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Hoffarth on the media: Fox Deportes’ Nichols fills important role in 2017 Serie Mundial

By in Press Enterprise on October 29, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

Let’s assume Rolando Nichols isn’t going to be mistaken for Joe Buck. And then take what happened outside of Minute Maid Park in Houston before Friday’s Game 3 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Astros as reinforcement of that assumption.

Nichols, the Fox Deportes play-by-play man was about to head into the park to start his broadcasting day with game analyst Carlos Alvarez when a fan approached them asking for free tickets.

Not because the guy recognized them as broadcasters. He thought these two in their suits and ties were umpires.

If Nichols couldn’t have had a laugh about it, he wouldn’t have posted the story on his Twitter and Instagram account.

No mistaking the fact Nichols fills an important role in the 2017 Serie Mundial coverage. The 42-year-old living with his family in Manhattan Beach may be better recognized the Latino community as a longtime Univision news anchor is calling his third MLB championship for Deportes, but he’s back in baseball after doing the 2009 and ’10 seasons as the Angels’ Spanish-language radio play-by-play man.

His childhood ties are to the Dodgers, growing up in Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico near the Arizona border, listening to Jaime Jarrin call Fernando Valenzuela’s games while knowing the left-hander was from the same state in the town of Etchohuaquila.

His professional baseball broadcasting ties go to the Astros, having started as a Spanish-language play-by-play man for the franchise’s Triple-A Tucson Toros, once calling a game of theirs in the Houston Astrodome.

His current ties are a connection to a Latino/Hispanic community that knows its beisbol.

“You cannot underestimate their knowledge, which I think really makes us all perform at the highest level,” Nichols said Saturday morning before Game 4.

“It’s a huge responsibility we take very seriously. It’s not just bilingual families, but multi-generational – […]    

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