The Los Angeles Dodgers, who’ve already sounded quite different over the airwaves since Vin Scully’s retirement at the end of the 2016 season, are unfortunately poised to lose another legendary voice who has defined generations of baseball in the region.
Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish-language icon who has been broadcasting for the Dodgers since 1959, one year after their arrival in Hollywood, has announced he plans to retire at the end of the 2022 season.
Jarrín already possesses every accolade possible, from the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 1998 Ford C. Frick Award to a retired microphone at Dodger Stadium, resulting from a ceremony that took place four years before he even retired.
Luckily, we’ll have a one-year runway to properly appreciate his historic contributions, but his departure still requires a full celebration of his legacy on the day of the announcement.
Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrín announced his retirement after 2022.
To contextualize just how momentous 64 years in this role really is — and no, a number that large doesn’t really need additional context, but we digress — Jarrín, now at age 85, moved to the United States midway through 1955, and had reportedly never seen a baseball game up until that point.
Less than four years later, he had acclimated to a prominent role he’d hold for another six-and-a-half decades, bringing the magic of Dodger baseball over the airwaves to communities that needed it. That’s special.
As expected, Jarrín couldn’t sneak off into the sunset without a farewell message from Scully, too, his English-language counterpart in the adjacent booth for so many special decades. Scully, as he is wont to do, sent a succinctly perfect message, no doubt reflecting on the unique joys his own retirement has brought.
Tragically, Scully’s beloved wife Sandra passed away of ALS earlier this year, doubtlessly underscoring the importance of spending as much time as possible with family while they’re still with us.
Make sure to celebrate Jarrín’s contributions as much as you can over the next year. It’s unlikely one organization will be blessed with two legendary voices like this for such a long period of time ever again.