Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays may be listening to play-by-play announcer Buck Martinez’s voice for a while on Sunday as the baseball legend retires to begin cancer treatment.
In a statement, Martinez said he would begin treatment “in the coming weeks” and that his last game would be “for a while” at the booth that Sunday.
The Blue Jays will play the Auckland Athletics at the Rogers Center in Toronto on Sunday afternoon.
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“I have been honored and privileged to have the support of Blue Jays fans, colleagues, staff and players since I came here in 1981, and the continued support through this subsequent challenge means the world to me,” Martinez wrote.
Martinez has played 17 seasons of Major League Baseball, having played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Blue Jays. He ran the Blueprint briefly between 2001 and 2002.
Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted his support for the broadcaster. “Let’s all rally behind Buck Martinez because he’s fighting cancer,” he said.
Let’s all rally behind Buck Martinez because he’s fighting cancer! He has become much more than the former @ Blue Jays Players, managers and broadcasters after all these decades. Let’s make sure she feels love !! # Blue Jays # Buckmartinez
– John Tory (oJohnTory) April 17, 2022
Blue Jess CEO Mark Shapiro also offered his support in a statement. “We have no doubt that Buck will face the road ahead with courage, determination and his signature positivity,” he said.
“I hope to rejoin my SportSnet teammates for a stretch run later this season, but in the meantime, I’ll be on the sidelines for a good fight,” Martinez wrote.
Martinez said his medical team had assured him he would come out of treatment “with flying colors”.
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