Players and coaches aren't the only ones in Triple-A looking for a ticket to the majors. Broadcasters want to move up too and longtime Buffalo Bisons' voice Ben Wagner is getting the call to Toronto for the next two games on the Blue Jays' nationwide radio network.
Wagner, who has called the Herd's games since 2007, will be replacing Mike Wilner for tonight and Thursday's games in Rogers Centre against Kansas City. Wagner made a guest appearance in the booth during Tuesday night's series opener.
Wagner will join longtime Toronto voice Jerry Howarth and analyst Joe Siddall in the booth while Wilner is away to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Wilner often does play-by-play of the middle innings and Wagner is slated to do likewise for innings three, four and seven. He will also take Wilner's place hosting the broadcast's postgame show, which includes a popular call-in segment.
Wagner, 37, is an Indiana native who came to the Herd after three seasons with the Class A Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws. He is just the third radio announcer in the Bisons' modern era, joining Pete Weber (1985-95) and Jim Rosenhaus (1996-2006).
In addition to his duties with the Herd, Wagner has spent several years calling high school and college sports on television for Spectrum Sports. He has also spent the last two years as the radio voice of Canisius College basketball games.
Wagner is also a frequent guest on The Fan 590, the all-sports radio giant in Toronto that is the flagship station for the Jays' radio network.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) September 19, 2017
Insanely excited for my MLB debut! https://t.co/B1g7dzZK4N
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) September 20, 2017