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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dodgers’ Jaime Zareen to retire after 2022 season

Jaime Jarrin, the Spanish-language radio broadcaster of the Dodgers since 1959, has a signature call. It is only available to those who wait until the end of a nine-inning baseball game, which Zarin describes as “uuuuuuuu-ltimoTaking out Chance “U” while a closer throws his warm-up pitches.

For Zareen, the 2022 season will be his last month A chance to call a baseball game.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers announced that Jarin, who turned 86 in December, would be retiring after next season – his 64th with the team.

“I am grateful to the Dodgers — the best organization in baseball — for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most for 64 years,” Jarin said in a press release. “As much as I will miss my ‘baseball family’ at Dodger Stadium and across the country, I look forward to spending more time with my sons Jorge and Mauricio and my grandchildren and nurturing my love of travel.”

Jarin was inducted into the Broadcasters Wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He is the second Spanish-language announcer after Buck Cannell to receive the Ford C. Frick Hall of Fame Award.

This season, Zarine has been part of a three-person broadcast team on KTNQ (1020-AM) alongside Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniguez. In previous years he had worked closely with his son, George, who preceded his father in retirement.

Zareen has called up 22 no-hitters and three Perfect Games (Sandy Cofax in 1965, Tom Browning in 1988 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) with 30 World Series and 30 All-Star Games during his career.

The Dodgers hired their first Spanish broadcast team when the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. René Cárdenas was the first to call games on the Spanish-language station KWKW in 1958. Jarin, who left his native Ecuador for the United States at the age of 19, joined the team a year later.

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His non-baseball career included Thrilla in Manila and the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. At one point, Zarine called 22 consecutive seasons of Dodgers baseball without missing a game.

“It’s impossible to put into words what JAM means for the Dodgers organization,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Castane said in a statement. “For more than six decades, he has brought us the signature calls of baseball’s biggest moments, serving the grace, integrity and class of the Dodgers and Los Angeles. Jaime introduces the Dodgers to Los Angeles and is the voice of the franchise’s Latino stars. We are integral to giving. We cherish this past year with him on broadcast and wish him the best in his retirement.”

Zarine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1998, and is a member of both the California Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association, which honored her with the organization’s Win Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Jarín’s other major honors include the La Gran Cruz el Merito en el Grado de Comandador, received in Ecuador in January 1992, the AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Award in 2011 by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation, and the Earnings Hall. was awarded. Recognition of fame by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) in 2011.

On New Year’s Day in 2020, Zareen was featured in the Rose Parade as the guest of honor at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, incorporating the theme of “The Power of Hope”.

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