This just in to Fang’s Bites. MLB Network studio host Victor Rojas, the winner of the 1st Ever Fang’s Bites MLB Award for Best Studio Host, announced tonight that he will be leaving the network to join the Anaheim Angels as its TV voice. He’ll be taking the place of Rory Markas who died earlier this year.
Victor will work a full schedule on Fox Sports West and KCOP and join the team in Spring Training.
Victor was the first person to be seen on MLB Network when it launched on January 1, 2009. One of three main anchors for MLB Tonight, Victor leaves a hole at the anchor desk. His place could be taken by Matt Yallof or Hazel Mae, both of whom have hosted Quick Pitch, the fast-paced highlight show that runs on MLB Network on Sunday nights. Or MLB Network could go outside and hire someone to take Victor’s place.
No matter who takes over, that person will have large shoes to fill. Victor has made quite a mark with fans using Twitter to communicate with viewers and he’s also created his own blog. He will definitely be missed.
I’ll give you a previous edition of the Sports Media Weekly podcast from November in which Keith Thibault and I interviewed Victor about his first year at MLB Network.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: Victor’s last show was tonight.