Following in the footsteps of Vin Scully, the Dodgers will honor longtime Spanish language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín.
The Hall of Fame broadcaster will become the 12th inductee into the Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium and will be recognized for his 60 years of service during a pregame ceremony on Friday, September 21.
Jarrín will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having their name/number permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium.
“The Ring of Honor is something that I never dreamed about, and I’d like to thank the Dodgers from the bottom of my heart," Jarrín said in a statement released by the team on Friday. "To me, this honor is equal to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I’m humbled to be up there with Vin Scully and all the other Dodger greats. It’s going to be a special night.”
Jarrín hails from Ecuador, and has been doing Dodgers broadcasts in Spanish since 1959. Similar to Scully, who was known as "the voice of the Dodgers," Jarrïn is considered "the Spanish voice of the Dodgers," and is an icon in the Los Angeles community and Mexico.
“On behalf of the Dodgers and Dodger fans, it’s my honor to congratulate Jaime on reaching this milestone and thank him for serving as a great representative of our team and the game of baseball for 60 years,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “His place among the franchise greats is undisputed, and we’re proud to welcome him into the team’s Ring of Honor.”
His broadcast partner, former pitcher and Cy Young Award winner, Fernando Valenzuela, had nothing but praise for his friend for the honor and recognition.
“Congratulations to Jaime, my friend and mentor, on this great honor and 60 years with the Dodgers,” said legendary Dodger pitcher and broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela. “I’ll always remember your kindness and wisdom in helping a teenager acclimate to the Majors and then, many years later, showing me the ropes as a rookie broadcaster. You are the true definition of what it means to be a Dodger.”
The ceremony will include tributes from players and broadcasters from around the baseball world. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the ceremony and also enjoy postgame Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny’s.