Harry Christopher "Chip" Caray III is a television broadcaster for Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast's coverage of the Atlanta Braves baseball and Southeastern Conference basketball, is an occasional radio broadcaster and co-host of the pre-game and post-game shows on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Chip is known from his time as a broadcaster for the Fox Saturday Game of the Week and as the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs from 1998 to 2004, he is the son of broadcaster Skip Caray, the grandson of broadcaster Harry Caray and the older half-brother of broadcaster Josh Caray. Caray graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 with a degree in journalism. Well before his first big job with Fox, he worked with local television stations in Panama City and Greensboro, North Carolina, he was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Orlando Magic of the NBA from 1989 to 1996. He worked on baseball games for the Seattle Mariners of the American League from 1993 to 1995.
While broadcasting with the Mariners, Caray received a two-game tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals. After the 1994 season, he was expected to sign with St. Louis, but chose instead to remain with Seattle. Caray was a broadcaster for the first edition of Major League Baseball on Fox in 1996. In 1998, Chip Caray was hired to work alongside his grandfather as broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. Harry Caray died in February 1998, Chip stayed with the team and took his grandfather's place as "the voice of the Cubs", he would go on to serve as their announcer for seven seasons, with Steve Stone providing the color commentary for most of those years. In 2004, both Caray and Stone left the Cubs booth after the season. On the final day of the 2004 season, Caray announced that he had signed a long-term contract with both TBS and Clear Channel to work alongside his father, broadcasting games for the Atlanta Braves, staying closer to his family, who lived in Orlando, Florida. Chip Caray became a broadcaster for TBS's college football coverage of the Big 12 and Pac-10.
In 2007, there was a major shake-up of the Braves broadcasters: Don Sutton departed to be the full-time broadcaster with the Washington Nationals, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren went to the Braves Radio Network full-time, Joe Simpson signed with Fox Broadcasting Company to be a color analyst on FSN South and Sports South, signed to call a limited schedule of games on TBS with Chip Caray. It was announced that Caray would be a broadcaster for TBS and would be the main play-by-play broadcaster for TBS during its coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. TBS would cover all the National League Championship Series. Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn called the playoff games with Caray. Caray has been criticized for making factual mistakes during postseason broadcasts. In response to such criticisms, Caray said, "It wasn't the job that I had when I came here in the first place, it would be like being a pinch-hitter. I'm better when I work more."On November 30, 2009, TBS announced that Caray and the network decided to part ways.
On December 21, 2009, Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced that Caray would be the play-by-play announcer for all 105 Braves games on the networks. The deal includes selected college basketball games on the regional sports networks. 1989–1998: Orlando Magic Play-by-play 1991–1992: Atlanta Braves play-by-play on TBS and Atlanta Braves Radio Network 1993–1995: Seattle Mariners Play-by-play 1996–1998: Major League Baseball on Fox Studio host 1999–2000: Major League Baseball on Fox Play-by-play 1998–2004: Chicago Cubs Play-by-play on WGN-TV and FSN Chicago 2005–2009: Atlanta Braves Play-by-play on TBS, Peachtree TV and Atlanta Braves Radio Network 2007–2009: MLB on TBS Lead play-by-play 2010–present: Atlanta Braves Baseball Chip Caray's grandfather, was a broadcaster famous for calling games of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, his father, was the longtime broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves until he died in 2008. Chip Caray imitates his father with sarcastic comments made in a high, nasal voice.
Caray has a brother, the radio broadcaster for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Chip is married to Susan, they have three sons, Christopher and Tristan, a daughter, Summerlyn
John Andrew Smoltz, nicknamed "Smoltzie" and "Marmaduke," is an American former baseball pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1988 to 2009, all but the last year with the Atlanta Braves. An eight-time All-Star, Smoltz was part of a celebrated trio of starting pitchers, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who propelled Atlanta to perennial pennant contention in the 1990s, highlighted by a championship in the 1995 World Series, he won the National League Cy Young Award in 1996 after posting a record of 24–8, equaling the most victories by an NL pitcher since 1972. Though predominantly known as a starter, Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001 after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, spent four years as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002, he set the NL record with 55 saves and became only the second pitcher in history to record both a 20-win season and a 50-save season, he is the only pitcher in major league history to record both 150 saves.
Smoltz was one of the most prominent pitchers in playoff history, posting a record of 15–4 with a 2.67 earned run average in 41 career postseason games, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 NL Championship Series. Smoltz led the NL in wins, winning percentage and innings pitched twice each, his NL total of 3,084 strikeouts ranked fifth in league history when he retired, he holds the Braves franchise record for career strikeouts, the record for the most career games pitched for the Braves since the club's move to Atlanta in 1966. Smoltz left the Braves after 2008 and split his final season with the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Since retiring as a player, he has served as a color analyst on television, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. John Smoltz was an All-State baseball and football player at Waverly High School in Lansing, before the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 22nd round of the 1985 amateur draft, he was the 574th selection of the draft.
Smoltz played for the Class A Lakeland Tigers minor-league team, moved on to the Class AA Glens Falls Tigers in 1987, posting records of 7–8 and 4–10. On August 12, 1987, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves, where he played on their Class AAA Richmond Braves; the 1987 Tigers were in a three-team race, chasing the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East division lead. While Alexander did help the Tigers overtake the Blue Jays for the division title, he was out of baseball by 1989. Smoltz, on the other hand, became one of the cornerstones of the Braves franchise for the next two decades. Smoltz made his major league debut on July 23, 1988, he posted poor statistics in a dozen starts. In 29 starts, he recorded a 12–11 record and 2.94 ERA while pitching 208 innings, was named to the NL All-Star team. Teammate Tom Glavine had his first good year in 1989, raising optimism about the future of Atlanta's pitching staff. Over his career, Smoltz threw a four-seam fastball, clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, a strong, effective slider and an 88–91 mph split-finger fastball that he used as a strikeout pitch.
He used a curveball and change-up on occasion, in 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a screwball, though he used either in game situations. Smoltz began the 1991 season with a 2–11 record, he began seeing a sports psychologist, after which he closed out the season on a 12–2 pace, helping the Braves win a tight NL West race. His winning ways continued into the 1991 National League Championship Series. Smoltz won both his starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates, capped by a complete game shutout in the seventh game, propelling the Braves to their first World Series since moving to Atlanta in 1966. Smoltz had two no-decisions against the Minnesota Twins, with a 1.26 ERA. In the seventh and deciding game, he faced Jack Morris. Both starters pitched shutout ball for seven innings, before Smoltz was removed from the 0–0 game during a Twins threat in the eighth. Atlanta reliever Mike Stanton pitched out of the jam, getting Smoltz off the hook, Morris pitched a 10-inning complete game victory.
The next year, Smoltz won 15 regular season games and was the MVP of the 1992 National League Championship Series, winning two games. He left the seventh game trailing, but ended up with a no-decision as the Braves mounted a dramatic ninth-inning comeback win. In the World Series that year, Smoltz started two of the six games in the series, with a no-decision in Game 2 and a win with the Braves facing elimination in Game 5. Before the 1993 season, the Braves signed renowned control pitcher Greg Maddux, completing – along with Smoltz and Glavine – what many consider to be the most accomplished starting trio assembled on a single major-league team. Smoltz again won 15 games, but suffered his first postseason loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS despite not allowing an earned run. Smoltz had a 6–10 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season, during the break, had bone chips removed from his elbow. Returning as the Braves' No. 3 starter, he posted a 12–7 record in 1995. Smoltz had shaky postseason numbers, avoiding a decision despite a 6.60 ERA.
But Smoltz and the Braves won the franchise's only World Series in Atlanta, thanks in great part to Maddux and Glavine, who had begun to overshadow Smoltz. The next season, 1996, was the best of Smoltz's career, he went 24
Ernie Johnson Jr.
Ernest Thorwald Johnson Jr. is a sportscaster for Turner Sports and CBS Sports. Johnson is the lead television voice for Major League Baseball on TBS, hosts Inside the NBA for TNT, contributes to the joint coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament for Turner and CBS, his father was Ernie Johnson Sr. a Major League Baseball pitcher and Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer. Johnson's career began in 1977 while he was still a student at the University of Georgia, when he took a job as the news and sports director for the radio station WAGQ-FM in Athens, Georgia, he held that job until 1978, when he graduated from Georgia with a B. A. in journalism, summa cum laude. In 1979, Johnson began his broadcasting career at WMAZ-TV in Georgia, he worked there as a news anchor until 1981, when he moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina to work as a news reporter at WSPA-TV. Johnson moved back to Georgia in 1982, this time taking a job in Atlanta at WSB-TV as a general assignment news reporter.
He became the station's weekend sports anchor and reporter in 1983. He held those jobs until 1989. From 1993 to 1996, Johnson called Atlanta Braves baseball games for SportSouth with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr. Known as "E. J.", Johnson works as the studio host for TNT's coverage of the NBA, including pregame and halftime shows, the network's famous postgame studio show that airs after each NBA doubleheader, Inside the NBA. He has hosted the show since 1990. At the end of each broadcast, Ernie presents "E. J.'s Neat-O Stat of the Night," which has become a popular part of the show but is sponsored by no one, hence the sign that says "Your logo here". This changed in May 2007 when vitaminwater stepped in as a sponsor for the segment, replaced by Panasonic's Viera line of televisions for 2008. For the 2005–2006 season, his segments were sponsored by Intel Centrino and most Suzuki. In the 2008 NBA Playoffs, his segments were presented by vitaminwater. For all NBA-related shows, Johnson is joined by former NBA stars Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and, on occasion, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, or Reggie Miller.
In the 2012–2013 regular season he was joined by Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Dennis Scott while Smith and Barkley covered March Madness on CBS. Johnson is the host of Tuesday Fan Night on sister station NBA TV, alongside Webber and Greg Anthony, he is the host and moderator of NBA TV's Open Court, a basketball-panel show featuring Johnson and a rotation of six panelists discussing various topics, ranging from the history of the NBA to the current day scene of the league. In addition to working basketball, Johnson is the play-by-play announcer for TNT's PGA Tour coverage. At TBS, Johnson worked as the studio host for their coverage of college football. In 2002, Johnson was co-winner of the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host, tying with Bob Costas of NBC and HBO, it was the first time. In 2006, Johnson won the award again, this time on his own, snapping Costas' six-year stranglehold on it, including the year the two shared the honor. From 2007 to 2009, Johnson worked as the studio host alongside Cal Ripken Jr. for TBS's coverage of Major League Baseball.
In 2010, he moved into a play-by-play role for the network, serving as the lead broadcaster for TBS' playoff coverage, including the 2010 ALCS. He broadcast 40 Atlanta Braves games on sister channel Peachtree TV. Johnson's past work at TNT included roles as studio host for The Championships, Wimbledon from 2000 to 2002, studio host for its National Football League coverage from 1990 to 1997, various duties at the 1994, 1998, 2001 Goodwill Games, as well as the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he was the studio host for TNT's coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He co-hosted Barkley's now-defunct talk show, Listen Up! Past work at TBS included working as studio host for their NBA coverage. Johnson called weightlifting for NBC's coverage of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he serves as a studio host for the NCAA tournament for CBS and Turner Sports alternating with Greg Gumbel. In 2015, Johnson won his third Sports Emmy for Best Studio Host, gave his award to the daughters of the late Stuart Scott, who died in January 2015.
He is a sportscaster on NBA Live 98, NBA 2K15, NBA 2K16, NBA 2K17, NBA 2K18. Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, a licensed professional counselor, live in Braselton and have two biological children and four adopted children. A Christian since 1997, he works on a regular basis with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Samaritan's Feet. Johnson is a devoted Atlanta Braves fan, he is an Atlanta native and attended high school at the private Marist School in nearby Brookhaven, Georgia. On the November 10, 2016 edition of Inside The NBA, Johnson and co-hosts were discussing the 2016 U. S. presidential election and the stunning upset of Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton. While giving his remarks, Johnson talked about the build-up to Election Day, how he would lean on his Christian faith and pray for the transition of power and for the division in the country, he revealed that he wrote in his vote for Ohio governor John Kasich, one of the 17 Republican candidates and the last to suspend his campaign.
In April 2017, he released his memoir, Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordin
Texas Rangers (baseball)
The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise competes in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington; the team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name. The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D. C. after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington, debuted as the Rangers the following spring; the Texas Rangers Baseball Club has made eight appearances in the MLB postseason, seven following division championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and as a wild card team in 2012. In 2010, the Rangers advanced past the Division Series for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.
Texas brought home their first American League pennant after beating the New York Yankees in six games. In the 2010 World Series, the franchise's first, the Rangers fell to the San Francisco Giants in five games, they repeated as American League champions the following year lost the 2011 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. In 2020, the Rangers will move from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field; when the second Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1960 to become the Twins, Major League Baseball decided to expand a year earlier than planned to stave off the twin threats of competition from the proposed Continental League and loss of its exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act. As part of the expansion, the American League added two new teams for the 1961 season–the Los Angeles Angels and a new Washington Senators team. However, the new Senators were considered an expansion team since the Twins retained the old Senators' records and history; the Senators and Angels began to fill their rosters with American League players in an expansion draft.
The team played the 1961 season at old Griffith Stadium before moving to the new District of Columbia Stadium under a 10-year lease. For most of their existence, the new Senators were the definition of futility, losing an average of 90 games a season; the team's struggles led to a twist on a joke about the old Senators: "Washington: first in war, first in peace and still last in the American League." Their only winning season was in 1969 when Hall of Famer Ted Williams managed the club to an 86–76 record, placing fourth in the AL East. Frank Howard, an outfielder/first baseman from 1965 to 1972 known for his towering home runs, was the team's most accomplished player, winning two home run titles. Ownership changed hands several times during the franchise's stay in Washington and was plagued by poor decision-making and planning. Following their brief success in 1969, owner Bob Short was forced to make many questionable trades to lower the debt he had incurred to pay for the team. By the end of the 1970 campaign, Short had issued an ultimatum: unless someone was willing to buy the Senators for $12 million, he would not renew the stadium lease and would move the team elsewhere.
Short was receptive to an offer brought up by Arlington, mayor Tom Vandergriff, trying to obtain a major league sports team to play in the Metroplex for over a decade. Years earlier, Charles O. Finley, the owner of the Kansas City Athletics, sought to relocate his baseball team to Dallas, but the idea was rebuffed and declined by the other AL team owners. Arlington's hole card was Turnpike Stadium, a 10,000-seat park, built in 1965 to house the Double-A Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs of the Texas League. However, it had been built to MLB specifications, only minor excavations would be necessary to expand the park to accommodate major league crowds. Vandergriff's offer of a multimillion-dollar down payment prompted Short to make the move to Arlington. On September 21, 1971, by a vote of 10 to 2, American League owners granted approval to move the franchise to Arlington for the 1972 season. Senators fans were livid. Enmity came to a head at the club's last game in Washington. Thousands of fans walked in without paying after the security guards left early, swelling the paid attendance of 14,460 to around 25,000, while fans unfurled a banner reading "SHORT STINKS".
With the Senators leading 7–5 and two outs in the top of the ninth inning, several hundred youths stormed the field, raiding it for souvenirs. One man ran off with it. With no security in sight and only three bases, umpire crew chief Jim Honochick forfeited the game to the New York Yankees; the nation's capital went with out Major League Baseball for 33 years until the relocation of the National League's Montreal Expos who became the Washington Nationals. Prior to the 1972 season, improvements were made to Turnpike Stadium, which reopened as Arlington Stadium, in preparation for the inaugural season of the Texas Rangers; the team played its first game on April 15, 1972, a 1–0 loss at the hands of the California Angels, their 1961 expansion cousins. The next day, the Rangers defeated 5 -- 1, for the club's first victory. In 1974, the Rangers experienced their first winning season after finishing last in both 1972 and 1973. Under the ownership of Brad Corbett, they finished second in the American League West with an 84–76 record, behind the eventual World Series champion Oakland Athletics.
The 1974 Rangers are still the only MLB team to finish above.500 after two consecutive 1
Jeffrey Braden Francoeur, nicknamed "Frenchy", is an American former professional baseball right fielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. Francoeur is noted for his strong throwing arm in the outfield and his free-swinging tendencies in the batter's box, he won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2007. Francoeur was selected by the Braves in the first round of the June 2002 amateur draft. A 4-star Defensive Back committed to Clemson, he chose to forego college to play baseball. After the draft, Francoeur was assigned to the team's advanced Rookie League club in Danville, where he played 38 games and hit.327 with 8 home runs and 31 RBIs. Francoeur advanced through the Braves minor league system, playing for Rome in 2003, Myrtle Beach and Greenville in 2004, Mississippi in 2005. Francoeur was a member of the Rome Braves inaugural season team which went on to win the 2003 South Atlantic League Championship.
He led that team in home runs with 14. In 2004, Francoeur was named the top prospect in the Braves organization by Baseball America, he was a member of the Carolina League regular postseason All-Star team. In 2005, he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game before getting called up by Atlanta. In March 2014, after he was released by the Cleveland Indians, Francoeur signed with the San Diego Padres and was sent to the El Paso Chihuahuas in Triple A. Francoeur's new teammates played an elaborate month-long prank on him by convincing him that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf. Reyes cooperated with the prank, maintaining the appearance of being deaf by not speaking or listening to music. Chihuahuas first baseman/outfielder Cody Decker made a short film about the prank. Sportswriter Peter Gammons called Decker "My new favorite person." Francoeur was promoted by Atlanta on July 6, 2005. He was part of a group of rookie players, nicknamed the "Baby Braves", that Atlanta called up from its minor league system during the 2005 season.
Francoeur made his Major League debut the following day when he started in right field against the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a double header. In the bottom of the eighth inning he hit a 3-run homer to his first Major League hit. Francoeur is famous for his promise at the beginning of his career: he made the cover of the edition of August 26, 2005 of Sports Illustrated, who dubbed him "The Natural" after he hit.360 with a 1.067 OPS in his first 37 games. Francoeur finished the season batting.300 /.336 / with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs. During his rookie season he garnered a reputation as a free swinging fastball hitter, with his first walk not coming until his 128th plate appearance. On defense, Francoeur became known for having a strong and accurate arm, finishing the season with 13 outfield assists despite playing less than half the season, he finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting while garnering the most second place votes. Francoeur hit.260 with 103 RBIs in his first full season in the majors.
He became just the fourth Brave to play in all 162 games of a season, joining Félix Millán, Dale Murphy and Andruw Jones. Francoeur was ejected for the first time in his career on July 16, 2006. On May 13, 2006, Francoeur hit a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals, the first walk-off home run and grand slam of his career. In his second full season in 2007, Francoeur batted.293 with 105 RBIs. Francoeur displayed talent on the defensive side of the field, leading the league in outfield assists with 19 while earning his first career Gold Glove. Francoeur played in all 162 games for the second consecutive season, he was ejected for the second time in his career on July 16, 2007 one year to the day of his first ejection. On April 12, 2008 Francoeur went 3 for 5 against the Washington Nationals including two home runs and a career high seven RBIs, he compiled a streak of 370 consecutive games played before sitting out the second game of a doubleheader on May 20, 2008. On May 22, 2008 Francoeur went 3 for 4 against the New York Mets with an RBI triple, an RBI single, a two-run home run, finishing a double short of a cycle.
After weeks of being mired in the worst slump of his career, Braves management optioned Francoeur to Double-A Mississippi on July 4, 2008 to work with his old hitting coach Phillip Wellman and refine his swing away from the pressurized major league setting. Francoeur had posted a line of.234 /.287 /. Francoeur was recalled on July 7, 2008, after only three days in the minors because of the rash of injuries suffered by the Braves over the holiday weekend, his slump continued after his return to the majors. On July 10, 2009, Francoeur was traded to the New York Mets for outfielder Ryan Church, he notched two RBIs in his first at bat. He finished the day going 2–4 with two RBIs, a strikeout, was caught stealing once. On July 20, Francoeur hit his first home run as a Met off Washington Nationals pitcher Logan Kensing during the ninth inning of that game. On August 23, 2009, Francoeur became the second player in major league history to hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play, he hit a line drive directly to second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Francoeur re-signed with the Mets for 2010. After being the Mets' starting right fielder for the first half of the 2010 season, Francoeur was replaced by Ángel Pagán to make room for the return of Carlos Beltrán in the second
Victor M. Rojas is an American baseball broadcaster the TV voice of the Los Angeles Angels. Rojas is the son of manager Cookie Rojas. Born in Miami and raised in Overland Park, Rojas attended and played college baseball as a pitcher at Piedmont College Demorest, Georgia. Rojas played college baseball as a pitcher and catcher at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert and Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, he pitched in the California Angels minor league system in the early 1990s and participated in "Replacement player" spring training games in 1995 for the Toronto Blue Jays. 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. Rojas was a radio and television announcer for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League for two years, 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.
He moved up to the radio booth for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. He joined the Rangers in 2004. 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 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, he has appeared on ESPN. 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. Along with Hot Stove, he appeared on the network's signature nightly studio program. Rojas called play-by-play for some of MLB Network's Thursday Night Baseball telecasts. 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.
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. "Oppo taco": opposite field home run "Three-Run Jimmy Jack": Three run home run by the Rangers "Forget about it. Big fly for ": 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:"Drive home safely!": When the Angels have a walk-off win. "Grand Salami Time!": When the Angels hit a grand slam. He is married with three children Brianna and Tyler, his father Cookie was an MLB player for 15 seasons and a manager for two, is in broadcasting, he does Spanish TV color commentary for the Miami Marlins. His brother Mike is the manager for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate to the Kansas City Royals
KDFW, virtual channel 4, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Dallas, United States and serving the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Dallas-licensed MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station KDFI; the two stations share studio facilities on North Griffin Street in downtown Dallas. On August 20, 1945, the KRLD Radio Corp. – a subsidiary of the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald newspaper, headed at the time by Times Herald Printing Co. president Tom C. Gooch – filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a license and construction permit to operate a commercial television station on VHF channel 2. On August 22, 1946, one year and two days after it filed for the broadcast license, KRLD Radio Corp. amended its application to instead seek assignment on VHF channel 4. The FCC Broadcast Bureau granted the license to the Times Herald on September 13, 1946; the newspaper chose to assign KRLD-TV for use as the television station's call letters.
The station began test broadcasts on November 21, 1949. Channel 4 signed on the air, as KRLD-TV, two weeks on December 3, 1949 at 12:30 p.m. with a short inaugural program featuring speeches from Gooch and KRLD-AM-TV managing director Clyde Rembert dedicating the station's launch, followed by a broadcast of the CBS game show It Pays to Be Ignorant. The first local program aired on the station that day was a college football game in which the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Southern Methodist Mustangs, 27-20. KRLD-TV was the third television station to sign on in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and the second to be licensed to Dallas, following Dallas-based KBTV, which launched three months earlier on September 17, it was the fourth Texas-based television station to be granted a license by the FCC. Channel 4 carried programming from CBS, an affiliation that KRLD-TV inherited through the CBS Radio Network's longtime relationship with KRLD, which became the first radio station in Texas to affiliate with the television network's radio predecessor in 1927.
The station broadcast for 4½ hours each weekday and for four hours per day on Saturdays and Saturdays. Among the local programs on channel 4 in its early years included O. Kay! Mr. Munn and Confessions; the station operated from studio facilities located inside the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. The building—which housed KRLD radio's facilities at the time—was used on a temporary basis until a permanent broadcast facility under construction within the Times Herald's Herald Square building was completed; the tower that transmitted its signal was based on the studio grounds. The station's 586-foot transmission tower was located on San Jacinto Avenue. By 1954, KRLD-TV expanded its broadcast day to an 18-hour daily schedule. In May 1955, the station began construction of a new 1,521-foot -tall tower in Cedar Hill. At the time of its completion in October 1955, the structure was considered to be the tallest television broadcast tower in the world. KRLD-TV served as the home base for CBS' network coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, when suspect Lee Harvey Oswald (from an up