BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats were thrilled to hear that Ben Shulman, son of Dan Shulman, and former play-by-play voice of the team, is going to be the new lead play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays on Fan 590 this upcoming season.

Ben Shulman spent parts of two seasons calling Baycats games – including one with his dad Dan as seen in the image above – before he would attend Syracuse University. Ben studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse and would call a number of games for the Orange. After graduating, Shulman spent a year with the San Diego Padres Double-A affiliate calling games during the 2022 season.

Ben got his first taste of big league broadcasting last season calling a handful of Blue Jays games on the radio in the absence of Ben Wagner. He has also called games for the Raptors 905, which is the G-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, and the Canadian women's basketball team.

Baycats President Josh Matlow, who was with the team back in 2019 as a volunteer, had this to say about the news.

“We wish Ben all the best on his career and hope he has many great seasons on air!” Matlow added that he would love to see Ben back in Barrie for a visit in the future.

“We hope Ben will come back to visit us one day and maybe even call a game, or an inning with our voice Ben Davy. I’m sure the fans would love that!”

Former Baycats president David Mills, who brought on Shulman, also had some things to say about his former play-by-play guy.

“I recall being approached by an articulate, well-mannered young man at a Baycats game early in the season.  His request was to perform play-by-play of our games,” said Mills. Part of the conversation between him and Shulman was that the team, at the time, did not have any equipment to provide. That did not turn out to be a huge problem though.

“Ben's response was that he had the equipment required,” Mills explained, referring to his comment about the equipment. Still in high school at the time, Ben was looking for experience which was received nicely from Mills.

“[He] was not looking to get paid and only wanted the experience. How could we turn down such an offer? And he was very good, fans enjoyed his voice and knowledge of the game.”

With that, he also had this to say about Ben’s new opportunity.

“I am so pleased that Ben Shulman has been given this huge opportunity to do radio play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays. He will do a remarkable job.”