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Buck Martinez returns to Blue Jays broadcast booth: ‘It’s terrific to be back’


Buck Martinez thanked his loved ones, broadcast teammates and the baseball local community at big when he returned to the booth for the Toronto Blue Jays’ video game versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

“It is really excellent to be again,” Martinez claimed before thanking his Sportsnet colleagues for their assistance in the course of his combat versus most cancers.

“The followers have been incredible. I have heard from admirers all throughout North America. I want to thank you all for the indicators, the prayers. There is no question all of your great words served me get via this hard time and they assisted me a great deal. I listened to from a whole lot of people also dealing with their personal wellbeing concerns. I hope my journey has helped you cope with individuals encounter on and battle the great combat.”

Martinez stepped away from the position in mid-April following becoming diagnosed with cancer. 

“I would not be sitting below tonight without having the superb help of my household,” Martinez claimed. “My son Casey and his family members and primarily my spouse of 47 yrs, Arlene. From the instant we listened to I experienced cancer, she just claimed ‘we bought this’ and she was right — as she has been for 47 many years.”

A lot of fans had indicators welcoming back Martinez and gamers and employees greeted him on the subject just before the activity.

“We had been all hoping this working day would appear this yr, but we experienced to hold out and see how his remedy was going, and how he was emotion,” engage in-by-play person Dan Shulman told The Canadian Push ahead of the recreation.

“It is awesome. He’s been in Toronto as portion of the franchise for the superior component of 40 many years so it’s fantastic to see him again.”

Martinez’s ties to the Blue Jays date again to 1981 when he began a 6-12 months stint as a person of the team’s catchers. Martinez played 17 several years in Major League Baseball, which include stops with the Kansas Metropolis Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

As soon as he retired from MLB, Martinez commenced a vocation as a broadcaster for many yrs right before returning to the Blue Jays in 2000 as a manager for two seasons.

In 2010, he joined Sportsnet as a broadcaster for the Blue Jays, in which he has ongoing to operate as the two a perform-by-participate in announcer and color commentator.

“That’s the person who taught me every little thing,” said Shulman, gesturing toward Martinez. “I assume for us it’ll be like using a bike after we get up there and get started executing it once again. We have accomplished it so numerous instances collectively.

“Most importantly, I am just pleased that he is healthier, and that he’s healthful plenty of to be back listed here.”

Shulman claimed Martinez watched just about every recreation as he recovered. Shulman included that soon after each match Martinez would text him and fellow broadcaster Pat Tabler his thoughts on how the Blue Jays performed.

— With data files from The Canadian Push

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