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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jose Mota, All Star Announcer - 516

For a more-in-depth feature on Jose Mota from July 2011, click here: Jose Mota, Special Day

The 2007 All Star Game in San Francisco marked Jose Mota's fifth, not as a player, but as a broadcaster. He'll more than likely notch another All Star Game this summer when the team he broadcasts for, the Angels, hosts 81st Mid-Summer Classic in Anaheim.

The son of long-time Dodger Manny Mota and brother of fellow CMC setter Andy Mota, Jose Mota was drafted by the White Sox in the second round of the 1985 draft. He would make stops in the Rangers, Dodgers and Athletics organizations before landing with the Padres and the Las Vegas Stars for 1990.

It was with the Padres that Mota made the majors, for 17 games in 1991. He went on to the Royals, upping his career game total to 19 in 1995. He also tried his hand at replacement ball that spring. He played one more season at AAA Omaha before retiring as a player.

But his career in baseball would be far from over. He worked for Fox' Game of the Week, providing Spanish announcing in 1997. In 2002, he joined the Angels' broadcast booth in time for their championship season. With the Angels, he has worked both the Spanish radio broadcasts and the English television games. He can often be heard in games with his signature calls "Raht neow!" for enthusiasm and pronouncing player names with an exaggerated accent.

For the 2007 All Star Game, he worked the American League dugout for Fox.

"This is a great honor," Mota told of his 2007 All Star Game work. "The All-Star Game has great meaning, especially being in San Francisco, where my dad started his career with the Giants."

Mota has also had some movie work. He is the second member of the CMC set to have a role in the 1999 Kevin Costner movie For the Love of the Game.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 30/880 - 3.4%
Major Leaguers: 15 - 50%
Never Made the Majors: 15 - 50%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 6
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 9

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