The Dodgers announced that veteran Spanish-language radio broadcaster Jaime Jarrin will return for his 55th season on a 3-year contract that takes him through 2015.
Jarrin will brodacast “most” of the Dodgers’ regular season games, plus eight spring training games and any playoff games, on KTNQ (1020-AM).
“I am honored to extend my career during such a thrilling time in Dodger history and under new ownership that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latinos in Los Angeles and in revitalizing the Dodgers throughout Latin America,” Jarrn said in a statement released by the team. “I am confident this leadership can bring a championship back to Los Angeles and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Jarrin is scheduled to talk to the media at 5:30 today. Someone might be tempted to ask why Vin Scully couldn’t be talked into signing a three-year deal too; Scully announced last week that he will return, but only for the 2013 season.
Jarrn began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1959 with the Dodgers, the same year the club won its first World Series in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Jarrn became just the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Ecuadorian native will turn 77 in December.
“Jaime is a Dodger institution and is a big reason why the Dodgers have such a strong Latino fan base,” said Dodger Owner Earvin Johnson. “The Dodgers are the only club with two Hall of Fame broadcasters on staff and I’m excited that Jaime will continue to instill a love of Dodger baseball in Spanish-speaking Angelenos.”