In perhaps the best news of the season for the Dodgers, Hall of Fame announcers Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin have agreed to return for the 2012 season.
Scully, set to continue in his 63rd season, told his television audience of his return. The only announcer in the major leagues to work alone, Scully insists that by working solo, he forms a more intimate bond with viewers and listeners because they feel he is speaking directly to them.
In his typical humble fashion, Scully told the viewers of PRIME TICKET, “I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, you and I have been friends for a long time, but after a lot of soul searching and a few prayers, we’ve decided that we will come back with the Dodgers for next year. God’s been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things I love to do. I asked him one more year at least and he said okay.”
Scully began his Dodger career in 1950 at age 20, and called Brooklyn’s only championship five years later. When the franchise moved west, so did Scully, starting a love affair with Los Angeles Dodger fans that persists to this day.
A recipient of the Ford Frick Award, Scully was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1982. In 2000, he was voted “Sportscaster of the 20th Century” by the members of the American Sportscasters Association. The following year, the Dodgers named the press pox at the stadium the “Vin Scully Press Box”.
Like Scully, Jarrin announced his return on the air. During Sunday’s broadcast on Univision Radio KTNQ 1020, he joked with color analyst Fernando Valezuela saying, “The Dodgers have invited me back for another season, so you will have to be by my side again.”
The duo has a history of working together dating back to 1981 when Valenzuela stormed the baseball world, winning the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. Jarrin served as interpreter for the Dodger lefty in that championship season.
Jarrin began his association with the Dodgers in 1959, just one season after the team moved to Los Angeles. He has been the number one Spanish-language broadcaster since 1973.
On Opening Day 1962, Jarrin started a streak of calling almost 4,000 straight innings, spanning 22 seasons. Only when he took charge of all Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Olympics did the streak end.
A dashing and gracious figure, Jarrin was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. With Jarrin and Scully, the Dodgers are one of two big league teams to boast Hall of Fame annoucners. The Florida Marlins are the other with Felo Ramirez and Dave Van Horne.
“I love what I do,” Jarrin said. “I’m pleased to serve the Spanish-language community and really share baseball with them – such a beautiful and pristine sport.”
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