Dodgers extend Jarrin's contract

Dodgers extend broadcaster Jarrin's contract

LOS ANGELES -- The contract for Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, entering his 48th season as the Spanish voice of the Dodgers, was extended through the 2011 season by the club, it was announced Friday.

Jarrin has been the club's No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster since 1973. The native of Ecuador was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26, 1998, as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. With that honor, he became only the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Buck Canal.

Jarrin was the first recipient of the Southern California Broadcaster Association's President's Award in February 1998 and, in January 2005, he was honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters with the foreign-language broadcaster of the year award, one year after being inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.

During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Jarrin was in charge of all Spanish radio coverage and production. He has called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts throughout the world for radio and television stations in Latin America and has broadcast the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series on numerous occasions.

With Jarrin and Vin Scully, the Dodgers are the only Major League team with two Hall of Fame broadcasters. Scully is entering his 57th season with the club and is in the final year of his contract.

Sele signed: Veteran right-handed pitcher Aaron Sele has signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers with an invitation to Major League training camp with a chance of winning a roster spot.

Sele, 35, went 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA in 21 starts with one shutout for the Seattle Mariners last year and was released Aug. 1. Sele also has pitched for the Angels, Red Sox and Rangers in a 12-season career. Sele is a two-time All-Star who won 82 games in a five-year span from 1997-2001.

Staff hirings: The club named Jorge Martin as director of publications and Joe Jareck as assistant director of public relations, according to Dodgers senior vice president of communications Camille Johnston.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.