Angels' Mike Trout, Dodgers' Jaime Jarrín are MLB voices of 'Opening Day at home'

Bill Shaikin
LA Times
Angels outfielder Mike Trout poses for a portrait during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb. 18. <span class="copyright">(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Angels outfielder Mike Trout poses for a portrait during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb. 18. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)



Angels outfielder Mike Trout might not get to be a face of baseball Thursday, but he does get to be a voice of baseball.

With the start of the 2020 season indefinitely delayed because of the coronavirus crisis, Major League Baseball turned to Trout to narrate a spot released nationally Thursday morning. The 60-second spot, which opens with a panoramic view of Dodger Stadium and includes glimpses of openers in years past, acknowledges that this year is different.

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"Opening Day may be postponed," Trout says, "but unity, hope, and community don't have to be."

Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, whose 62-year tenure with the Dodgers is the longest of any broadcaster with any MLB team, lent his voice to a similar spot in Spanish.

In the absence of live broadcasts, MLB is offering a package of replays it calls "Opening Day at home." Included are Trout's five-hit game at Yankee Stadium in 2018 (YouTube, 9 a.m. PDT), Clayton Kershaw's 2013 Opening Day shutout of the San Francisco Giants (1 p.m. PDT, MLB Network), and Kershaw's 2014 no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies (6 p.m. PDT, Twitter).

Mike Trout's spot:

Jaime Jarrín's spot:

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