By Ken StoneFamed San Diego sportscaster Ted Leitner announced Tuesday that he has cancer and will leave the Padres broadcast booth after Wednesday’s game against the visiting Miami Marlins.
“Have always tried to be honest with the radio & TV audience,” the 70-year-old icon told his 10,000 followers on Twitter. “So will do that now also: I have cancer-and will be off the #Padres broadcast indefinitely after Wednesday’s game.”
Have always tried to be honest with the radio & TV audience. So will do that now also: I have cancer-and will be off the #Padres broadcast indefinitely after Wednesday’s game. Thank you Padres fans and #aztecfamily for all your support all these wonderful years.
— Ted Leitner (@TedLeitner) May 29, 2018
He then thanked Padres fans and #aztecfamily “for all your support all these wonderful years.”
AJ Cassavell of MLB.com said Leitner would undergo surgery on Thursday.
“His doctors have told him the cancer hasn’t spread and surgery should go a long way toward eradicating it,” Cassavell said via Twitter. “He’ll broadcast games tonight and tomorrow and is hopeful for a return later this season.”
Retired Union-Tribune Padres writer Bill Center said Leitner is battling kidney cancer.
“From everything I’ve been told, the outlook is positive,” Leitner was quoted as saying. “My other kidney is apparently healthy. My attitude is let’s get this done and return to what I love doing as soon as possible.”
In a joint statement, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler said: “We wish our dear friend, Ted Leitner, a speedy recovery from surgery.
Ted Leitner will be temporarily leaving the #Padres broadcast team this week to fight kidney cancer. Here are some thoughts from the #Padres and myself about this legendary member of the #Padres family: https://t.co/UlLWrfmkuM
— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) May 29, 2018
“While we’ll miss hearing his voice in the booth over the next few weeks, we know he’ll be back healthy and stronger than ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with him during this time.”
Leitner has six sons and one daughter.
Many fans and industry colleagues tweeted their well wishes, and 1,000 “Liked” his original tweet within an hour of its posting a little after 3:50 p.m.
What does baseball sound like? For me growing up with a dad who listened to the @Padres on the radio, the sound of baseball are the voices of @TedLeitner & Jerry Coleman. As the voice of the Friars & Aztecs battles cancer, San Diego is praying & pulling for you Ted Leitner. pic.twitter.com/GBXzZsgFA0
— Marie Coronel (@10NewsCoronel) May 29, 2018
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) May 29, 2018
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