Victor Rojas

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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 of Anaheim.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Rojas is the son of former major-league player and manager Cookie Rojas. Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, 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[edit]

He worked at Upper Deck Company and on the Florida Marlins baseball staff in 1993. He was the pitching coach for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1994.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Early jobs[edit]

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]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

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

Texas Rangers[edit]

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[edit]

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 of Anaheim[edit]

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.[2] He is partnered with color commentator Mark Gubicza on the broadcasts.

2011 NLDS[edit]

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

Play Calls[edit]

  • "Oppo taco": opposite field home run
  • "Three-Run Jimmy Jack": Three run home run by the Angels
  • "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:

Personal[edit]

He is currently married with three children Brianna, Mattingly, and Tyler. His father Cookie Rojas was an MLB player for 15 seasons and a manager for two, and is also in broadcasting, he does Spanish TV color commentary for the Florida Marlins. His brother Mike Rojas is the bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners.

References[edit]

  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.