The New York Mets announced Wednesday that the club will name the radio booth in Spanish at Citi Field in honor of the Puerto Rican. Juan Alicea.
Alicea joined the organization in April 1969 and has served in a variety of capacities, including recruiting and community relations before finding her home in the Spanish broadcast booth in 1982, where she has been ever since.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored,” Alicea said. “The Mets have been my family for more than 50 years. It is very special to be remembered forever.”
Alicea has been behind the microphone for more than 4,000 Mets games, including when she was the lead voice on the Spanish International Network during the 1986 postseason broadcast throughout the United States and Latin America. That year, the Queens team won their second World Series.
“Juan Alicea was an innovator and pioneer in the field of Spanish-language broadcasting,” said Mets President Sandy Alderson.
“He is recognized and respected throughout the industry. Juan is an extraordinary broadcaster. He played an instrumental role in creating Hispanic marketing, promotions and community events for the franchise. Juan has been a tremendously valued member of the Mets family.” Alderson added.
Alicea, 83, discovered Lee Mazzilli and Nino Espinosa, who played for the Mets, before becoming involved in marketing and recognizing Hispanic stars such as Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Pérez and Sammy Sosa, when they arrived at Shea. , the former home of the Mets.
“Juan has been a legendary figure in the broadcasts of the Spanish Mets,” said Tim Scheld, WCBS 880 Director of News and Programs. honor”.
The Mets’ English radio booth was named after Bob Murphy on August 17, 2002 and the television booth after Ralph Kiner on the same day.