*Supplied the writer, Dan Robson
In the spirit of Moneyball, the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays offers cutting insights on baseball
Buck Martinez has been in and around professional baseball for nearly fifty years as a player, manager and broadcaster. Currently the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays, Martinez has witnessed enormous change in the game he loves, as it has morphed from a grassroots pastime to big business. Not all of the change has been for the better, and today’s fans struggle to connect to their on-the-field heroes as loyalty to club and player wavers and free agency constantly changes the face of every team’s roster.
In Change Up, Martinez offers his unique insights into how Major League Baseball might reconnect with its fanbase, how the clubs might train and prepare their players for their time in “The Show,” and how players might approach the sport in a time of sagging fan interest. Martinez isn’t shy with his opinions, whether they be on pitch count, how to develop players through the minor-league system, and even if there should be a minor-league system at all. Always entertaining, ever insightful, Martinez shares brilliant insights and inside pitches about summer’s favourite game.
Buck Martinez has spent nearly fifty years in professional baseball, including twenty years as a catcher (six years as a Toronto Blue Jay), twenty-five years in broadcasting, and two as a manager. Martinez is currently the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays on Rogers Sportsnet.
Dan Robson is a senior writer for Sportsnet. His writing has also appeared in The Canadian Press, CBC, and the Toronto Star. He is the author of the bestseller Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend, co-author (with Clint Malarchuk) of the bestseller The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, and co-author with Buck Martinez of Change Up: How to Make the Great Game of Baseball Even Better. @robsondan * www.danrobsonstories.com * instagram.com/robsondan/