Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez leaves TV booth after cancer diagnosis

Veteran Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez is retiring from the broadcast booth after being diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement released by Sportsnet, Martinez said Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics would be his last for “a while” as he begins weeks of cancer treatment.

Martinez, 73, said he looked forward to rejoining his Sportsnet teammates for the Blue Jays streak later this season.

The veteran broadcaster’s association with the Blue Jays dates back to 1981, when he began a five-year stint as one of the team’s catchers. Martinez enjoyed a 17-year major league playing career that also included stops with the Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers.

He was hired as manager of the Blue Jays in 2001, but was fired midway through his second season with the team after compiling a 100-115 record.

Blessed with a silky voice and smooth delivery, Martinez first stepped behind the microphone in 1987 as a color commentator for Blue Jays games on TSN.

He also helped announce games for ESPN, TBS and the Baltimore Orioles, before joining Sportsnet’s Blue Jays television team in 2010.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 17, 2022.

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