2019 Vancouver Canadians Game Broadcasts
Let's play ball! Adding to its premium roster of live sports content, Sportsnet 650 has acquired the exclusive radio rights to the Vancouver Canadians, proud affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Set to deliver the sounds of Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver's all-sports radio station will broadcast Canadians home games and select road games beginning with the 2019 season.
Bolstering its baseball lineup, which includes Blue Jays broadcasts, Sportsnet 650's acquisition of the C's broadcasts makes it Vancouver's exclusive radio home of Canadians Baseball.
"The Canadians have been instrumental in the growth of baseball in Canada, producing Blue Jays stars such as Kevin Pillar , Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez ," said Craig MacEwen,Program Director, Sportsnet 650. "We look forward to shining the spotlight on the game's future stars as they begin their journey in Vancouver and delivering world-class coverage to the city's passionate baseball fans."
"Canada's love of baseball is a part of our national identity. From the first pitch in spring, to the final swing of the bat in the fall, Canadians are united through their shared passion of the game," said Scott Moore , President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties. "At Sportsnet, we have the honour and privilege of being Canada's home of baseball, delivering the excitement of summer to dedicated fans across the country. We look forward to bringing viewers more of the game they love through our partnership with the Vancouver Canadians."
"We are thrilled to partner with Sportsnet to bring Canadians Baseball to fans across the province of British Columbia and across Canada," said Andy Dunn, President, Vancouver Canadian Baseball Club. "This partnership will allow fans a unique opportunity to listen to and see the Toronto Blue Jays' top prospects early in their career. We look forward to sharing the story of Canadians Baseball with everyone."
Rob Fai, entering his 13th season as play-by-play broadcaster with the Vancouver Canadians will have the call on Sportsnet 650 as the C's take to the field in Summer 2019.
Sportsnet will also televise six Vancouver Canadians games on Sportsnet Pacific throughout the 2019 season. A full radio & TV broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
Meet the Vancouver Canadians Broadcast Team
When it comes to professional baseball here on the West Coast, one voice has kept fans company on the airwaves for the past 13 years as Rob Fai has been broadcaster with the Vancouver Canadians since taking the lead chair back in 2007. In addition to being inducted into the Vancouver Canadians Hall of Fame (2015), Rob recently received the Paul Carson Award as top play-by-play voice in British Columbia and the Baseball BC Meritorious Award presented to him for his lifetime contributions to both professional and amateur baseball.
Born and raised in Toronto, ON, Rob attended Lester B. Pearson C.I. before moving out west where he would immerse himself in the baseball community and later take on a career in the media having worked with News1130, TSN1040 and most recently Sportsnet650 and Sportsnet Pacific who took possession of the broadcast rights to Vancouver Canadians Baseball in 2019. Rob is also one of the longest serving voice actors in EA Sports history having provided his voice to the National Hockey League (NHL) platform since 2011.
Married to wife Christina with children Nolan Ryan and Jayda, Rob is also the Canadians Director of Communications and recently was approved to become a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors (2019) and has been on the 100 Most Influental Canadians in Baseball list for the past six years.
With a five-year Major League Baseball career that included an All-Star appearance in 2011, the Canadians broadcast team debuts one of the most beloved Toronto Blue Jays in recent memory as Ricky Romero joins the Sportsnet Pacific team this season. Romero, 34, recently retirned from professional baseball and the Canadians broadcast position became a perfect fit for Romero who's insight becomes invaluable to the six (6) nationally televised games seen on Sportsnet Pacific this summer.
Selected in the 37th Round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Romero opted to attend the Cal-State Fullerton helping the Titans to a National Championship in 2005 before he was taken with the 6th overall pick in draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. After a few seasons in the Minor Leagues, Romero debuted with Toronto on April 9th, 2009 at the age of 24 playing under legendary manager Cito Gaston.
Romero would eventually develop into the ace of the Blue Jays staff and was named to the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Arizona. That season he would go 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA in 32 starts with Toronto. Romero would make 125 straight starts for the Blue Jays between 2009 and 2012 playing for both Gaston and John Farrell. Romero would also average more than 200 innings between 2010 and 2012.