José Mota enters his 20th season with the Angels broadcast team. This season he will serve in a new second analyst role, providing added analysis and commentary during games on a nightly basis, in addition to continuing his role as a TV pre/postgame analyst. He is the first Latin-born former player, to be a full-time broadcaster for a Major League team. Mota also handled the in-game color analyst role for home Spanish television broadcasts during the 2013-17 seasons. From 2010-12 he worked as the English radio analyst, after serving as the play-by-play/analyst for Spanish radio broadcasts the previous eight seasons.
On Aug. 19-20, 2017, Mota handled play-by-play for the Angels radio broadcasts on AM830 and became the first MLB broadcaster to have called play-by-play on a team’s English radio/TV broadcasts and Spanish radio/TV broadcasts, as well as working as a color analyst on both platforms. In 2018, Mota assisted Vladimir Guerrero as the translator during the introductory press conference and media appearances after Guerrero was announced as part of the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Class. Mota translated Guerrero’s speech during the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, becoming the first translator in the HOF ceremony’s history.
He has served as a MLB Network analyst/correspondent; and handled sideline reporter/analyst work for ESPN during the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and on select Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. Additionally, he has been the color analyst and handled play-by-play duties for select national broadcasts for Saturday’s Game of the Week on FOX.
Mota has broadcasted at multiple major events such as the 2006 ALCS (FOX), the 2007 MLB All-Star Game in San Francisco (FOX) and the 2007 MLB Playoffs (TBS). In 2008, he joined Yahoo Sports as a baseball analyst, contributing video features and website articles. He has worked as MLB International’s color analyst for the worldwide broadcast of the World Baseball Classic on multiple occasions.
A bilingual talent, Mota joined the Angels in 2002 after working as a broadcaster for MLB Radio. During the 2001 season, Mota worked as a play-by-play announcer for DirecTV Latin America which provided MLB broadcast coverage to 26 Latin American countries. He has been the featured analyst for MLB Productions’ Sabor a Béisbol, a Spanish-language feature show available to national and international audiences.
From 1997 until his current appointment, Mota served as a color analyst/play-by-play announcer for the FOX baseball “Game of the Week” in Spanish, including MLB playoffs and World Series, and for the “NFL Sunday” football broadcasts. His first-ever MLB broadcast assignment was for the Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish radio in 2001.
A former Major League baseball player with the San Diego Padres (1991) and Kansas City Royals (1995), Mota was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1985. He was a two-time Collegiate All-American second baseman at Cal State Fullerton and owns a bachelors degree in Communications from CSUF. He was the starting second baseman for the 1984 National Champion Titans and was an inductee to the Cal State Fullerton Department of Communications’ Alumni Wall of Fame in 2017. In 1999, Mota made his film debut in Kevin Costner’s Universal Studios release For Love of the Game in which he portrayed Dominican shortstop “José Garcia.” He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
On several occasions, Mota has been honored at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Awards as the winner for best foreign language color commentary for his radio and TV work.
He has served as the first and only full-time bilingual baseball broadcaster, as for many seasons Mota addressed both the Spanish and the English-speaking baseball audiences. Mota was chosen by OC Metro Publications as one of the “Hottest 25” personalities in Orange County for 2007. The Mota family founded the non-profit Mota’s Faces in 2011, which promotes the involvement of American youngsters in assisting impoverished school children and their families in the Dominican Republic.
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mota is the son of Dodger legend Manny Mota. He and his family make their home in the San Gabriel Valley.