One man’s review of New York broadcasters

The Yankees:

The YES Network gives us endless possibilities. You never know from series to series who the analysts will be. Bob Lorenz has been added to the play by play team so Michael Kay doesn’t have to make so many road trips. And Ken Singleton will do play-by-play from time to time. With a wide variety of color analysts, all made up of former players, there is a general geniality among whatever groupings YES puts together and broadcasts are all generally good. On to the reviews.


Michael Kay. Kay has really grown on me. When he first starting doing Yankee games, his voice grated on me. He was not your typical play-by-play “voice” with a deep vibrato. He is more Rod Stewart than John Lennon.  But it works in the long run, perhaps because of familiarity. Kay has a tendency to stick on themes over the course of games, especially when the team is not going well. That tendency will cause him to look for events in a game that can be bent to the theme he has been espousing.… Click here to read the rest

Sunday Links and Commentary

Sunday Morning

-Joel Sherman with a good read on Cashman’s history as Yankee GM. I’d suggest reading it all the way through, but he comes to the conclusion that Brian Cashman has been much better at making trades (particularly in-season deals) than he has at signing free agents. That’s true on the surface, but you also must consider the nature of free agency. Teams control players they draft for the first 6-7 years through arbitration and sometimes longer via extensions. If the average age of an MLB call up is someone in their early 20’s, then their first team will have them until about age 30. That’s not old in baseball terms, but the nature of the market is such that players like that, especially the elite ones the Yanks target, will get 6-10 year deals. Players most productive seasons are generally in their late 20s to early 30s, so when you play the FA market the most likely outcome is to get 2-3 good seasons out of a player and pay an exorbitant price for it.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks get better end of reunion, pummel A’s 9-2

Mark Teixeira entered the weekend struggling with both his performance at the plate and a bronchial illness that’s been giving him coughing fits and other breathing problems. He sat out last weekend’s series with Cincinnati entirely, and then was dropped to seventh in the batting order upon his return Apparently a little rest and a trip to the Bay Area was exactly what the doctor ordered, however, because Tex has had himself a nice couple of games in Oakland, including one of his best games in some time yesterday, going 4-5 with two home runs and five RBI to carry the Yankees to a blowout 9-2 win over the A’s in their reunion with former teammate Bartolo Colon.

Things got off to a shaky start for the Yankees in the first, as Jemile Weeks scored the game’s first run for Oakland on a two out single by Jonny Gomes after Colon set the Yankees down in order in the top of the first.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 5/26/12

Trenton beat Richmond 1-0:
The Thunder had a chance to break the game open in the first ining, as Corban Joseph and Cody Johnson drew walks and Zoilo Almonte singled to load the bases.  Unfortunately, they were able to bring any runs home.  Jose Gil hit a solo homer in the second, giving Trenton the first – and only – run of the game.  Each team had chances to score, but Gil’s homer was all the Thunder needed to take the win.  David Adams, Almonte, Gil and Jose Pirela each had one hit for Trenton.  Adams had a stolen base.  Brett Marshall made a strong start, going six innings and scattering four hits and four walks, striking out eight.  Francisco Rondon, Ryan Pope and Ryan Flannery each pitched a scoreless, hitless, walkless inning of relief.  Rondon struck out the side, while Pope and Flannery had two and one Ks respectively.  

Tampa beat Lakeland 5-0:
J.R. Murphy hit a solo homer in the first, putting Tampa ahead quickly.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

The Yankees are sending out CC Sabathia to face off against the A’s and ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. Between these two guys, I can only hope the mound holds up. The game starts at 4:05 PM EST on YES.

LHP CC Sabathia v. RHP Bartolo Colon
Yankees Athletics
Derek Jeter SS Jemile Weeks 2B
Curtis Granderson CF Coco Crisp CF
Alex Rodriguez DH Josh Reddick RF
Robinson Cano 2B Jonny Gomes DH
Mark Teixeira 1B Josh Donaldson 3B
Raul Ibanez LF Kurt Suzuki C
Nick Swisher RF Cliff Pennington SS
Eric Chavez 3B Adam Rosales 1B
Chris Stewart C Collin Cowgill LF
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Oakland’s ballpark is an embarrassment to baseball

The Oakland Coliseum might be a good place for a football game. But it is no place for baseball. One of only two parks left in Major League Baseball that doubles as both a baseball and football stadium, the football field runs horizontal to home plate. That means that the fans are a million miles away from the action in even the best seats and as the Yankees’ broadcast team mentioned in the telecast last night, the foul ground it causes has ensured that no Oakland Athletic has ever won a batting title. The statistic that was thrown out last night was that the Coliseum leads the majors with over three foul outs a game.

Nobody is paying good money to watch foul outs. And despite last night’s large crowd of over thirty-three thousand, the Athletics currently rank next to last in the American League in attendance. And who can blame the fans for staying away? The place is old and cold and is not set up for baseball.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees go deep three times, beat Oakland 6-3

Oakland got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Josh Reddick homered off of Ivan Nova, the 11th home run Nova has allowed this year. The Yankees offense wasn’t done, however, as they really went to work on Ross in the top of the 5th, with five straight left-handed batters due up to start the inning. Cano led things off with a home run to center, and then Mark Teixeira followed that up with a double that Seth Smith misplayed in left field, but got himself thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Raul Ibanez followed that with a double of his own, before Nick Swisher took the eighth pitch of his at bat the other way and dropped the ball just over the leftfield wall for a two run home run to put the Yankees up 6-1.

For his part, Nova was good, but not great. He allowed three runs in the game, with two of them coming via the big fly (a seventh inning lead off homer by Kila Ka’aihue being the other), but also completed seven innings on the mound while allowing six hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.… Click here to read the rest