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After cancer diagnosis, Buck Martinez stepping away from Blue Jays’ booth

Jun 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez talks with third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez has been diagnosed with cancer and is taking time off from his job for treatment, he announced Sunday.

A former major league catcher, including six seasons (1981-86) with the Blue Jays, Martinez has been part of the team’s broadcast booth off and on since 1987, and full-time since 2010.

He also managed the Blue Jays to a 110-115 record in the 2001-02 seasons.

“I’ve been so honoured and privileged to have the support of Blue Jays fans, colleagues, staff and players since I arrived here in 1981, and that continued support through this next challenge means the world to me,” the 73-year-old wrote in a statement posted to Twitter by Sportsnet, his employer.

“I’m grateful for a tremendous medical team, who has given me great optimism that I will come through this with flying colours. I hope to rejoin my Sportsnet teammates for the stretch run later this season, but in the meantime I will be watching from the sidelines as I fight the good fight.”

In addition to the Blue Jays, Martinez played for the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers from 1969-86. He hit .225 with 58 home runs and 321 RBIs in 1,049 games.

–Field Level Media