Jarrín to return in 2012

Jarrín to return in 2012

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Sunday locked up another Hall of Famer for 2012, as popular Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrín agreed to return for his 54th season.

Only two days after it was announced that Vin Scully would return for the club's English broadcasts, Jarrín reached a one-year agreement.

"The Dodgers have invited me back for another season, so you will have to be by my side again," Jarrín joked with analyst Fernando Valenzuela on air during the second inning. "I love what I do. It's something I love and it brings me great joy to work alongside you and Pepe Yñiguez. I'm pleased to serve the Spanish-language community and really share baseball with them -- such a beautiful and pristine sport."

Jarrín was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, as winner of the Ford C. Frick Award. The native of Ecuador came to the United States in 1955, and was working at radio station KWKW when the Dodgers came to Los Angeles in 1958. He re-created road games for six years, and has been traveling with the club ever since, becoming the primary voice in 1973.

From 1962-84, Jarrín called nearly 4,000 consecutive games, the streak broken when he handled the 1984 Olympic Games.

Jarrín was thrust into the international spotlight during the days of Fernandomania, serving as the interpreter for Dodgers pitching great Valenzuela, who now is a broadcasting partner in the booth -- along with Yniquez.

Among his many accolades, Jarrín received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, and was inducted into the California Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2003. Jarrín also has called more than 30 world championship boxing bouts, 19 All-Star Games and 25 World Series. Earlier this year, he was honored by AFTRA with a Media and Entertainment Excellence Award.

Jarrín's son, Jorge, works in the Dodgers' partnerships department, and his grandson, Stefan, was drafted by the club in June as an infielder, and is playing for its Arizona Rookie League team.