Fernando Valenzuela will be inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame — el Pabellón de la Fama del Caribe — on Sunday in Hermosillo, Mexico, at Universidad Sonora, Centro de Los Artes.
The current Dodgers broadcaster and retired pitcher was born about 200 miles south of Hermosillo, then began his career in Sonora playing for Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific League at age 16. He also played for Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali in the LMP and played in the Caribbean Series. Valenzuela’s induction will recognize his career in the LMP and in Major League Baseball.
The 52-year-old is scheduled to travel to Hermosillo Friday to partake in the opening ceremonies of Estadio Sonora, the brand-new stadium that will host the Caribbean Series. Valenzuela will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 7 p.m. game between Yaquis de Obregón and Criollos de Caguas.
At a press conference today announcing his new three-year contract with the Dodgers, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin expressed his love for the Dodgers, for his wife, and for … Twitter.
Followers of @JaimeJarrinHOF already know that the 76-year-old is a reliable source of information en Espaol, such as “Matt Kemp regresa a la alineacin de Dodgers como 4to. bate por primera vez este ao. Kemp cede el 3er. escaln a A-Gon.” (Translation: Matt Kemp is batting fourth for the first time this year. He had been batting third. He’s switching spots with Adrian Gonzalez.)
“I am enjoying that,” Jarrin said. “I am very dumb for all the technology we have now. They taught me how to send a Twitter and I’m enjoying that immensely. It is fantastic because now I can see how important baseball is for our listeners. I’m getting follower from Argentina, from Costa Rica, from Venezuela … from all over the world. I had a hint of that, but now I am seeing. They are asking me for more information on the Twitter. I am enjoying that very much.”
Here’s hoping some others in his profession follow suit.
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.