Abraham Cooper

Diverse Dodgers' roster mirrors melting pot that is Los Angeles

Diverse Dodgers' roster mirrors melting pot that is Los Angeles

The sweeping panorama from the loge level at Dodger Stadium isn’t much different than it was when Jaime Jarrin broadcast his first game from there 55 years ago.

But what Jarrin now sees from the radio booth has changed. A lot.

“It is unbelievable,” said Jarrin, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has been narrating Dodger games in Spanish since 1959. “When a Japanese pitcher is pitching, when a Korean is pitching, you can see more Asians in the ballpark.”

On his mid-game walks through the concourse, the language he often hears is Spanish.

“It’s a reflection,” Jarrin said, “of the demographics of Southern California.”

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