Murcer hopes to return to work for YES

Updated: January 24, 2007, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Bobby Murcer hopes to return to the New York Yankees' YES Network broadcast booth this season.

Murcer, recovering from surgery on Dec. 28 to remove a malignant brain tumor, became a Yankees broadcaster after his retirement from playing in 1983.

"I've been wanting to jump in here and let you all know how much your e-mails of good wishes have meant to me during the past few weeks," he said in a statement posted Wednesday on the Web sites of the team and the network.

"I never imagined this outpouring of support would come my way, but your prayers are doing more for my recovery than any medicine ever could," he said. "It's your steadfast spirit that keeps me feeling so optimistic, and I'm doing everything I can in an effort to see many of you back in Yankee Stadium on opening day."

Murcer, an Oklahoma City native, was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Christmas Eve after having headaches. A five-time All-Star, he played in the major leagues from 1965-83 and has won three Emmy Awards for live sports coverage.

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