(WNFL)- Bob Uecker turned 80 last Sunday -- and the Milwaukee Brewers' Hall-of-Fame radio announcer says he'll cut back on his workload this season. Uecker tells W-T-M-J -- the flagship station which carries his play-by-play -- that he'll keep doing all home games. He did not indicate how many road games he would cut out -- and there's no word yet on who will fill in. Uecker said Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio and others have been encouraging him to take it easier -- but until now, he wouldn't do it. In 2010, Uecker missed three months of the season with heart surgery -- and he needed more surgery that October. Uecker is listed as being born in 1935, but he says that's off by a year. He's been a part of the Brewers' broadcast team since 1971. His seemingly endless baseball stories and dead-pan humor have long been popular throughout Wisconsin, in both winning-and-losing seasons. Uecker was inducted into the broadcasters' wing of Baseball's Hall of Fame in 2003. Earlier this month, the Brewers said they would put up a second statue of him at Miller Park -- this one in the back row of the top deck behind home plate, as a tribute to his famous Miller Lite commercial line "I must be in the front row."
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