2017 marks Waltz's 13th year as the television play-by-play voice of the Marlins on Fox Sports Florida's Emmy Award Winning coverage. This is his 24th consecutive year covering Major League Baseball. This Spring, Rich served as one of MLB Network's primary voices of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. It was Waltz's third WBC assignment. In 2009 and 2013 (Puerto Rico and Japan) he called some of the WBC's biggest upsets.
From 2012-2014 Waltz was part of Fox's Saturday MLB package. His baseball experience also includes MLB Network's coverage of Thursday Night Baseball, ESPN, ESPN Radio, and FX. Prior to joining FOX Sports Florida, Waltz served as the fill-in announcer and pregame host for the Seattle Mariners television and radio networks. In 2000, he served as the fill-in voice of the Toronto Blue Jays on CBC across Canada. His minor league stops included Spokane, Wichita, and Las Vegas.
This past Winter Waltz again called College Basketball for CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, and FS1. It was also his third season of College Football for CBS Sports Network. His College Basketball spans every major conference for the ACC Network, Pac-12 Network, Fox Sports, Raycom Sports, ESPN, ESPN Regional and Turner Sports. From 2010 through 2012 Rich was the voice for the ACC Football Game of the Week and SEC Saturday Night Football for Fox Sports Net.
From 1997-2002, Waltz called College Football for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC in the Big Ten, SEC and ACC conferences; including many Bowl and Championship Games. Waltz's ESPN assignments also included: Major League Baseball, NCAA Basketball, Arena Football, NCAA College Softball World Series, Little League World Series Regional Finals, and Major League Soccer. His football experience also includes NFL Europe for Fox, Pac-10 Football for FSN, the Big Sky Game of the Week and NFL Preseason games for the Seattle Seahawks. As well, Waltz has called ATP and WTA Tennis events for Tennis Channel and IMG.
In 2006, Waltz helped create and organize the Fox Sports Fantasy Auction, which in eleven years has raised a million dollars for the Marlins Foundation. In 2008, he was honored by the Marlins with their Community Service Award.
Raised in Martinez, Calif., Rich was a starting infielder on two conference championship teams at the University of California-Davis. Waltz resides in both South Florida and Issaquah, WA with his wife and two daughters.
Minervini is in his 16th season as pre/postgame host and in-game reporter for Marlins games on FOX Sports Florida, garnering his first Emmy Award in 2013. He has handled play-by-play for select Marlins games on TV/radio as well.
A baseball and hockey buff, Craig is also pre/postgame host for Florida Panthers (NHL) games, finishing his 10th season on FS Florida in 2016-17. He also filled in as TV Host on Miami Heat (NBA) games in 2016-17. In 2010, Craig was the national play-by-play voice for the United Football League (UFL) games on Versus.
Before joining FOX Sports Florida, Minervini spent seven years with WTVJ-NBC 6 in Miami as a sports anchor/reporter. He anchored sports on WNBC-TV (NY) in 2004.
Minervini's extensive television broadcasting experience includes a wide variety of assignments such as play-by-play voice for NBC Sports (Notre Dame football), CBS Sports Spectacular, ESPN (college football, baseball and Roller Hockey International), Major League Soccer, XFL Football, boxing and mixed martial arts' events.
Minervini's latest Hollywood stint includes a special appearance in Kevin James' blockbuster movie "Here Comes the Boom".
Early in his career, his first entrance on the national stage came as a TV broadcaster for World Wrestling Federation (WWF) events, as "Craig DeGeorge".
Minervini earned a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University where he called Orange football, basketball, lacrosse and soccer while handling AAA Syracuse Chiefs baseball.
A native of Huntington, Long Island (NY), Minervini has two sons, Chase and Maxwell, and a daughter, Spencer.
Jeff Conine returns for his seventh season as a Marlins television pre and postgame analyst on FOX Sports Florida in 2015. In addition to his pre and postgame duties, Conine will serve as a color analyst for select games throughout the season. The former Marlins outfielder also has duties in the front office, serving as a special assistant to team president David Samson.
Conine, a valuable member of both Marlins' World Series Championship teams in 1997 and 2003, enjoyed a 17-year Major League career finishing with a total of 1,982 hits, 385 doubles, 214 home runs, 1,071 RBI and a .285 batting average in 2,024 games.
A two-time All-Star (1994-95), Conine was twice named the Marlins' MVP by the South Florida Chapter of the BBWAA (1994-95) and was the MVP of the 1995 MLB All-Star Game. For his Marlins career, "Mr. Marlin" hit .290 and ranks among the all-time Marlins leaders in games (1,014 -2nd), hits (1,005 -2nd), RBI (553 -2nd), at-bats (3,471 -3rd) and home runs (120 -7th). He also hit six grand slams as a Marlin, more than any other player. He was the Opening Day left fielder in their Inaugural Game in 1993, going 4x4 with the first stolen base in Club history.
Among his career highlights, he carried a .304 average in 32 postseason games, all with the Marlins. In addition to his MVP honors with the Club, he also earned the award with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. He garnered AL Player of the Week honors for May 27-June 2, 2002, after posting a .375 average with five home runs, nine RBI and 26 total bases. In 1995, he earned the NL Player of the Month for June, batting .340 with six doubles, nine home runs and 24 RBI. Conine was named to TOPPS and Baseball America's All-Rookie teams in 1993 and was the 1990 Southern League Most Valuable Player, the Royals' Minor League Player of the Year and a double-A All-Star as voted by TOPPS and Baseball America.
After retiring from baseball, Conine successfully completed the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship, becoming the first former Major Leaguer to finish the endurance race. Currently, Conine also serves as a Special Assistant to the President.
Born in Tacoma, WA, Conine and his family, wife Cindy, daughter Sierra and sons Griffin and Tucker, reside in South Florida. The family has been active in the South Florida community since his arrival in 1993, including founding the Conine All-Star Classic, an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
Jessica Blaylock enters her third season covering Marlins baseball for Fox Sports Florida. Blaylock will serve as the in-game reporter on Marlins' television broadcasts this season, as well as host of select "Inside the Marlins" episodes.
Prior to joining Marlins coverage, Blaylock served as a radio host and reporter for 1010XL in Jacksonville. She was the Jaguars beat reporter, and an active contributor on the Frank Frangie Show with Rick Ballou, as well as hosting her own evening show. She also covered the Players Championship and other various sporting events in the Jacksonville area.
From 2006 to 2011, she worked for ESPN as an operations producer for college football, college basketball and NASCAR. Blaylock originally joined FOX Sports Florida in 2010, covering five seasons of Orlando Magic basketball, as well as high school football and basketball. She has also contributed both Jaguars and high school football features for CSS.
A Jacksonville, Fla. native, Blaylock attended the University of Florida where she received a B.A. in Telecommunications and a B.A. in history.
Raul Striker, Jr. begins his 15th year as the Marlins play-by-play secondary audio programming television announcer. Striker, Jr. has called all Marlins home games since 2003 on SAP.
In addition, Striker, Jr. currently serves as the Miami Dolphins (NFL) football Spanish-language play-by-play announcer and as a regular voice of the NFL, calling games of the week, the NFL playoffs, Pro Bowls and Super Bowls XLVI & XLVII and XLIX.
Raul also serves as a sports anchor for Spanish language WLTV23 Univision in Miami.
Striker, Jr. was the Spanish-language television pregame, halftime, and in-game reporter of the Miami Heat (NBA) for the 2005 & 2006 seasons.
The versatile Striker also graduated with a nursing degree from Miami Dade College in 2011 and worked as a registered nurse in the neuroscience wing of Baptist Hospital in Miami. Before joining the Marlins, Striker, Jr. served as anchor/reporter on a variety of sports shows for the Spanish-language television network Telemundo.
Son of renowned Spanish sportscaster Raul Striker, Striker, Jr. has covered sporting events that include the World Series; FIFA World Cups; Sugar, Rose, Fiesta and Orange Bowls; ATP Tennis, PGA Golf Tournaments and NASCAR Races. Striker, Jr. also served as producer/host of Marlins Semanal, the Marlins official Spanish television show during 2003 and 2004.
A native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, Striker, Jr. resides in Miami.
Dave Van Horne enters his 52nd year broadcasting professional baseball, his 49th at the Major League level and his 17th year with the Marlins. In 2011, he was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award in ceremonies at Cooperstown.
His baseball broadcast career began in the International League where he broadcast Richmond Braves games. In 1969, he was named to serve as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for the Montreal Expos games on the English radio network. He spent 32 years as the primary Expos voice on the teams radio and television broadcasts.
During Dave's Major League broadcast career, he's been behind the mic for 13 no hitters, including three perfect games. He also had the opportunity to call the 3000th hits for Willie Mays and Tony Gwynn, also Pete Rose's 1,500th, 3000th and 4,000th hits. He called record breaking strikeouts by Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton. When Andre Dawson hit two home runs in one inning, twice, Dave was behind the microphone. Other career highlights include the Marlins exciting 2003 season, capped by the World Series Championship.
During his years spent in Virginia, he broadcast football, basketball and baseball, becoming a two-time winner of the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award.
In 1996, he was honored with the Jack Graney Award, presented by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for contributions to baseball through broadcasting.
Dave was also the recipient in 2011 of the Career Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada.
In June 2012, he was inducted into the Wilson High School Hall of Fame in his hometown of Easton, PA.
He received the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award in March 2013 at the Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino charity dinner in Miami.
Dave was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June 2014 in ceremonies in St. Mary's, Ontario.
His broadcast partners over the years have included Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Tom Cheek, Buck Martinez, Ken Singleton, Gary Carter, Tommy Hutton and Jon Sciambi. His current partner on Marlins Radio broadcasts is Glenn Geffner.
Dave was born and raised in Easton Pennsylvania. He has been a resident of South Florida since 1982 and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Josee and their daughter Madison. He also has 5 sons and many wonderful grandchildren.
2017 marks Miami native Glenn Geffner's 10th season as a member of the Marlins radio broadcast team, his 21st season in the Major Leagues and his 26th year in professional baseball as a broadcaster and front office executive.
Geffner, who called games for the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres prior to his 2008 return to South Florida, owns the rare distinction of having done baseball play-by-play at every levelâfrom college, to Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A, and the Major Leagues.
Over the years, he has shared the booth with a pair of Baseball Hall of Fame broadcasters, 2011 Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Van Horne with the Marlins and 2005 honoree Jerry Coleman with the Padres. In Boston, Glenn worked alongside Frick Award finalist and Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione.
Geffner began his baseball career as the voice of the Rochester Red Wings of the Triple-A International League. His television work includes handling the play-by-play for the New England Sports Network's coverage of Red Sox Minor League baseball during his time in Boston as well as serving as host and reporter for a variety of Red Sox and Padres programming during his 11 seasons with those clubs.
He has two World Series championship rings (Boston, 2004 and 2007) and a National League championship ring (San Diego, 1998).
Geffner is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. It was at Northwestern where he began his broadcasting career, calling Big Ten baseball, football and basketball for the Wildcats.
Glenn and his wife Christine reside in Weston with their 3 children: Corey, Gregg and Caroline.
Felo Ramírez has been the Spanish "Voice of the Marlins" since the birth of the franchise in 1993. He has called all of the Club's five no-hitters by Al Leiter (1996), Kevin Brown (1997), A.J. Burnett (2001), Anibal Sanchez (2006) and Henderson Alvarez (2013), as well as the 1997 and 2003 championship seasons.
As one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting, Ramírez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on August 5, 2001 as the Ford C. Frick Award winner, a tribute presented each year by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for "major contributions to the game of baseball."
For more than 35 years, he has been the play-by-play voice of professional baseball in Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Ramírez's baseball coverage on CMQ Radio in Habana, Cuba (1953-61), was highly regarded among journalists in Latin America. Felo has been the voice of, all but nine, Caribbean World Series since 1949.
A true pioneer of baseball broadcasting in his native Cuba, Ramírez was the first Hispanic broadcaster to have his narration included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with his call of Hank Aaron's 715th home run, his call of Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit and Don Larsen's perfect game during Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
He has lent his voice to more than 32 World Series and All-Star Games, and was recognized by former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in 1980 for his extensive contribution to promoting baseball in Latin America from the broadcast booth.
Felo Ramírez is also a member of the Puerto Rican National Sports Museum (class of 2004). A life-size statue of Felo was erected during the inaugural event of the National Sports Museum in Guaynabo, PR, commemorating his valuable contributions to the game of baseball. In 2010, Felo was inducted as an honoree member of the Latin American Hall of Fame in the Dominican Republican.
Rafael Ramírez Arias resides in Miami, FL.
Quintana returns for his 16th full season as the Marlins' Spanish play-by-play announcer. Besides radio, Quintana serves as the main sports anchor/producer for WJAN41 AmÃ©rica Teve in Miami.
With more than 30 years of broadcasting experience, Quintana began his career as a journalist writing for several Cuban national sports magazines and newspapers. Over the airwaves, Quintana served as a commentator and play-by-play announcer for the providence of Las Villas' radio network.
Quintana worked for TV Cubana (1980-1993) as a sports commentator and play-by-play announcer for several national and international championships including baseball, volleyball, basketball, and boxing, among other sports.
After acquiring political asylum from the Venezuelan Republic, Quintana worked as sports analyst and play-by-play announcer for Cadena Super Suave as well as serving as the official play-by-play announcer for the "Tigres de Aragua", of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
Quintana was selected by fans as the Most Popular Sports Commentator as well as one of the 10 Most Popular Artists in Cuba. He is also a member of the National Cuban Hall of Fame (Class of 2007) for his contributions to the sports journalism field and was named the Miami Life Awards Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 2008 & 2009. He was awarded the Premio Revista Carteles XXVIII edition as the "Best Sports Announcer in 2016.
Quintana received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sports, with a specialization in baseball from Instituto Superior de Cultura Física. Quintana also served as pitching coach for several baseball national championships in Cuba.
Yiki and his wife, Lizet, reside in Miami, Fla.
Todd Hollandsworth has joined the Marlins on-air talent for the 2017 season on FOX Sports Florida. In his new role, Hollandsworth will serve as the full-time color analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz in the broadcast booth. Hollandsworth, a member of the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins, comes to FOX Sports Florida from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where he spent the past seven seasons as a television analyst covering the Cubs. Since 2014, he's also served as co-host on MLB Network Radio's The Leadoff Spot show on SiriusXM. During the 2008 season, Hollandsworth filled in as Comcast SportsNet's Cubs studio analyst on numerous occasions, in addition to making regular appearances on CSN's weeknight sports discussion program, Chicago Tribune Live.
Hollandsworth played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1991 MLB Draft. In his first full season with the Dodgers in 1996, Hollandsworth was named the National League Rookie of the Year when he hit .291 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 149 games. That season, he led all NL rookies in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and stolen bases. His 12-year MLB career included stints with the Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.