MILWAUKEE — The soundtrack of Milwaukee summers will return, even if it’s just a bit tardy.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced that Bob Uecker will return for his 50th season as the voice of the Brewers when Major League Baseball’s season begins July 23 to 24.
Uecker, 86, has had several heart procedures and battled pancreatic cancer. His age and health put him at an increased risk for COVID-19. He told mlb.com’s Adam McCalvy he discussed his return with Brewers owner Mark Attanasio.
“I talked with Mark about it, who is looking out for me,” Uecker said. “I know I am one of the older people out there at the ballpark, but I didn’t want to do anything from my house. At least you can feed off the ballpark. There are things to talk about.”
Uecker also said in the article that he would only broadcast home games, as has been the case in recent seasons, with his broadcast partners Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle handling the road games.
The Brewers will report for their second version of Spring Training by July 1. The full regular-season schedule is expected to be announced soon. The season will begin with no fans in the stands.
“It’s been a long wait, and we join in the excitement over the return of Brewers baseball to Miller Park,” said Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger. “The start of 2020 has undoubtedly brought challenging times. Baseball has been a staple of summer life for more than 150 years, seeing our country through many ups and downs. We look forward to that first pitch of the season as we stay optimistic that better times lie ahead.”