Dodgers honor 'Spanish voice' Jarrin

Dodgers honor 'Spanish voice' Jarrin

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully has been with the Dodgers for an unparalleled 62 years, but Jaime Jarrin, "the Spanish voice of the Dodgers," isn't far behind.

Jarrin, in his 54th season calling games for the team, was honored before Monday night's game against the neighboring Angels as part of the Dodgers' season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary.

A Jaime Jarrin T-shirt with his famed home run call, "¡Se va, se va, y se fue ... despidala con un beso!" was given out to the first 30,000 fans.

Jarrin, along with his son, Jorge, and grandson, Stefan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Jorge is a Spanish play-by-play announcer for PRIME TICKET, and Stefan played rookie ball last season after being selected by the Dodgers in the 40th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Jaime Jarrin was presented with a plaque honoring his years of service with the team and a video about Jarrin's career, featuring colleagues, coaches and former players congratulating the announcer was shown before the game. A loud round of applause from the crowd at Dodger Stadium greeted Jarrin after the video.

The Ford C. Frick Award-winning announcer's first year with the team was 1959, when the Dodgers won the World Series, and he has been in the booth for more than 8,200 regular-season games, 25 MLB All-Star Games, more than 100 postseason games and 20 World Series games.