Jays voice Jerry Howarth retires

Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster Jerry Howarth will not return to the booth in 2018.

Howarth announced his retirement Tuesday after 36 years of calling Blue Jays games.

The 71-year-old said he made the decision due to health issues that have affected his voice in recent years.

Howarth, a native of York, Pa., who was raised in San Francisco, began his broadcast career in 1974 with the Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League.

He joined the Blue Jays in 1981 and has called Toronto home ever since, eventually becoming a Canadian citizen.

In 2012, Howarth was honoured by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame with the Jack Graney Award for lifetime contributions to baseball in Canada.

Howarth called Toronto’s back-to-back World Series victories in 1992 and 1993 with Tom Cheek, who died in 2005 from brain cancer.

(https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/team/broadcasters)

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