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10/18/2007 6:07 PM ET
Long-time voice of the Mets Billy Berroa passes away
Celebrated Spanish broadcaster's career with the organization spanned two decades
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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Billy Berroa, New York Mets Spanish Broadcaster on Radio WADO 1280 AM, passed away yesterday in his native country of the Dominican Republic following a long illness. He was 79.

Berroa, who was in his second tour as an announcer for Mets Spanish broadcasts, began announcing Major League Baseball games in 1963.

In 2007, Berroa, along with fellow WADO announcer and Mets Hispanic Broadcast Coordinator Juan Alicea, had been scheduled to broadcast 25 television simulcasts on Cablevision's Spanish language tier. Unfortunately, early in the year an illness forced him to return to his home in Santo Domingo to be with his wife.

Recognized as one of the most important Spanish voices in both broadcasting and the Mets organization, Berroa was inducted into the Dominican Republic's Sports Hall of Fame on October 17, 1998.

"All of us here at the Mets -- Fred, Saul and every one of our colleagues at Shea Stadium -- were deeply saddened to hear last night's news regarding Billy's passing," said Jeff Wilpon, COO, New York Mets. "Billy was a pioneer in our sport and we were privileged to have an association with him that spanned the course of 20 years. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his loved ones."

Funeral services will be held in the Dominican Republic tomorrow morning.

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