what I love all these years."
"Jaime Jarrin is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word, and the Dodgers are lucky to have had him behind the mic for the past 60 years as he's chronicled the greatest moments in Los Angeles history with his unique storytelling and iconic style," said Lon Rosen, Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "We're thrilled that Jaime is returning with this multiyear contract extension and are looking forward to celebrating him Friday night."
On Friday, Jarrin will become the 12th inductee into the Dodgers' Ring of Honor, joining Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having their name/number permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 6:30 p.m. PT ceremony.
During the course of his 60-year Dodgers career, which began in 1959, the club's second season in Los Angeles, Jarrin has been lauded as one of the all-time great baseball announcers. He became only the second Spanish-language announcer to earn the Frick Award, joining Buck Canel. Jarrin is a member of the Halls of Fame for both the Southern California Sports Broadcasters' Association and the California Broadcasters' Association, and he 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.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.