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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

For Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas, a minor league GM job made sense

This time a year ago, Rojas was preparing for his 11th season as the Angels’ play-by-play broadcaster on Fox Sports West. The baseball industry was preparing for a season like any other. Then the novel coronavirus pandemic struck.

It did not strike all parties equally. Players fought, and eventually gained, the right to pro-rated salaries in a 60-game season. Owners reportedly lost money across the board. Behind the scenes, layoffs and furloughs hit team employees of all stripes – scouts, analysts, minor league players. Broadcasters were not exempt from the weirdness of it all.

Looking out into a stadium of empty fans was nothing compared to looking out on the calendar and not knowing what’s next.

“What’s the certainty of Major League Baseball now?” Rojas asked. “As an independent contractor, am I going to get saddled with 60 games again? I didn’t have a guaranteed contract.”

Rojas, who was named President and General Manager of the minor league Frisco RoughRiders on Monday, doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. After signing one-year contracts to return to the Angels’ booth each of the last seven years, Rojas now has a multi-year contract with the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate.

It’s an unusual career move, to say the least.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 13, 2021 at 10:40 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: January 14, 2021 at 03:34 AM (#5999661)
I loved Rojas as a broadcaster. He was smart and funny. He was insightful and willing to learn. His catch phrases were...just okay, but he called a great game otherwise. He had great rapport with Mark Gubicza, who is an incredibly nice human being, but as a color commentator is just your typical ex-player. Rojas got the best out of Gubi.

I know Rojas interviewed for the Angels GM opening, and though he had little chance to get it, I applaud him for trying. And honestly, I think he would have been an interesting hire. I wish him the best as he moves on. I'll miss him on the broadcasts.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 14, 2021 at 08:02 AM (#5999667)
I figure it's even money the minors won't play at all in 2021.

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