Buck is back.
Buck Martinez returned to the broadcast booth for the first time in roughly three months after going off the air following a cancer diagnosis, hitting the airwaves when the Toronto Blue Jays hosted the St. Louis Cardinals at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night.
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“It’s great to be back,” he said on the broadcast.
“The fans have been tremendous. I’ve heard from fans all across North America, and I want to thank you all for the signs, the prayers. There’s no doubt all of your good words helped me get through this tough time, and they helped me a lot. And I’ve heard from a lot of people too dealing with their own health issues. I hope my journey has helped you handle those face on and fight the good fight.”
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Martinez, who stepped away from the broadcast in mid-April after his diagnosis, has filled a number of roles throughout the Blue Jays organization over the years, including first playing on the team from 1981-1986 as a catcher, reporting on the club from 1987 onwards, and a stint as the team’s manager in 2001-2002.
After working on the Baltimore Orioles broadcast team from 2003-2009, Martinez returned to Toronto in 2010, and has been the lead play-by-play announcer on Sportsnet ever since.
“I wouldn’t be sitting here tonight without the wonderful support of my family,” the 72-year-old said. “My son Casey and his family and especially my wife of 47 years, Arlene. From the moment we heard I had cancer, she simply said ‘we got this’ and she was right — as she has been for 47 years.”