Padres announcer Ted Leitner leaving broadcast booth to fight ca - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Padres announcer Ted Leitner leaving broadcast booth to fight cancer

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Longtime Padres play-by-play announcer and former KFMB Stations sports anchor Ted Leitner will be leaving the broadcast booth to fight kidney cancer.

Leitner announced on his Twitter account that he has cancer, "and will be off the Padres broadcast indefinitely after Wednesday’s game."

He thanked his fans for their support over the years.

According to MLB.com, Leitner is scheduled for surgery on Thursday to remove a cancerous kidney.

The Padres organization released a statement from executive chairman Ron Fowler and managing partner Peter Seidler:

We wish our dear friend Ted Leitner a speedy recovery from surgery," "While we'll miss hearing his voice in the booth over the next few weeks, we know he'll be back healthy and stronger than ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with him during this time.

Leitner, 71, has been the voice of the Padres for almost four decades and also announced games for the San Diego State Aztecs. He spent 25 years (1978-2002) as a sports anchor and a radio host for KFMB Stations.

RELATED COVERAGE

  • SportsMore>>

  • Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    Ultimate Pigskin Picks

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     

    CBS 8 invite you to play along with other San Diego football fans each week and pick the winners!  See how you do against News 8's Sports Director, Kyle Kraska and win weekly prizes!

     
  • World Series Game 1 to be cold one for Dodgers, Red Sox

    World Series Game 1 to be cold one for Dodgers, Red Sox

    Monday, October 22 2018 1:16 PM EDT2018-10-22 17:16:39 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 4:39 PM EDT2018-10-23 20:39:53 GMT
    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola). Grounds crew members paint the World Series logo behind home plate at Fenway Park, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Boston as they prepare for Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodger...(AP Photo/Elise Amendola). Grounds crew members paint the World Series logo behind home plate at Fenway Park, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Boston as they prepare for Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodger...
    It's looking to be cold for Game 1 of the World Series, but at least the Red Sox and Dodgers will probably avoid the rain. 
    It's looking to be cold for Game 1 of the World Series, but at least the Red Sox and Dodgers will probably avoid the rain. 
  • Restocked Kansas nabs No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

    Restocked Kansas nabs No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

    Monday, October 22 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-10-22 16:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 2:38 PM EDT2018-10-23 18:38:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File). FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Kansas' Silvio De Sousa (22) celebrates during the second half of the NCAA college basketball championship game against West Virginia in the Big 12 men's tournament, in Kansas ...(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File). FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Kansas' Silvio De Sousa (22) celebrates during the second half of the NCAA college basketball championship game against West Virginia in the Big 12 men's tournament, in Kansas ...
    Kansas starts the 2018-19 season as the No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. 
    Kansas starts the 2018-19 season as the No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.