Sportsnet Hit’s One Out Of The Park

I know I can sometimes be too in love with nostalgia, however this time it’s different. Rogers Sportsnet’s hiring of former Toronto Blue Jays player, manager and broadcaster Buck Martinez is nothing short of a homerun for fans of the ball club. Where hiring of Cito, and trying to bring back others from better days was cheered in this corner, the reality is, for the most part it was nothing more than an attempt to sell tickets to a team in dire need of a boost in revenue column.

This, however is different. Martinez is good at what he does and is not simply being hired to draw fans cause we used to like him. His tenure as manager wasn’t overly positive and therefore his hire should be viewed on the merits as hiring a good analyst for the product that has been badly missing since he left.

We (or at least me) are usually quick to slam the locals for that which they have done, this time they deserve all the credit.



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December 12, 2009 8:33 pm

…Except he’s not going to be an analyst, he’s going to be doing play-by-play.

Mike S
Mike S
December 12, 2009 10:50 pm

A home run would have been bringing back Shulman……………the jury is out whether bringing back Buck to do a job he has hardly ever done before is a good idea

December 13, 2009 3:12 am

I think this is awesome news. Jamie Campbell was frustrating to listen to. I just don’t think he was cut out for MLB play by play. He was good as a studio host with Gregg Zaun though.

Even if Buck hasn’t done much play by play, it’s nice to see Rogers actually invest in an elite level, ESPN quality broadcaster for Jays games. Rogers should be looking at YES and NESN to see what a well run, team owned network can do for a franchise. Bringing in a pro like Buck is a good start.

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