The baseball world is sending their well wishes to one of their most beloved voices after Howie Rose, the popular Mets radio announcer, announced that he has been in an ongoing battle with cancer since 2021.
Rose, the longtime radio voice of the New York Mets, says that he was first diagnosed with bladder cancer after noticing blood in his urine during Spring Training in 2021. Since then, in an up-and-down battle, he has had to undergo surgery to remove his bladder and prostate but says that now he is finally able to return to his regular work in the booth, although no longer for the full 162.
Rose discussed his cancer battle in an interview with The New York Post, saying that despite the struggles, he is now on the right track.
“The bottom line, after the pathology came back after the surgery, the doctor basically said, ‘You’re good to go,’” said Rose, 68. “The surgeon, he says, ‘You have no restrictions, do whatever you want.’"
“And it’s managing the situation where my life is more complicated than it used to be. It’s not insurmountable. Obviously. It certainly hasn’t helped my golf game, that’s for sure.
“But the beauty of it is I can go out and play golf. I can ride my bike. I can play pickleball if I want or tennis and do whatever I want. I’m thankful for that," Rose concluded.
Rose has called play-by-play for the Mets since 1995, first on television and then later taking over for the legendary Bob Murphy on the radio in 2003.
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