One of the best memories for me in the playoffs was having my dad in the booth as a fan, cheering the Angels on, and to see how happy he was for Mike Scioscia.
In Guest’s Corner; Angels, Fox West and MLB Network broadcasting guru, José Mota, provides insight into his career, talks former Angels Hall of Fame hopefuls and gives tips to UK baseball players.
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- Why Are You An Angels Fan?
After starting my broadcast career for Fox Sports in 1997, I was thrilled when the Angels gave me the opportunity to become a Major League broadcaster in 2002. Regardless of my strong ties to the Dodgers, for which I am totally thankful, my ultimate goal was to become a broadcaster for a franchise, bottom line. I actually got my first ever chance to broadcast for a big league team with the Dodgers, as I sat in to replace a great mentor, Hall of Famer, Jaime Jarrin, on Dodgers Spanish radio. Jaime and his beautiful family took a long-awaited vacation one season and he and the team called me in to work with his great partner back then, Pepe Yñiguez. But the Angels truly opened a door that I feel so blessed to have walked into, considering the many platforms I’ve been exposed to, and they’ve given me the opportunity to broadcast to the Latinos and to the English-speaking fans. I absolutely love the Angels fan base, as they have welcomed me into their homes now for 19 years. You rock!
My dad [baseball legend Manny Mota] has always been very proud of how good the Dodgers teams were that he was an integral part of, and very thankful for the opportunities to be part of World Series winners; he knew what it took to build and to prepare a champion. As for me… Talk about timing… I was fortunate and blessed enough to join the Angels in Spanish radio to enjoy the magical ride in 2002; what a season! Along with myself, also joining were Terry Smith and Rory Markas (RIP) as the new English-radio team. It was so wonderful to join Iván Lara, my new broadcast partner, such a great organization and a wonderful team. I felt right at home immediately after being hired by the Disney group, as I had been friends with Tim Mead (then the VP Communications, current president of the Baseball HOF) one of the best ambassadors this game has ever had, and a team that was managed by another old friend in Mike Scioscia. I met Mike when I was 15, when he played Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic for Licey. Along with him, many of the team’s coaches I had also met as a youngster. My father was very influential in me understanding the ups and downs of a long, winding MLB season, as as he always says “don’t get too high or don’t get too low” as you ride the wave. He saw the talent of that team and he was very optimistic that with Scioscia, Bill Stoneman as the GM, the coaches, and the hunger, that the team was going to be capable of doing great things… and he was right. One of the best memories for me in the playoffs was having my dad in the booth as a fan, cheering the Angels on, and to see how happy he was for Mike Scioscia.
Believe in the dream and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing what you love and believe in. There is no substitute for diligent work, for applying yourself, for having a drive to succeed, and for the discipline needed to get there.
Talking of great teams and players from the Angel’s past, it would mean the world and more for a country like Venezuela to see another great player represent them in Cooperstown. For the beautiful people from that beloved Latin corner, I will hold on to the hope that Bobby Abreu will get votes to escalate in the near future. In a fair world, there’s no doubt he’d be in the Hall of Fame. Bobby was a dynamic player, with multiple tools, which he knew how to utilize to make himself a force to help his team accomplish success on the field. Plus Bobby has always been a first-class citizen and truly deserves it! Similarly, Torii Hunter, a great friend, as is Bobby, the numbers, longevity, leadership are all there to make it to Cooperstown. The question becomes which players he comes closer to in terms of comparisons. I’d love to see them both get in, as they are outstanding fellas, humble, and giving. Both have helped me become a better broadcaster.
If I could give any advice to young UK baseball players, and players across the Commonwealth who represent the Great Britain team and their nations, is to believe in the dream and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing what you love and believe in. There is no substitute for diligent work, for applying yourself, for having a drive to succeed, and for the discipline needed to get there. Practice, practice, and practice more. Use tools like social media, the internet, YouTube, and specialized platforms that can teach you the game from the basic fundamentals. Watch the great players, watch the average players and know that there’s something to be learned from those that play or have played at the highest level. Be patient as your skills develop, and know that in baseball there’s a lot of failure, which will eventually serve the young player to build perseverance and to always find ways to improve. Think LIMITLESS.
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