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Blue Jays will have a new play-by-play broadcaster this season

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Rob Williams Mar 27, 2018 10:45 am 453

Meet the new voice of the Toronto Blue Jays.

After trying out a number of broadcasters during Spring Training, Ben Wagner has won the job, and will be the main voice of the Blue Jays on Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio.

The 37-year-old broadcaster replaces longtime Blue Jays play-by-play man Jerry Howarth, who retired in February.

An announcer for 11 seasons with the Buffalo Bisons, Wagner is getting the call to the Majors from the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.

Dan Shulman will also join the broadcast booth for a collection of games on radio and television this season, Sportsnet announced. Mike Wilner will also remain on radio broadcasts.

“It is a dream come true, and a lot of years in the making,” said Wagner in a media release. “To follow in the footsteps of legends like Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth, and to work alongside Mike Wilner and Dan Shulman, I am honoured to have the opportunity to provide the soundtrack of summer to Canadian baseball fans.”

“Ben Wagner has a unique and descriptive way of calling a ball game,” said Dave Cadeau, national format director of sports for Rogers Radio. “He’s an extremely talented broadcaster and I’m looking forward to hearing him across the Sportsnet Radio Network for the next generation. Dan Shulman is simply one of the greatest play-by-play voices in the world, and to have him returning to where his career first started is a thrill for all of us.”

Wagner will make his MLB debut on Thursday when the Blue Jays play the Yankees on Opening Day at Rogers Centre.

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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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