Angels hire Rojas as TV announcer

The Angels and Fox announced Wednesday that Victor Rojas will succeed Rory Markas as the team's television play-by-play voice.

Rojas, 42, was working as the studio host for the MLB Network. He will be teamed with analyst Mark Gubicza, a former major league pitcher. Markas was 54 when he died in January.

Rojas' was a broadcaster with the Texas Rangers until 2008. He was a minor league pitcher in the Angels' organization and is the son of ex-major leaguer Cookie Rojas.

"While I'm thrilled to be joining such an incredible organization, it's difficult to focus on my feelings knowing that the position was available because of the untimely passing of a wonderful person and broadcaster," Rojas said in a statement.

The Angels and Fox opted not to renew the contracts of analyst Rex Hudler and play-by-play man Steve Physioc last November. Terry Smith and Jose Mota will handle radio broadcasts.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.