The 85-year-old Jarrín started calling Dodgers in Spanish in 1959, the franchise’s second year in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 as the Ford C. Frick Award Winner.
“I’m grateful to the Dodgers — the best organization in baseball — for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most for 64 years,” Jarrín said in a statement issued by the team. “As much as I’ll miss my baseball family at Dodger Stadium and across the country, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my sons Jorge and Mauricio and my grandchildren and nurturing my love of travel.”
Jarrín was born in Ecuador and moved to California in 1955 at age 20. He became sports director for KWKW and initially re-broadcast games in Spanish from Vin Scully’s calls before the station sent him on the road.
He became a staple in the Southern California Latino community over the years, his voice synonymous with the Dodgers for Latinos across the region. He called the last All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in 1980 — the Dodgers are slated to host the next one in 2022 — and served as Fernando Valenzuela’s interpreter during the rookie pitcher’s whirlwind 1981 season.
Valenzuela is now one of Jarrín’s broadcast partners on the Dodgers’ Spanish-language KTNQ broadcasts, which are simulcast are television. The two share the booth with Pepe Yñiguez.
Jarrín had called games with his son Jorge for the last six seasons before Jorge retired in February. They were the first father-son broadcasting duo on Spanish-language radio in major league history.
Jarrín — and the Dodgers’ other broadcast teams — haven’t traveled since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. Jarrín worked all 162 regular season games — and five postseason games — in 2019 after his wife of 65 years, Blanca, died unexpectedly that February. He had planned on assuming a lesser role to spend time with her but changed his schedule to keep himself busy after her passing.