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Victor Rojas (L) & Eric Nadel (R) at the Texas Rangers' annual "Triple Play" charity event on June 18, 2006
Victor Rojas (L) & Eric Nadel (R) at the Texas Rangers' annual "Triple Play" charity event on June 18, 2006

Victor M. Rojas (born February 3, 1968) is an American baseball broadcaster, currently the TV voice of the Los Angeles Angels.[1]

Playing career

Rojas is the son of former major-league player and manager Cookie Rojas. Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Rojas attended and played college baseball as a pitcher at Piedmont College (1988) Demorest, Georgia. Rojas played college baseball as a pitcher and catcher at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, and Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He pitched in the California Angels minor league system in the early 1990s.

Coaching career

He was a member of the Florida Marlins baseball staff in 1993 serving as the bullpen catcher during the inaugural season. He was the pitching coach for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the independent Texas–Louisiana League in 1994.

Broadcasting career

Early jobs

Rojas was a radio and television announcer for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League for two years, and also served as the franchise's general manager. He worked as a broadcaster for MLB Radio in 2002 and 2003 on the All-Star Game and the Arizona Fall League.[1]

He moved up to the radio booth for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003.[1]

Texas Rangers

He joined the Rangers in 2004, replacing Vince Cotroneo (now with the Oakland Athletics). Rojas worked with lead announcer Eric Nadel on all regular-season games and a number of spring training games. He did play-by-play for two pairs of the middle innings (3-4 and 6-7) and provided color commentary for Nadel during the other innings. He has worked multiple Rangers games on television as a fill-in announcer for regular play-by-play man Josh Lewin or color commentator Tom Grieve, and he has also appeared on ESPN.[1]

MLB Network

Rojas was the first personality to appear on camera when MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009, serving as the first host on Hot Stove (the Network's off-season studio show). Along with Hot Stove, he appeared on MLB Tonight, the network's signature nightly studio program. Rojas also called play-by-play for some of MLB Network's Thursday Night Baseball telecasts.[1]

Los Angeles Angels

On March 3, 2010, he was named the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's TV play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports West, succeeding Rory Markas who died in January and TV play-by-play announcer Steve Physioc and former Major League Baseball player and game analyst Rex Hudler, whose contracts expired after the 2009 season.[2] He is partnered with color commentator Mark Gubicza on the broadcasts.

Rojas was hired by TBS to handle play-by-play duties for the 2011 NLDS featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 2019, Rojas and Gubicza won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for their broadcast of Albert Pujols' 3000th hit.[3][4]

In November 2020, Rojas revealed that he had interviewed with the Los Angeles Angels for their vacant general manger position.[5] The job eventually went to former Atlanta Braves assistant general manager Perry Minasian.[6]

Play calls

  • "Oppo taco": opposite field home run
  • "Three-Run Jimmy Jack": Three run home run by his team
  • "Forget about it (or that one). Big fly for [player]": When a hit is deep enough for a home run
  • "Light that baby up!": The call at the final out of an Angels win, referring to the halo on the 230-foot tall A outside of Angel Stadium that lights up when the Angels win. Example: When pitcher Jered Weaver hurled his first career no-hitter, Rojas used his call:

Casilla lifts one out toward right, Torii Hunter giving chase, still going back, Jered Weaver has no-hit the Minnesota Twins! Light that baby up!

  • "Drive home safely!": When the Angels have a walk-off win.
  • "Grand Salami Time!": When the Angels hit a grand slam.

Personal life

Rojas and his wife, Kim have three children; Brianna, Mattingly, and Tyler. He and his family started a baseball apparel business in 2019 called Big Fly Gear. His father Cookie was an MLB player for 15 seasons and a manager for two. He is also in broadcasting, currently doing Spanish color commentary for the Miami Marlins. His brother Mike was the manager for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate to the Kansas City Royals and is currently coaching in Mexico.

Rojas and his family reside in Trophy Club, Texas during the offseason.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Victor Rojas Official Bio on Los Angeles Angels Site
  2. ^ Pucin, Diane (March 3, 2010). "Victor Rojas named as new Angels play-by-play broadcaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Brown, Larry. "Angels' Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza are MLB's most underrated announcing team". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ "FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket recognized with 13 L.A. Area Emmy nominations". Fox Sports West.
  5. ^ Anderson, R.J. "Angels GM search: Team's play-by-play announcer interviews, but is not among five finalists". CBS Sports. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  6. ^ Bollinger, Rhett. "Minasian named Angels' general manager". Los Angeles Angels. Retrieved 12 November 2020.

External links

This page was last edited on 14 November 2020, at 09:06
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