Former Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Pat Tabler lands new role in the booth with Cleveland Guardians

Zach Laing
1 year ago
From the booths of the Rogers Centre to the booths of Progressive Field, Pat Tabler has a new broadcasting role.
Tabler, 65, joined TSN as a studio analyst covering the Jays back in 1993, and got his start in the booth working alongside Dan Shulman all the way back in 2001. This past year, Tabler and Sportsnet parted ways.
But now, according to The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Tabler will be pinch-hitting for some broadcasts for the Cleveland Guardians…
Tabler’s longevity has been a calling card for the Blue Jays nearly becoming synonymous with the team. He’s been a huge part of the media landscape in Toronto surrounding the team.
Tabler, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, played 1,202 Major League games over 12 seasons and 707 of them came while playing in Cleveland. He joined the Blue Jays in the 1991 season and helped them win their first-ever World Series the following year.
Here’s some of what Blue Jays Nation writer Evan Stack wrote about Tabler last December:
Tabler, who has as many home runs as a Blue Jay as Munenori Kawasaki, spent two seasons with Toronto as a player. He was a part of the 1992 World Series club, serving as a utility man. One of the more unique assets of Tabler’s game was his ability to come up in the clutch; Tabby was a career 43-for-88 with the bases loaded.
Once Tabler was let go from the booth, Martinez didn’t mince any words as to how he felt about Tabler’s exodus. Martinez felt that Tabler’s departure was a sign of how little experience, consistency, and loyalty are valued. He noted that both he and Tabler were “blindsided” about the decision, and Martinez holds melancholy feelings about his long-time partner’s contract not being renewed.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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