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Jaime Jarrin, A Long Time Spanish-Language Broadcaster For The Dodgers, Has Been Honored In A Big Way

There are few iconic voices in the world of baseball that have had the impact like the voice of Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín. Since 1958, the first year the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, Jarrín’s voice has been a fixture in countless Spanish speaking homes across Southern California. When the Dodgers moved to LA, owner Walter O’Malley knew he needed a broadcaster that could not only speak Spanish but could connect with the emerging Latino audience in LA. Jarrín, along with with legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, have called some of the greatest moments in Dodgers history. That’s why its no surprise the team chose to honor Jarrín by inducting him into the Dodgers Ring of Honor for his incredible impact on and off the field.

Eighty-two-year-old Jarrín’s name is permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium.

Jarrín joined the Dodgers as an announcer at 24 years old and has announced the Dodgers games ever since. He’s even called 25 World Series and 19 All-Star games during his 60 years of service to the team. Only 12 other people have the honor of having their name included in the Dodgers Ring of Honor which includes 9 baseball Hall of Famers. Jarrín received broadcasting’s highest honor in 1998 when he won the Ford C. Frick Award, becoming the second Spanish-language announcer to win in the award’s 40-year history.

Generations of Latinos have grown up listening to Jarrín call baseball games.

Dodger fans have been blessed to have two Hall of Fame broadcasters call their baseball games for the past five decades. However, it’s the cultural impact Jarrín had on the Spanish-speaking community across Southern California that makes him stand out.

His voice has echoed beyond the box score for decades and has a special place in Latino fans’ hearts. Jose Alamillo, a professor of Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Channel Islands, told the LA Times it was because of him many Latino fans began coming to Dodger games.

“Jaime was a staple in our home, and in many other Latino homes, the first voice who brought us the Dodgers,” Alamillo told the LA Times. “He’s played a big role in bringing a lot of Latino fans into the stands, making people more comfortable, inviting them to join in. Those radio broadcasts created a real sense of community.”

One of Jarrín’s signature phrases is “Se va, se va, se va!” call when a player hits a home-run.

Jarrín immigrated to Los Angeles at 19 from Quito, Ecuador and barely knew a thing about baseball when he arrived. He worked at a radio station in Quito, so he was able to get a job reading news at Spanish-language station in Pasadena. He studied baseball before he got the broadcasting job with the Dodgers and learned from the best in the business, Vin Scully. Jarrín never missed a broadcast from 1962-1984, calling nearly 4,000 consecutive games. The streak ended when Jarrín took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Jarrín recently signed a contract extension that will put him behind the microphone till at least 2020.

There’s no doubt that his presence and calls behind the mic will be surely missed when he does leave but for now lets admire the legend that is Jaime Jarrin.

“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,” Jarrin said in a statement. “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.


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LA Dodgers Visited A School To Hand Out Grocery Gift Cards And This Is Why We Love Them

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LA Dodgers Visited A School To Hand Out Grocery Gift Cards And This Is Why We Love Them

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Sports teams are more than just a source of entertainment for the masses. Teams work as hubs for community cohesion and as a social glue that brings people from different backgrounds together. We can’t think of Boston without its fierce and amazing Red Sox fan communities. We can say the same of our good old Los Angeles, which the great late novelist Carlos Fuentes described as the multicultural city of the future. Los Angeles is in equal measures the city of dreams, tinsel town and the place where millions of people from all over the world come to get a piece of the American Dream. Besides the rich Latino presence in the city, there are equally strong ethnic communities such as the thriving Korean, Ethiopian and Central American comunidades. 

It only fitting, then, for the city to have a baseball team that represents the spirit of solidarity of these communities. That team is the MLB organization Los Angeles Dodgers. 

They did not originate in Los Angeles, but Los Dodgers are as Cali as it comes!

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Contemporary fans might not know this, but Los Dodgers were established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883. They moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and the rest is history. They have been part of the community for decades due to their charity efforts and just plain awesomeness. The Dodgers Foundation holds multiple events throughout the year. Here, we can see player Ross Stripling reading to more than 100 chamaquitos at the Enendale Library. 

This week The Los Angeles Dodgers and Mayor Eric Gracetti visited children in need.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by the extraordinary L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Dodgers Foundation, and the Getty House Foundation to present gift cards to young people experiencing homelessness. This initiative was part of MLB’s ‘Home Plate Project’ to take action against food insecurity. More than 650 kids whose families are experiencing homelessness received $50 dollar gift cards. This is a a huge help for families who are basically surviving meal by meal. Said Garcetti during the event: “Who’s been hungry in this room before? … We believe that it’s the right of every little boy and girl and big boy and girl and young men and young women to make sure that they don’t have to worry about their next meal”. Many of these kids come from Latino and African-American families. 

The Dodgers have deep roots in the Latino community.

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Latinos have a deep and cherished sense of solidarity. Mario Lopez, who was raised in a working-class Mexican Catholic family, is a big fan. Just look at those dimples, totally happy being there with his kid under the Los Angeles sun, just watching the game and enjoying a much deserved chelita

We still can’t get over Karamo’s Dodgers hat collection! 

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And of course one of the Latinos of the moment, Karamo Brown from Queer Eye (yes, he has Cuban blood sabor!), has a huge LA Dodgers hat collection. His overall awesomeness and love for just causes just fits with the Dodgers, right?

And being a Dodgers fan is a family tradition for many proud Cali Latinos.

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If you go to Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park you will see a lot of Latino families enjoying the game. Nothing cutter than seeing a gown-up Latina watching a game with his papito santo or their abuelo. 

Los Angeles Dodgers are basically el equipo de la gente.

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According to estimates drawn by Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers’s Spanish-language announcer, an average crown at Dodger Stadium is 45% Latino!

They have a whole Spanish-speaking media team to connect with the community.

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Yes, you can follow the team in the official Spanish-language website https://www.mlb.com/es/dodgers. And of course los puedes seguir on various social media platforms. The management really knows how to connect with aficionados

And of course, the love Mexican-Americans have for Los Dodgers started with the legendary Fernando Valenzuela.

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It all changed in 1981, when Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela became a huge star. In a New York Times article Dodger fan Angie Varela said: ““In the ’70s, I didn’t feel the love so much. Then, in the ’80s, there was a huge number of Mexican-Americans that came out because of Fernando Valenzuela. But now? This is the most I’ve ever seen”. Yes, Dodger fandom is alive and well! 

Valenzuela is a cultural icon that went far beyond sports and defined what hard working talented migrants look like! 

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For many Mexican-Americans, Valenzuela was the hero they had long waited for, a sports figure that mainstream America could learn to respect. And he is still admired by all, including our very own amazing Latino Danny Trejo, a community leader in his own right

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This Kid Won Two Tickets For The World Series From A Man Who Was Once A Student At His Boyle Heights Elementary School

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This Kid Won Two Tickets For The World Series From A Man Who Was Once A Student At His Boyle Heights Elementary School

An alumnus of Christopher Dena Elementary School in Boyle Heights wanted to make someone’s Dodgers dream come true.

Alejandro Herrera is one lucky kid. He won two tickets to game two of the World Series thanks to a generous alumnus of his elementary school. Ricardo Puentes, a Christopher Dena Elementary School alum, wanted to give back to his old school in a special way. Puentes bought two World Series tickets and offered them to the student who could write the best essay about what the Dodgers mean to them. The winner was Herrera, a 5th grader. Herrera, a Dodgers fan since he was 4 years old, says his family loves “Los Doyers.” While his grandfather started the tradition, Herrera gives his sister all the credit for making him the fan he is today.

But with only two tickets and three family members hoping to go, there was only one option. “My mom, my dad, and my sister were fighting [for the ticket] so we had to do a raffle,” Herrera told KTLA. “So they put their names in a cup and I chose it and the one that came out was my sister.”

Herrera and the man behind the tickets, Ricardo Puentes, were interviewed by KTLA and discussed how the Boyle Heights student won the tickets. Puentes, who immigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child, says Christopher Dena Elementary School gave him a safe place to land.

“We were an immigrant family. We came from Mexico,” Puentes told KTLA reporter Lynette Romero. “[I] didn’t speak a word of English. This elementary school was my welcome mat.”

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