Buck Martinez returns for a 4th season in the broadcast booth after returning to the Blue Jays for the first time since managing the club in 2002 The 64 year old brings with him 45 years of baseball experience, including 20 years as a player, 25 years in broadcasting, and two as a manager Beginning in 1967 when he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez spent 20 years as a catcher in professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and his final six seasons with the Blue Jays He appeared in the postseason with Kansas City in 1976, batting .333 in the 5-game ALCS against the New York Yankees Wrote two books about his experiences with the Blue Jays, "From Worst to First" (1985) and "The Last Out" (1986) Among his 12 seasons associated with the Blue Jays, he served as manager for Toronto in 2001 and part of the 2002 season, compiling a 100-115 record In 2006, he managed the United States team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic Martinez' first experience with broadcasting came in 1982, when he covered the American League Championship Series, the World Series and the All-Star Game for the Telemedia Radio Network . His television broadcast career began in 1987 as a color commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays on TSN Began working with ESPN radio and television in 1992, and in 1995, Martinez was awarded a Sports EMMY Award for his work on ESPN's coverage of Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game Worked as a television analyst for the Baltimore Orioles from 2003 -2009 and has also served as a co-host of XM Radio's Baseball This Morning show on the MLB Home Plate channel Martinez also contributed colour commentary for Sunday afternoon games on TBS, as well as for the network's postseason coverage A California native, Martinez attended Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and Central Missouri State University He and his wife, reside in Clearwater, FL They have one son, Casey, a 47th round pick by Toronto in the 2000 First Year Player Draft.
COLOUR COMMENTATOR, ROGERS SPORTSNET
Pat Tabler brings a wealth of experience to Rogers Sportsnet as the network's baseball colour commentator A former major leaguer, Tabler started as a studio analyst on TSN Baseball Tonight in 1993 In 2001, Tabler became the network's full-time analyst on Blue Jays telecasts Tabler, a native of Hamilton, OH, began his Major League career with the Chicago Cubs in 1981 before stops in Cleveland, Kansas City, New York and eventually Toronto where he won a World Series in 1992 An All-Star in 1987, Tabler was perhaps best known to baseball fans as one of the game's greatest career clutch hitters, batting nearly .500 in bases loaded situations Tabler was a first round pick of the New York Yankees in the 1976 free agent draft, and had a career batting average of .282.
HOST, BLUE JAYS CENTRAL
Jamie Campbell got his start in sports broadcasting in 1993 at CBC Edmonton before moving on to CJOH Ottawa in 1997 In 1998, he became one of Sportsnet's original broadcasters and co-hosted the first edition of Sportscentral (now Sportsnet Connected) Has hosted coverage of the Grey Cup, Super Bowl, NHL Draft, MLB All-Star Game and MLB post-season He called play-by-play for the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League from 2002-2003, the CFL on Sportsnet in 2004, and was the play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2005 to 2009 In 2010 at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, millions of Canadians were watching when Campbell announced the country's historic first gold medal won by Alexandre Bilodeau He also called the play-by-play for cycling at London 2012 Now serves as host of the popular Blue Jays Central with analyst Gregg Zaun.
ANALYST, BLUE JAYS CENTRAL
Former Major League Baseball catcher Gregg Zaun's career began in 1989 when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1996, where one year later he helped the team win the World Series After playing for the Texas Rangers, the Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 He quickly became a fan favourite in Toronto, notably becoming the second Blue Jay of all time to hit a walk-off grand slam and the first to do so in extra innings His charisma paired with his deep love of the game earned Zaun a gig as post-season MLB analyst for Sportsnet in 2006 He continued to support Sportsnet's post-season coverage until his retirement from the MLB in 2011 Returns in 2013 for his third season as analyst for Blue Jays Central alongside host Jamie Campbell.
Joining the Sportsnet broadcast team for a second year, Dirk Hayhurst returns as co-host of Baseball Central @ Noon on Sportsnet 590 The FAN A former Major League Baseball pitcher, motivational speaker, and a bestselling author, Hayhurst's career in baseball began when he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the eighth round of the 2003 amateur player draft His eight-year MLB career included time with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays organizations before retiring in 2011 In 2010, he released his first book, The Bullpen Gospels, and was met with a surge of acclaim His follow-up sequel, Out of My League, about Dirk's 40 days and nights as a rookie in the big leagues, was also a bestseller and earned him the title of "best author to wear a baseball uniform" according The New York Times In addition to his success as an author, Hayhurst has also contributed to Sportsnet magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Baseball America and Athletes Quarterly Holds a degree in communication studies from Kent State University where he is also a member of the athletic hall of fame He and his wife currently reside in Hudson, Ohio.
SN590 THE FAN – The Fan Radio Network
Back for his 33rd season as a member of the BLUE JAYS radio team On December 13, 2012, was named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's 2012 Jack Graney Award 66 years old Grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1968 with a degree in Economics Served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, V Corps Headquarters, in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1968 to 1970 On return, attended Hastings Law School in San Francisco where he met his wife, Mary, who is a lawyer Started broadcasting career in 1974 with play-by-play of the Tacoma Twins AAA baseball team and also for the University of Puget Sound's football and basketball teams Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1976 and did the radio play-by-play for the Salt Lake Gulls AAA baseball team for three years Switched to basketball and was the Assistant General Manager and radio broadcaster for the Utah Pros in the Western Basketball Association and later the Group Sales Director for the NBA's Utah Jazz prior to joining KWMS Radio in 1980 Moved to Toronto in 1981 to become one of the Blue Jays radio broadcasters with Tom Cheek Jerry is the Junior Varsity Basketball Coach at Etobicoke Collegiate High School in Toronto He has coached basketball since 1991 He is also active in raising funds for Special Olympics and other charities in Toronto He and his wife Mary have two grown sons, Ben and Joe, and reside in Toronto all year round.
ANALYST AND BASEBALL CENTRAL
A familiar face is returning to Toronto this 2013 MLB season, as former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris returns to the city where he won two World Series titles as Sportsnet's newest Blue Jays analyst. Morris will provide analysis for Sportsnet 590 The FAN's Blue Jays radio broadcasts, and will also make appearances on Sportsnet's Blue Jays game telecasts, Blue Jays Central, Blue Jays Central at Noon and sportsnet.ca. Morris was drafted in 1976 by the Detroit Tigers and played in 18 big league seasons with five different teams. Best known for his devastating forkball, the right-handed pitcher won four World Series titles with three different teams ('84 Tigers, '91 Twins, and '92 and '93 Blue Jays) over his big league career. Among his many accolades, the native of St. Paul, Minnesota amassed 254 wins over his pitching career, threw a no-hitter in 1984 for the Detroit Tigers and was named World Series MVP in 1991 while a member of the Minnesota Twins. The five-time All-Star however, will forever be known to Blue Jays fans as the first 20-game winner in club history (21-wins) and propelling his team into the playoffs for the first of their back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. Morris retired in 1995 and has spent time as a colour analyst for the Minnesota Twins and as well as a guest on Detroit Tigers broadcasts.
HOST, JAYS TALK/PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
Enters his 12th season as a member of the Blue Jays' broadcast crew Is the host of the Blue Jays post-game show which is aired after each game during the season Born in Toronto, Ontario Graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 (B.Sc. Psychology; Ethics, Society and Law) Began radio career with University of Toronto Radio in 1988, named Sports Director in 1989, and did play-by-play of hockey, football and basketball Started professional play-by-play career at age 19 with the single-A Welland Pirates, later broadcast for the single-A Watertown Indians and double-A Hardware City (New Britain) Rock Cats Married with two daughters Wife hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina Resides in Mississauga.
TVA SPORTS – Le Baseball Des Blues Jays
PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER (FRENCH)
For 34 years on CKAC, was the voice of the Montreal Expos Followed suit with the play-by-play calls for the Capitales de Québec of the Can-Am league Inducted into the Québec (2002) and Canadian (2003) Baseball Hall of Fame, he met again with his long-time friend Rodger Brulotte to put together again the celebrity duo that is so synonymous with the Montreal Expos, but is now the French-speaking voice of the Toronto Blue Jays
PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER (FRENCH)
His association with the Expos began in 1969 as a member of the club's scouting department The following year he was named administrative assistant to the director of scouting and player personnel, Mel Didier Also has been in public relations and marketing as well as serving as the team's traveling secretary in 1977-78 Spent 17 seasons with Jacques Doucet on the Expos' French radio network For his work on television, more than 20 years at RDS analyzing Expos games, Major League baseball games, All-Star games and post season games, he and his partner, Denis Casavant, were nominated twice for a Gemeaux Award for sports broadcasting As of august 2012, he has joined TVA Sports Network, as an analyst on the Blue Jays' French broadcasts His hobbies are golf, books and movies.
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