Award-winning broadcast veteran Dan Shulman is joining the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast team on Sportsnet.
The Toronto native is set to call upwards of 30 Blue Jays games in each of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, working alongside Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler.
Shulman, who will continue his work for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and NCAA men’s college basketball, called Blue Jays games with Martinez from 1995 to 2001.
Shulman was a guest on Dean Blundell & Co. Thursday morning and said he is thrilled at the opportunity to cover the team again.
“I’d be lying if I said anything other than this is (a return home). There is a lot of sentimentality to this,” said Shulman, who still resides in Toronto. “I wouldn’t be doing 30 games in another city. This is home.”
Shulman called American League Division Series games for ESPN Radio this year when the Blue Jays took on the Texas Rangers. He said Thursday that those were the first Blue Jays games he’s worked in 14 years.
“It was fun when I did Game 5 of the Texas series for ESPN Radio, driving down the (Don Valley) Parkway and parking underneath (Rogers Centre) like I used to do all those years ago and getting a chance to see some friends and share it with family,” he said. “All those things mean something.”
Having grown up in the Greater Toronto Area, Shulman feels he will be able to add a unique voice to Blue Jays broadcasts.
“Doing games in your hometown you have a real feeling about what is important to people,” he said. “Having been through sports in this city for 30 years gives me a nice little bit of perspective.”
In addition to calling games on Sportsnet, Shulman will also make appearances on Blue Jays Central, Tim & Sid and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.