Man, Buck Martinez is returning to do play-by-play for Jays games on Rogers Sportsnet! I realize this was announced a month ago, but man am I ever excited! I remember the good old days when Dan Schulman and Buck Martinez did the play by play in the few years after the World Series wins. Pat Tabler and Buck Martinez, certainly both not famous major leaguers during their careers have gone on to have very successful broadcasting careers. Tabler remains one of the most colorful announcers in baseball, and he basically had to teach a student of the game in Jamie Campbell for the last number of years. It should be no wonder or surprise that Tabler has done less and less games over the years considering who he had to sit beside on a regular basis.
Buck Martinez on the other hand went on to unsucessfully manage the Toronto Blue Jays for one season and was fired at the end of it. You would have thought that Buck might have made the perfect fit from an outside perspective considering that he understood what the fans wanted, what the players wanted having had played in the major leagues, and having been on the other side of the ropes in the media, too. Martinez went on to become a major baseball broadcaster with ESPN, and alongside his former co-broadcaster Dan Schulman.
While Tabler's contract is up, along with the brutal Rance Mulliniks, and former catcher Darrin Fletcher, I would strongly advise the Rogers consortium to re-hire Tabler as I think Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler might just make the Jays a hit on Sportsnet once again!
You should thank great baseball-minded Canadians like Paul Beeston for making this happen!
HERE'S A LIST OF THE TOP 100 CANADIANS IN BASEBALL RANKED BY INFLUENCE..
The Top Ten is an Impressive List that features...
1) Paul Beeston, CEO, Toronto Blue Jays
2) Greg Hamilton, Baseball Canada
3) Alex Anthopoulos, Jays GM
4) Doug Melvin, Brewers GM
5) Pat Gillick, Senior Advisor to the Phillies
6) Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins 1B
7) Tony Viner, President, Rogers Media
8) Dan Shulman, Broadcaster, ESPN
9) Keli McGregor, President, Colorado Rockies
10) The Great Jerry Howarth, Broadcaster, Toronto Blue Jays.