TORONTOBroadcaster Buck Martinez was diagnosed with cancer. He will soon be leaving the broadcast booth.
Martinez stated that Sunday's game against The Defiant was scheduled for Sunday.He would be his final for “a while”, as he begins weeks-long treatment for cancer.
Martinez expressed gratitude for Martinez's medical team who gave him great hope that he would be able to help him. “I hope to be reunited with my Sportsnet teammates for this stretch run later in the season, but I will continue to watch from the sidelines while I fight the good battle.”
Martinez has been associated the Blue Jays' since 1981, when Martinez began a six year stint as the team's catcher. He was a big leaguer in Toronto, Kansas City, and Milwaukee for 17 seasons.
He was hired to manage Blue Jays in 2001, but was fired midway through the second season after compiling an impressive 100-115 record.
Martinez started his broadcasting career in 1987 as a color commentator for Blue Jays games on TSN. He's also worked at ESPN, TBS, and the. He joined Sportsnet's Blue Jays TV crew in 2010.
Mark Shapiro was the president and CEO of the team and called Martinez a friend and fixture in Canadian baseball.
Shapiro stated in a statement that “we have no doubt Buck will face this road ahead with courage and determination, as well as his signature positivity,”
“We look forwards to seeing him again at the ballpark as well as on the broadcast.”