Buck Martinez returns for a 7th season in the broadcast booth after returning to the Blue Jays for the first time since managing the club in 2002... The 66 year old brings with him 48 years of baseball experience, including 20 years as a player, 28 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 14 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 colour 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.
PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER, ROGERS SPORTSNET
Dan Shulman makes his return to the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast booth for the first time since 2001... The Toronto native began his broadcasting career locally in 1990 at CKBB in Barrie before moving to the FAN 1430 (now Sportsnet 590 The FAN) in 1991, where he hosted a number of shows, including Prime Time Sports, The Major League Report and Baseball Today... He began serving as the Blue Jays play-by-play commentator in 1995 alongside current Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Buck Martinez... Following his departure from the Blue Jays broadcast booth in 2001, he joined ESPN fulltime after having worked for the network part-time beginning in 1995... Has been ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play announcer since 2011...Prior to joining the Sunday Night Baseball crew he served as the voice of Monday Night Baseball (2008-10) and Wednesday Night Baseball (2002-07) as well as ESPN Radio's MLB postseason (1998-present) and regular season (2002-07) coverage... Has also called NCAA games on ESPN since 1995... Shulman has received several honours and accolades for his work, including being names the 2011 NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year...Additionally he is the first two-time winner of the Sports Media Canada Broadcaster of the Year award (2000, 2007)... A graduate of Western University, Shulman has three sons, and lives in the GTA.
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 Cincinnati, 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 Central)... 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... Serves as host of the popular Sportsnet 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 2016 for his 6th season as analyst for Blue Jays Central alongside host Jamie Campbell.
SN590 THE FAN – The Fan Radio Network
Starting his 36th 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... 70 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 longtime Basketball Coach at Etobicoke Collegiate High School... 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.
Entering his 3rd season as a member of the Blue Jays radio team... Spent the previous 12 years assisting the Detroit Tigers with batting practice for home games... Signed as a free agent by the Montreal Expos in 1987, Siddall played 13 years professionally as a catcher with Expos, Marlins, Tigers and Red Sox (1988-2000)...Spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with Montreal (1993 & 1995), Florida, (1996) and Detroit (1998)... Hit his lone Major League home run on August 7, 1998 off Seattle LHP Jeff Fassero in Detroit... Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario he attended Assumption High School before accepting a Football Scholarship at Central Michigan University...Joe and wife have four children - Brooke ('92 birth), Brett ('94), Mackenzie ('96), Kevin ('99 -deceased).
PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER/HOST, BLUE JAYS TALK
Enters his 15th 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 and raised 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... Single.
TVA-Sports – Le baseball des Blue Jays
PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER (FRENCH)
For 33 years on CKAC, he 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. Was the recipient of the Jack Graney Award in 2004.
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... In 2013, was honoured with the Jack Graney Award joining Jacques Doucet, Jerry Howarth and Tom Cheek as members of this elite group... As of August 2012, he joined TVA Sports Network, as an analyst on the Blue Jays' French broadcasts... His hobbies are golf, books and movies.