MLB

Sportsnet parts ways with veteran Blue Jays announcer Mike Wilner

Rogers Sportsnet is parting ways with veteran Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Mike Wilner.

Split was announced on Friday

Mike Wilner, seen above, was the Blue Jays' first Toronto-born play-by-play broadcaster. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Rogers Sportsnet is parting ways with veteran Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Mike Wilner.

The broadcaster announced the split on its Twitter feed Friday. A reason wasn't given for the decision.

Sportsnet said Wilner had a "voice that became synonymous with Blue Jays baseball."

Wilner, the Blue Jays' first Toronto-born play-by-play broadcaster, became the full-time radio announcer alongside Ben Wagner prior to the 2019 Major League Baseball season. He also called most of the games in 2018 following the retirement of longtime announcer Jerry Howarth.

Prior to joining the broadcast booth full-time, he served as a backup announcer and hosted the "Blue Jays Talk" pre- and post-game shows starting in 2002.

Wilner said on a social media post that "his heart is broken," but added he is grateful for getting a chance to "live an absolute dream."

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now