2017 marks Ted Leitner's 38th season behind the microphone for "My Padres."
Now in his 40th year broadcasting in San Diego, Leitner is also the voice of San Diego State University Aztecs football and basketball.
Leitner spent 25 years (1978-2002) as sports anchor for KFMB-TV (CBS 8) in San Diego.
Leitner's previous play-by-play credits include the National Football League's San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, the National Basketball Association's San Diego Clippers, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Connecticut.
Leitner studied TV and radio broadcasting at Oklahoma State University and earned his Master's degree in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
A fixture in the San Diego community, he has served as master of ceremonies at several Padres events over the years, including Opening Day ceremonies, the club's annual awards dinner, Padres Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and 2012's Jerry Coleman Day, honoring Coleman's 70 years in baseball.
Leitner has six sons: twins Nicholas and Ryan, Mark, Matthew, Jordan and Teddy, a daughter, Kristin and 3 granddaughters: Scarlett, Cecily & Sofia.
Don Orsillo made his debut as a member of the Padres' broadcast team in 2016, calling games for both television and radio broadcasts. In 2017, he assumes the television play-by-play duties full time.
Orsillo comes to San Diego from Boston, where he spent the past 15 seasons with NESN as the primary play-by-play announcer for the Red Sox. While at NESN, Orsillo also hosted the weekly Red Sox Report, as well as the offseason weekly program Hot Stove Live.
In addition his postseason experience with the Red Sox, Orsillo called MLB Division Series games on TBS from 2007 to 2013.
Orsillo's broadcasting repertoire also includes college basketball and hockey, having called both Boston College basketball games and Hockey East matches on NESN, as well as Providence College basketball games on the Big East Network/ESPN PLUS.
Orsillo's numerous accolades include two Emmy Awards for outstanding play-by-play (2003 and 2004) and two New England Sports Best Play-by-Play awards (2014 and 2015). He was named Massachusetts Sportscaster of the year in 2005.
Through his role with the Red Sox, Orsillo has appeared in a number of motion pictures, including 2013's The Heat, 2010's The Town and 2005's Fever Pitch.
A graduate of Northeastern University, Orsillo began his broadcasting career in minor league baseball, calling games for the Pittsfield Mets (1991-92), Binghamton Mets (1993-95), and Pawtucket Red Sox (1996-2000). He also has previously called minor league hockey (Springfield Indians/Falcons 1991-96).
Orsillo has two daughters: Sydney, 16, and Madison, 14. He now resides in Coronado.
2017 marks Jesse Agler's fourth season as a member of the Padres' broadcast team, his second as a primary voice for Padres radio broadcasts on the club's new FM station 94.9. Agler previously served as the hose of Padres Social Hour, as well as the club's fill-in play-by-play announcer.
Agler joined the Padres front office in February of 2014 as director of content, a role in which he oversaw all club digital and social operations, including the integration of content for padres.com and Padres social media accounts
Having come to San Diego by way of Miami, Agler spent the previous four seasons as the pregame, halftime and postgame host on the Dolphins Radio Network, also calling select preseason games during that time period. In 2013, he did television play-by-play for the Dolphins' preseason games on CBS-4.
In addition to his gameday duties, Agler hosted The Finsiders, the Miami Dolphins' daily multimedia talk show, airing on radio (940-WINZ), Dolphins.com and FOX Sports Florida. He also served as host of the TV show Finsiders Final Drive, which airs weekly on FOX Sports Florida and locally in Miami on the NFL Network.
Agler began his professional career in 2005. His experience includes serving as pregame, halftime and postgame radio host for the then-Florida Marlins, the Florida Panthers and the University of Miami Hurricanes' football and basketball teams. Agler has also previously been the fill-in play-by-play announcer for the Marlins.
A graduate of the University of Miami, Agler's first job was calling baseball games for the Elkhart (KS) Dusters of the Jayhawk League. Agler and his wife, Tovah, reside in San Diego with their son Jonah.
Mark Grant returns to FOX Sports San Diego in 2017 for his 22nd season as color analyst for Padres television broadcasts.
No stranger to San Diego baseball, Grant pitched for the Padres from 1987-90. Originally selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 10th pick in the first round of the 1981 Draft out of Joliet (IL) Catholic High School, he played parts of eight Major League seasons with San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta Seattle, Houston and Colorado. Grant went 22-32 with eight saves and a 4.31 ERA in 233 games (58 starts). He recorded a career-high eight wins and posted a 3.33 ERA for the Padres in 1989.
Grant began his broadcasting career at KFMB Radio in 1994 as a sports anchor and talk show host. After retiring from baseball in 1995, he provided analysis of Prime Sports' Padres broadcasts in 1996, then joined Channel 4 San Diego upon its inception in 1997. In 2012, he was part of the on-air team that helped launch the new regional sports network FOX Sports San Diego.
Grant is active in the community, where he works with the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego and has been associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego since 1987. Additionally, he serves as a spokesperson for St. Madeleine Sophie's Center in El Cajon, a vocational and educational center for developmentally disabled adults.
Grant and his wife, Mary, reside in Alpine with their daughter, Alexis, and two sons, Andrew and Aidan.
Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish-language voice of the Padres, will be calling Padres games for the 31st season in 2017, his 37th year in the broadcasting business. Ortega does play-by-play for both Spanish radio (XEMO) and Spanish television (FOX Deportes) broadcasts.
One of the most highly regarded Spanish-language sports broadcasters in the business, Ortega has broadcast in the postseason since 1993 for various outlets, including CBS Hispanic Radio Network, Cadena Caracol, LBC Radio Network and ESPN Deportes radio.
He has called 16 MLB All-Star Games, 21 World Series and five no-hitters. Milestones Ortega has called include Tony Gwynn's and Ricky Henderson's 3,000th hits, Randy Johnson's 4,000th strikeout, Mark McGwire's 500th homerun, Barry Bonds' 700th and 755th home runs, Trevor Hoffman's breaking of the all-time saves record, Hoffman's 500th career save, and four of San Diego's five division titles.
Ortega handled the play-by-play worldwide telecasts of the Caribbean Series for Galavision and Fox Sports for 11 seasons and was the lead Spanish play-by-play voice for the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
In addition to his time with the Padres, Ortega served one season (1991) as the voice of the San Francisco Giants, four years as play-by-play announcer for the Tijuana Potros of the Mexican-Pacific Winter League, two seasons broadcasting for Tijuana's team in the northern Sonora Double-A Summer League, and one year as the voice of the Cotton Growers of Torreon, in the Mexican Summer League. Since 2005, he has been the radio voice of the Mexicali Aguilas in the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, and starting in 2015, on the national cable television network Megacable.
In 2015, Ortega was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. Prior to that, in 2012, he was inducted into the Tijuana Sports Hall of Fame. He also was honored in 2004 by the Tijuana sports media with a Career Achievement Award, and the Mexican Federation of Sportscasters celebrated his 25th anniversary in broadcasting and his multiple contributions to the industry.
In addition, Ortega was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Tijuana in 1997 and Sports Ambassador of Tijuana by the city's mayor in 1998.
Ortega is a Tijuana native and a long-time San Diego resident.
In 2017, Carlos Hernández enters his sixth season as the main Padres color analyst on FOX Deportes, following a Major League playing career that spanned 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-96), San Diego Padres (1997-2000) and St. Louis Cardinals (2000).
Signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1984, Hernández became the second Venezuelan catcher in MLB history, following Bo Díaz. He made his Major League debut in 1990 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. A highly skilled defensive player, Hernández spent his Dodgers career (1990-96) mainly as a back-up catcher to Mike Scioscia and Mike Piazza, appearing in 230 games, with 133 starts. He signed with the Padres as a free agent and in his first full season as a regular catch for the organization, Hernández batted .262 with 9 home runs and 52 RBI in 129 games played.
Hernández finished his career batting .253 (315-1244) with 24 home runs, 141 RBI, 102 runs, 51 doubles, one triple and one stolen base in 488 games played. In 22 postseason games, he hit .299 (20-67) with one home run and two RBI.
In 2004, Hernández successfully led the Toros de Tijuana to the playoff as manager of the Mexican Summer League team.
Hernández returned to the Padres organization in 2005, serving as the club's catching coordinator until 2007. He served as manager of the prestigious Leones del Caracas Venezuelan Winter League club from 2006-08.