Fernandez begins his 11th season in 2016 with the Minnesota Twins serving as the Spanish play-by-play announcer. Fernandez also has served as the Spanish broadcast voice for the Minnesota Timberwolves since 2005. Fernandez has called the action in Spanish for five other professional sports teams including the Minnesota Vikings (2005-09), the Los Angeles Clippers (1993-95), the Los Angeles Lakers (1988-90) and the Los Angeles Rams (1987-91). He was the first to broadcast basketball in Spanish in the Los Angeles area and has spent 33 years behind the microphone. Fernandez and his wife, Rosalia, daughter, Angela, and son, Jared, make their home in White Bear Lake, MN.
La Raza 1400AM/1470AM broadcasts the Twins games for our Spanish-speaking audience. Radio host Alfonso Fernandez and Twins legend Tony Oliva broadcast the exciting play-by-play, do interviews and promote upcoming community events.
Color analyst Tony-O was a man who seemed to excel in all aspects of the game. Oliva collected 1,917 hits and retired with a .304 career average. He is the only player to win batting titles in his first two seasons and was the winner of three in his 15-year career, which still stands as the club's longevity mark. His prowess as a hitter demonstrated in the fact that he led the league in hits five times and his 220 career home runs ranks fourth all-time among Twins. If not for knee problems which cut his career short, Oliva would have been a certain choice for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Oliva, the 1964 American League Rookie of the Year, began his coaching career in 1976. He also works as a hitting instructor in the Twins minor league system and scouts for the club. He had his number 6 retired July 14, 1991, was selected to the Twins 25th Anniversary Team in 1986 and 40th Season Anniversary All-Time Team in 2000. He was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on August 12, 2000, and was names one of the "50 greatest Twins" in 2010. In 2013 he became the eighth recipient of the Herb Carneal "Lifetime Achievement" Award.