Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers scout Mike Brito passed away on July 7 at the age of 87. His influence in the organization spanned more than 40 years, and his contributions to the game of baseball are endless.
Brito’s signed Fernando Valenzuela to put his name on the map and went on to sign more than 30 players who played in the Majors. Along with Valenzuela, the group included Julio Urías, Yasiel Puig, Ismael Vadez and Dennis Reyes.
Many current and former members of the Dodgers have reflected on Brito’s life and his influence on the game. The L.A. Angels were also among those to reflect on the career of Brito and took a moment to honor the late scout with a message on the scoreboard.
The Angels also honored Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, who previously announced his intention to retire after the 2022 season after his 64th year calling games for the organization.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) July 16, 2022
Dodgers broadcasting legend Jaime Jarrin getting love in Anaheim pic.twitter.com/J0Q6JqkM1C
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) July 16, 2022
Along with Vin Scully, Jarrín became a staple in the Dodgers broadcast booth, with both of the iconic voices winning numerous awards and being on the call for many memorable moments.
Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, Jarrín has called three perfect games, nearly two-dozen no-hitters, 26 All-Star Games and 29 World Series.
“I think it’s time to give way to somebody else because 64 years is a long time,” Jarrín told DodgerBlue.com. “I have enjoyed it very much, it has been a great ride for me to be with the Dodgers.”
Cardinals honored Brito in press box
The St. Louis Cardinals also honored Brito in the Dodgers’ previous series by placing a Panama hat and a name card commemorating his life.
Brito’s iconic Panama hat, cigar, and radar gun in hand became a fixture at Dodger Stadium and synonymous with who he was.
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