Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers honored Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín (64 seasons), Manny Mota (54), Rick Monday (37), Steve Yeager (36), Fernando Valenzuela (32), Pepe Yñiguez (25) and a total of 72 employees with 25 or more years of service with organization.
The pregame ceremony was held on what would have been Tommy Lasorda’s 95th birthday.
“I think it’s great that they’re being honored,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The Dodgers are a longstanding organization and there’s a lot of people that make this machine go. To be able to honor these people that have been here for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, on Tommy’s birthday, is pretty remarkable.
“I just think they’re in it with us every year. They enjoy the highs of the wins and they take the losses as hard as we do. For them to be honored, I’m really excited about it.”
Jarrín was the last to be recognized during the ceremony, and he stood at home plate while fans treated the Spanish voice of the Dodgers to a standing ovation. Jarrín is retiring after the 2022 season and is due to be recognized during another pregame ceremony on Saturday, October 1.
Longtime Dodgers employees honored
Dodgers ushers with at least 50 years of service who were celebrated were James Harvey (52 seasons) and Howard Levine (50).
The complete list of Dodgers employees who were celebrated included: usher captain Richard Angona (47), stand captain Bruce Dinowitz (46), usher Andrea Garcia (45), usher Captain Mario Villegas, Jr. (45), Minor League manager John Shoemaker (45), manager of umpires’ room Jerry Turner (43), press room operator James Mims (42), usher director Robert Allen (41), usher M.J. Babyak (41), security officer Richard Montano (41), utility maintenance Kevin Waters (40), gardener Petronilo Serna (40), executive vice president and general counsel Sam Fernandez (38), gate captain Valerie Jones (38), visiting clubhouse manager Mitch Poole (37) and assistant stand captain Jaime Moreno (37).
Also recognized were DodgerVision crew member Shane Shanahan (36), usher Maria Ramirez (35), stand associate Rosemary Cochran (35), stand associate Adriana Kano (35), usher George Barajas (35), ticket seller Sharon McCabe (34), stand captain Marina Goungo (34), security officer Anthony Adams (34), security officer Manuel Guantez (34), usher captain James Terminel (34), grounds crew member Frank Torres (34) and Dominican operations Antonio Bautista (33).
Dodgers additionally celebrated usher Anna McClure (33), stand captain Mark McCool (33), stand associate Lori Vasquez (33), security assistant manager Gus Shirley (32), gate captain James Gillespie (32), usher Leticia Monroy (32), receptionist Lucy Valdez (31), usher captain Diana Lynn Darr (31), usher captain Earl Davidson (30), sworn officer Joe Romero (30), stand captain Linda Hano-Hernandez (30), clubhouse attendant Adam Morrone (29), DodgerVision crew member Daniel Valdivia (29) and clubhouse assistant manager Jose “Peps” Castillo (29).
Additionally acknowledged by the Dodgers were Dominican operations member Pedro Mega (29), in-house officer Ismael Torres (28), grounds crew member Jaime Huezo (28), historian Mark Langill (28), stand captain Maria Barajas (28), vice president of ticketing Seth Bluman (28), Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary (28), painter Julio Alveno (27), usher captain David Dohren (27), ticket seller Madeline Contreras (27), stand associate Jody Hagedorn (27), ticket taker Francisco Tapia (27), ticket seller Sylvia Astorga (26), ticket seller Lori Liddle (26), usher Irene Aguilar Aguilar (25), elevator operator Theresa Casillas (25), elevator operator Edmund Garcia (25), elevator operator Lisa Oechsel (25), clubhouse operations Alex Torres (25), security officer Eduardo Torres (25) and usher Eduardo Vidana (25).
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