The Los Angeles Dodgers have a rich history that includes two different cities, seven World Series championships and over a dozen Hall of Famers.
Since relocating to L.A. in 1958, the club has also been fortunate enough to have two of the all-time great broadcasters call games for them. Vin Scully, who began his career in Brooklyn, was a mainstay on telecasts until retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Likewise, Jaime Jarrín has been the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers for over six decades. He just completed his 62nd year in the booth and is the longest-tenured active baseball radio broadcaster.
Whether Jarrín comes back for a 63rd year will depend on a couple of factors. His current contract ran through the 2020 season.
The 85-year-old revealed that his health will ultimately be the biggest determinant in him returning to the booth for the 2021 season or deciding to retire, via Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:
“The Dodgers tell me I have a lifetime contract, but I really don’t know how much longer I will do it,” he said. “Maybe this is my last year, maybe next year or in two years. I really don’t know. It all has to do with my health and how I am feeling. I’m 85 now and feeling great, so who knows?”
Given all that he means to the organization, it is touching that the Dodgers will allow Jarrín to remain in the booth for however long he desires.
Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, he has called three perfect games, nearly two-dozen no-hitters, 26 All-Star Games and 29 World Series.
Among the many accolades Jarrín has earned include the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, becoming just the second Spanish-language broadcaster to do so.
In 2002, he was inducted into the California Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and the following year, he was honored in the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum.
Jarrín nominated for 2020 Radio Hall of Fame
This past July, Jarrín was nominated for the 2020 Radio Hall of Fame Class. Candidates were selected by the Radio Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee, following suggestions from radio professionals across the industry.
Industry voting began on July 13, and due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 induction ceremony was held remotely in October.
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