Mike Wilner

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Mike Wilner
Born(1970-03-14) March 14, 1970 (age 44)
Toronto, Ontario
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Toronto Blue Jays
SportsBaseball, basketball, football, hockey
 
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Mike Wilner
Born(1970-03-14) March 14, 1970 (age 44)
Toronto, Ontario
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Toronto Blue Jays
SportsBaseball, basketball, football, hockey

Michael Samuel Wilner[1] (born March 14, 1970) is a Canadian baseball broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. He hosts a postgame radio call-in show called BlueJaysTalk on the Fan 590, authors a blog on Sportsnet.ca/590, and calls the play-by-play during the 5th and 6th innings of the Blue Jays' radio broadcasts during home games. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Wilner began his broadcasting career at the University of Toronto in 1988, and was named sports director there a year later. During his tenure at the University of Toronto, Wilner did play-by-play for various sports including hockey, basketball, and football. Wilner began his professional broadcasting career at the age of 19 with the Class-A Welland Pirates. He later did play-by-play for various baseball teams including the Class-A Watertown Indians, and the Double-A Hardware City Rock Cats. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Wilner hosted 2010 Winter Games Today in Vancouver with David Alter from Whistler, British Columbia.[2]

On June 1, 2010, Mike Wilner got into an argument during a media scrum with the Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston about Gaston's field level decision making. Wilner detailed the confrontation on his blog.[3] A day later his employer, the Fan 590 announced Wilner would not be covering the team for several days, presumably a suspension though the Fan 590 refused to state the reason.[4] Because Rogers Communications, owners of the Toronto Blue Jays, also owns the Fan 590, the suspension had at least the appearance of a case of media censorship. The Toronto Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America issued a letter of protest suggesting the suspension was an attempt by the Blue Jays to muzzle media criticism.[5] The controversy received coverage in all three of Toronto's daily newspapers, largely in sympathy with Wilner.[4][5][6]

Wilner is scheduled to perform play-by-play duties for innings five and six of all Toronto Blue Jays games in the 2013 season.

Personal life[edit]

Wilner is married, and together with his wife from Buenos Aires, Argentina, they have two daughters and reside in Mississauga. Wilner is said to be an avid player of sim-league baseball, having played in the T.H.R.O.W simulation baseball league since its inception 25 years ago.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers Sportsnet (March 15, 2014). "Blue Jays This Week - March 15 - Saturday". Sportsnet 590 The Fan (Podcast). Rogers Sportsnet. Event occurs at 0:55. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Radio plans announced for Olympic Coverage". The Canadian Press. ctvolympics.ca. January 28, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "FAN590 - Blogs - Miked Up » Blog Archive » Again?". Blog.rogersbroadcasting.com. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b Canada (2010-06-06). "Confronting Gaston not a wise career move". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Commentary: Wilner’s weekend off does disservice to audience | Posted Sports | National Post". Sports.nationalpost.com. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ Steve Buffery. "The curious case of Wilner". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  7. ^ Keith Law (August 23, 2007). "Questioning Nate Corddry". ESPN. sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 

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