Marlins honoring HOF broadcaster Ramirez

93-year-old remains hospitalized in Delaware after fall

Marlins honoring HOF broadcaster Ramirez

MIAMI -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Felo Ramirez, the long-time Spanish-language radio voice of the Marlins, remains in a Delaware hospital recovering from a fall that he sustained during Miami's trip to Philadelphia in late April.

The 93-year-old will be on the minds of all at Marlins Park on Sunday as the club hands out a Felo Ramirez bobblehead giveaway prior to the series finale against the Angels. In Section 29, fans will have the opportunity to sign get well cards and create video messages for Ramirez.

"We're still praying and thinking about him," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas said. "We're hoping for a speedy recovery."

Ramirez, who has been with the Marlins since their inaugural 1993 season, was still traveling with the club. On April 26, he was injured after falling while coming off the team bus.

During that trip, the NFL Draft was going on in Philadelphia, and the Marlins' hotel was in Delaware. Ramirez has been in stable condition at the same hospital since. He has not been cleared to fly.

To all the Marlins players, especially those with Latin heritage, Ramirez has been a legendary voice for more than 70 years.

"When I was in Venezuela growing up, I'd listen to him doing the Caribbean Series," Rojas said. "Knowing Felo now, after coming to Miami, is really special. He's a legend in broadcasting."

Rojas broke in with the Dodgers, and he feels blessed to know two of the giants in the broadcasting industry -- Vin Scully and Ramirez.

Born in Cuba, Ramirez received the Ford C. Frick Award and was recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

"When I came to the Marlins' organization, I was looking forward to meeting him because he's a legend in broadcasting," Rojas said. "I had the opportunity to spend time in L.A. with Vin Scully. Here, in Miami, as a Latin guy, Felo is a legend.

"Even being that old, he brings a lot of energy to the club. When he's around, he's around, he's always smiling and having a good story to tell."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.