Los Angeles Angels Spanish broadcaster Jose Mota (left) and author Amaury Pi Gonzalez (right) in the Angels TV booth at Angels Stadium (file photo from Amaury Pi Gonzalez)
José Mota and the LA Angels Making History
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
José Mota longtime baseball sportscaster with the LA Angels is the first Latino and former major league player to broadcast for a major league team full-time English language. Starting this season José Mota and Marc Gubicza will alternate as Analyst with veteran Matt Vasgersian and Darren Sutton who will handle the play by play on the LA Angels television network.
With the departure of longtime Angels play by play man Victor Rojas, who took a new job as General Manager of the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate starting 2021, the Angels hired Matt Vasgersian, well known baseball man from national television, born in Oakland and raised in Moraga, while Daron Sutton returns to the Angels organization in 2021 as a television play-by-play broadcaster.
He previously called Angels games on the radio during the 2000-01. In essence the Angels have revamped their television talent and now have a two-broadcast team. José Mota has worked for the Angels for two decades.
Until 2020 he was handling all the pre and post game shows on Angels television. José is one of three brothers, all sons of former great LA Dodgers Manny Mota. For seven seasons José handled analysis as I did the play by play for the LA Angels Fox Sports Network Spanish telecast.
In 2007 we both worked for the Angels radio station in Spanish KLAA 830AM(now their English flagship station), a 50,000 watts powerhouse, during all 162-regular season games, home and away traveling with the team.
During the 1990’s José played for the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals. Personally, José is as knowledgeable as anybody I have worked with. Straight forward, honest very intelligent and verse in the game of baseball, raised from the LA Dodgers dugout by his father Manuel (Manny) Mota.
A truly great move by the LA Angels, a classy organization, who treats their people with respect and much professionalism. Congratulations to all of them, but especially to my good friend José Mota. Felicidades José.
Stay well and stay tuned.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead Spanish play by play announcer on flagship station 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com