Sims, 63, should be ready for spring training and wants to share his experience. “I know some guys are embarrassed to talk about this stuff,” he said. “Not me.”

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Dave Sims has no plans to keep quiet.

As the Mariners’ play-by-play man on their television broadcasts for the past nine seasons, silence isn’t something that occurs often around him. A renaissance broadcaster experienced in calling baseball, basketball and football games at the highest level, Sims will discuss any sports subject — and plenty outside of sports — with a comfortable ease.

But Sims has something else he wants to discuss this baseball season and beyond.

The subject: prostate cancer.

Why? Because Sims now is a prostate-cancer survivor.

After taking a physical in September, doctors noticed that Sims’ prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) numbers were elevated.

“I was feeling like a million freakin’ bucks,” he said by telephone. “But then it was just before Thanksgiving when my wife (Abby) told me how much my PSA numbers had spiked.”

Sims met with doctors in New York and underwent tests. That was when Sims first heard the word: cancer.

“That’s a show-stopper when you hear that word,” he said. “Cancer. Man, it’s a show-stopper.”

On Jan. 15, Sims underwent surgery in New York to remove his prostate gland.

“That first week was a bear,” he said. “I was miserable.”

Abby helped get him through that rough stage of recovery.

“She’s always been my MVP, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” he said. “But words can’t express how great she’s been, especially during that first week.”

After getting through the first week of discomfort, the 63-year-old Sims felt more like himself. He always has been in fabulous physical condition compared with others his age. He works out at home and on the road, mixing in weightlifting and cardio.

He is relegated mostly to walking now. But living in Manhattan, he is racking up the miles on the city sidewalks with Abby.

“They encourage you to walk, drink lots of water and take your naps,” he said. “I looked at my pedometer, and we walked more than 30 miles last week. We walked Central Park the other day, and that was 3.2 miles. We are definitely getting a walk on.”

Sims expects to be ready for spring training. Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 19, and the annual charity game against the Padres is March 2.

“I won’t be going a 100 miles per hour,” he said. “But at the rate I’m going now, I should be good. It’s only Feb. 3, and I have the rest of the month.”

Beyond the rehab and recovery, Sims found a new community of men who had dealt with prostate cancer.

“What I’m finding out since the news came out is how many guys have dealt with this,” he said. “There are so many guys letting me know, ‘Hey, welcome to the club.’ It’s unbelievable how many guys have had this.”

According to and, one in seven adult males in the U.S. will have prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 2.8 million men in the U.S. are living with the disease, and more than 180,000 men are estimated to be diagnosed in the coming year.

The incidents of prostate cancer in African-American males is nearly 1 in 5, and the likelihood of death from the disease is 2.4 times higher than with white males.

“Knowing how the prostate cancer numbers are for African-American males — I’m hitting that demographic hard being my age,” Sims said. “I had been really diligent on that since I turned 40.”

And yet, Sims admits he didn’t heed his own cautions.

“I was part of the negligence,” he said. “I had a checkup previously last December, and my numbers were a little elevated, and they said, ‘Get back to us again in six months,’ and I didn’t do it. And they never followed up.”

But doctors caught the cancer in its early stages.

“It had me spooked that this had gotten past me,” he’s said. “But timing, luck and the good Lord cutting me a break all came together. I got away with one. My son said I had won the lottery.”

Sims can’t spread his luck. But he can spread his story. It’s one of caution and communication.

“I know some guys are embarrassed to talk about this stuff,” he said. “Not me.”

He has already has called Mariners senior vice president of communications Randy Adamack about promoting awareness and sharing his experience.

“I told him that when I get back to Seattle, I need to get hooked up with whoever or whatever organization, because if they need to have someone to come talk to a guy or a group of guys about this, I’m in,” he said. “I’d be glad to do it.”

Sims’ respect for survivors helped him get through the diagnosis and the days leading up to surgery.

“The greatest thing I’ve found going through this experience is talking to friends who had this,” he said. “I knew a few guys, and they turned me on to other people who talked about this to me. It’s like getting a scouting report. I knew what to expect when I got to the hospital and the recovery. And I can still talk to them about it.”

Each day a new person reaches out to him.

“I had one guy tell me he had this surgery at 80-some years old, and he said, ‘I plan on living to 98 years old, so you can beat this,’ ” Sims said.

As he prepared to head out for another walk with Abby, the conversation turned to spring training, a fresh start to another season and plenty of new faces Sims must get to know.

“I’m bringing extra spiral notebooks,” he said. “I’m going to be taking more notes than ever.”

After Sims’ offseason, this spring is a little more special.

“That sun is going to feel really good on my shoulders this year,” he said.