<
>

Voices of the games -- en español

3/3/2006

Ernesto Jerez is the signature voice for Spanish-language baseball broadcasts on ESPN. His famous home run call, "No no no no no, ¡díganle que no a esa pelota!," has become a symbol of the passion and emotion of baseball for our Hispanic audience since 1995. Jerez's far-reaching charisma is such that his voice blared through the P.A. system of Mazatlan, Mexico's Teodoro Mariscal Stadium with every home run hit during the 2005 Caribbean World Series.


Pioneers in Spanish-language baseball broadcasts include Buck Canel, who enjoyed a 50-year career calling games dating to the 1930s, and Jaime Jarrin, who started with the Dodgers in the late 50s. They paved the way for a new generation of announcers, including Uri Berenguer of the Red Sox, the youngest of today's group bringing baseball to millions en español.

Now hear this ...

Ernesto Jerez

• David Ortiz hits last-inning home run vs. Yankees in ALCS.

• Albert Pujols blasts home run in eighth inning vs. Braves.

• Bobby Abreu sets record of 18 HRs in single round of 2005 Home Run Derby.

Ernesto Jerez joined ESPN International in 1995 and plays a prominent role in ESPN's Spanish-language telecasts of Major League Baseball. Jerez calls play-by-play for both ESPN's MLB coverage throughout Latin America and ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecasts on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language service in the United States.

Beto Villa

• A-Rod slams his 47th homer of the year.

Venezuelan Beto Villa is the Spanish-language voice of the New York Yankees. His radio broadcasting career in Spanish-language radio began in 1980.

Francisco Ruiz

• Morgan Ensberg's double propels Astros to victory.

Houston Astros Spanish-language voices are Francisco Ruiz -- veteran broadcaster in U.S. and Mexico -- and former Astros player Alex Trevino.

Eduardo Ortega and Juan Ávila

• The Padres win the National League West.

One of the most popular tandems in the Spanish-language radio broadcast booth are Eduardo Ortega and Juan Ávila, who have been calling Padres games since 1998.

Note: The source for the last three audio clips is MLB.com. For more on Spanish broadcasters in the major leagues, check out MLB.com's The Voices of Béisbol.


Source: MLB.com