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As a longtime fan of the Toronto Blue Jays I'm still in a state of shock over the passing of former Blue Jays pitcher John Cerutti.

I remember in the 1980s Cerutti was part of a dynamic young pitching staff that included Dave Stieb and Jim Clancy. Overall in the 1980s, the Blue Jays had a very talented young team with such names as George Bell, Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield. In the past several years Cerutti worked as a color analyst for the Blue Jays. I felt that Cerutti had a winning and dynamic personality. As a sports broadcaster Cerutti had very few rivals.

I remember a few years ago when Cerutti started working as a color analyst for CBC, where he worked alongside longtime Canadian broadcaster Brian Williams. The biasness of the local sports media tries to convey the ridiculous notion that the best sports broadcasters are only located in the American big cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and New York. This is outrageous. In my opinion, the greatest sports broadcasters are Canadians.

The reason is because Canadian sports broadcasters seem much more professional compared to American sports broadcasters. An excellent example of that is Don Whitman. Whitman covers the CFL on CBC, which he has done for decades. I bet Whitman could tell you stories about the great players who played in the CFL -- most notably Art Powell and Doug Flutie.

Cerutti's death is a devastating blow to Canadian sports broadcasting because his caliber of work was so high. With his trademark laid-back, smooth style, it's going to be extremely difficult for Canadian broadcasters to equal John Cerutti's talents. He was only 44 years of age when he died and I'm still shocked that he's gone.

Tim Malley


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