Longtime Oakland A’s color commentator Ray Fosse announced that he would be taking a step away from the broadcast to focus on his cancer treatment.
In a statement Thursday, 74-year-old Fosse said he has been battling cancer for 16 years:
“With my wife of 51 years, Carol, today we share that I have been battling cancer silently for the past 16 years. Given my current medical condition, I am looking forward to focusing on my treatment and being with my family during this time. A move to Stay A and NBC Sports Calif. is taking effect immediately. My wife, Carol, and I express our gratitude to the baseball community and the community at large for your thoughts and prayers.
Fosse’s voice is synonymous with the voice of the Oakland A—and has been the team’s color commentator since 1986, currently on NBC Sports California.
Despite spending most of his lucrative 12-year career with the Cleveland Indians, Fosse has been one of a handful of constants with a face and A, ever since he won two of his three-peat championships with a swingin A. Won World Series titles. in 1973 and 1974.
A issued a statement on Fosse’s announcement:
“The Oakland A and NBC Sports California send our unconditional support to Ray during this challenging time. Our priority is Ray’s health and well being. He is and will always be a part of our family, and we will do everything we can to help him and Carol while Ray recovers.
Fosse has been away from the broadcast booth for a few games during A’s latest road trip. Oakland natives and former MLB players Dontrell Willis and Shooty Babbitt serve as color commentators with play-by-play commentator Glenn Kuiper.