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Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Warren Sawkiw was dropped by the Fan 590 for former Jay Alan Ashby....

Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Warren Sawkiw was dropped by the Fan 590 for former Jay Alan Ashby. (Toronto Sun File/Debbie Holloway)

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

In a way, Blue Jays broadcaster Warren Sawkiw was doomed from the start.

Being forced to follow the late, great Tom Cheek in the team's radio booth was an impossible task given he was replacing one of the longest-serving and popular broadcasters in the city's history.

That two-year run ended yesterday when the team's radio rights-holder, the Fan 590, opted not to renew Sawkiw's contract.

In his place, former major-league catcher Alan Ashby will sidle up beside veteran play-by-play man Jerry Howarth and Mike Wilner. Ashby signed a three-year contract.

"It was a difficult situation for anybody and I thought Warren did a good job," Fan program director Nelson Millman said yesterday.

"In no way was this a reflection on Warren. An opportunity arose to hire a guy who fit the criteria for what we would like on our broadcast team."

Ashby, a member of the inaugural Blue Jays team in 1977, worked as a colour commentator for the Houston Astros the past eight seasons.


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