The TYA staff on the Yankees' television and radio broadcast teams

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A few weeks ago we were approached by the excellent Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal for our general opinions on various aspects of the television and radio broadcast teams presently covering the Yankees. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, none of our answers ended up making it into Mike’s article, but he was good enough to grant permission for us to republish his questions and our answers here on the blog:

1) What do you think of the job John Sterling does as the Yankees’ play-by-play man on radio? Please explain why you like him or dislike him.

Larry Koestler: John Sterling has become an easy target among the Yankee faithful, particularly among the younger generation of fans. He’s bombastic, melodramatic and over-the-top, and has been rather famously and mercilessly teased for his theatrical and overeager home run call, which unfortunately seems to be applied to just about any ball hit in the air, regardless of how far it travels (“It is High!Click here to read the rest

YES Right, Raissman Wrong On Clemens

Bob Raissman, as his wont, fired off a rant against the YES Network’s treatment of the Roger Clemens indictment. Here are the key passages:

Seriously though, why would the brainiacs running YES, or suits in the Yankees front office, offer Clemens a cloud of media cover by initially blacking out news of his indictment? Maybe they don’t want their voices discussing the possibility of Andy Pettitte having to testify at a Clemens trial. Or the fact that any other current Yankee who was around Clemens when he was with the club could be subpoenaed.

Beyond that, the franchise has distanced itself from the Rocket. He has no current value, marketing or otherwise, to the Yankees or Al Yank. Nonetheless, there’s still some affection. Kay’s “report” was sympathetic, his tone melancholy. Cue the weeping violin.

“I don’t know if he lied to Congress but I’ll tell you this, on a personal level I got along great with Roger Clemens. I liked him.

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Help say "See ya!" to Michael Kay

Hey Yankee fans,

For those of you who may have missed it — and let’s face it, most of you probably did, given another gorgeous, if slightly muggy, weekend in the City — Yankeeist created a Facebook group page dedicated to ousting Michael Kay as the YES Network’s play-by-play announcer and replacing him with the inimitable Bob Lorenz. Lorenz’s voice was a sound for sore ears this past weekend, as YES took him out of the pre- and postgame studio and placed him in the booth with John Flaherty.

The result was nothing short of transformative, as Lorenz has a naturally smooth timbre to begin with, and is essentially the complete antithesis of Kay’s incessant whining and penchant for pointing things out that would be obvious to a three-year-old. While Lorenz’s dynamic with Flash was great, I couldn’t help but imagine how wonderful a game called by Bob and Kenny “Look Out!” Singleton or Bob and Al Leiter would sound, and the more folks who speak out in encouragement of adding Lorenz to the regular booth rotation, the more likely it becomes.… Click here to read the rest

If we get enough support, perhaps we can get Bob Lorenz to replace Michael Kay in the booth

Have you ever met a Yankee fan who likes Michael Kay? Me neither, which is why after Bob Lorenz’s sterling performance in the booth, it seemed appropriate to start a grassroots campaign to get Kay out as YES play-by-play announcer and Lorenz in! Show your support by joining our Facebook group:

Bob Lorenz to replace Michael Kay as YES play-by-play announcer [Facebook] … Click here to read the rest

A glimmer of hope on yet another gloomy winter morning

Think I’m all set on snow; thanks for checking though.

In far, far better news, Chad Jennings has the Yankees’ first lineup of 2010! Game’s at 1:05pm on YES; if you’re lucky enough to be home to watch, feel free to pipe in and let us know what’s going on in the comments section. Also, last night I saw a commercial featuring Michael Kay in which Kay claimed to have almost died to do a faulty carbon monoxide alarm, so I’d be curious to know whether he mentions this incident on air. That’s pretty serious stuff, and I’m surprised I haven’t seen this story covered anywhere in the New York sports media.

In a small bit of (non) news, Joba Chamberlain missed yesterday’s team outing to the arcade with flu-like symptoms. Clearly this never would’ve happened if they permanently put Joba back in the bullpen where he belongs. Guys with bulldog mentalities who can pitch teh ate are way too badass to ever get sick.… Click here to read the rest

Will we ever see a true sabermetrician in the play-by-play booth?

I know this particular bit of news is a few days old, but since I hadn’t gotten a chance to comment on it and it’s an otherwise slow Friday baseball morning in January, I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of those who will miss David Cone at the YES Network.

When Coney first showed up in the booth during the 2008 season I thought he was terrible. His voice sounded out of place (although I think this tends to happen anytime an unfamiliar voice turns up during Yankee broadcasts. When you watch a team 162 times a year, you tend to get used to the Michael Kays of the world, for better or for worse), and he seemed ill-prepared and out of sync.

Of course, I also felt the way about John Flaherty when he first started, and while Flaherty wouldn’t be my first choice were I to assemble a dream Yankee booth team, I’ve begun to appreciate what he brings to the table.… Click here to read the rest

Thank you, Nick Swisher, thank you

By Mike Jaggers-Radolf

Lost amid the excitement of the YES Network’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the ALCS was a segment looking into the offensive struggles of a Yankee who was a major contributor during the regular season but whose bat had gone cold in the playoffs. That Yankee: Nick Swisher. I know what you’re thinking. I thought it too — Nick Swisher?!

I’ve taken the liberty of pasting below the entire everyday Yankees lineup, along with their regular season slash stats and postseason slash stats. I’ve also put the list in order of the player the Yankees most needed to contribute this postseason through to the player that could die and the team would pretty much be fine (sorry Melky, nothing personal):


Regular Season

Post Season

BA

OBP

SLG

BA

OBP

SLG

Rodriguez

.286

.402

.565

.438

.548

.969

Teixeira

.292

.383

.532

.205

.273

.308

Jeter

.334

.406

.465

.297

.435

.595

Damon

.282

.365

.489

.238

.273

.405

Posada

.285

.363

.522

.258

.361

.484

Matsui

.274

.367

.509

.233

.395

.367

Cano

.320

.352

.520

.229

.341

.371

Swisher

.249

.371

.498

.125

.222

.156

Cabrera

.274

.336

.416

.314

.368

.371

The logic behind this order is that A-Rod and Tex are the best all-around hitters on the team.… Click here to read the rest

Game 151: Recap

So last night I liveblogged an entire Yankee game for the first time since last May. Good times ensued, and several players even stopped by, including last night’s starter, Andy Pettitte. How Pettitte was able to toss a quality start while simultaneously commenting on a random Yankee website is beyond me, but still very impressive.

Anyway, the Yankees lost last night’s affair 5-2, in a game which the usually patient Yankees allowed Angel starter Joe Saunders to pitch into the 9th inning. The team’s approach was clearly first-pitch swinging, and it looked like the strategy might work way back in the top of the 1st, but Saunders would get out of trouble and end up allowing almost no runs outside of solo home runs by A-Rod and Matsui. Otherwise the Yankees barely made Saunders work, and as a result the game flew by in a very un-Yankee like two hours and a half.

The Angels took advantage of a shaky Andy Pettitte in the first, plating two runs, but Pettitte really settled in afterward and ended up turning in a quality start.… Click here to read the rest

Memo To Michael Kay: Please Stop Talking

Wednesday night’s game had that special feel that is typically reserved for playoff games, no-hit bids, and four hour affairs against Boston. Derek Jeter had notched two hits in his first 3 at bats, and came to the plate in the 7th inning with an opportunity to tie Lou Gehrig. He singled to right and tied the record, and the crowd erupted around him. In the 8th, the crowd roared as he batted with a chance to claim the record for himself, but worked a walk against the aptly named Grant Balfour. For those in the Stadium, it must have been an exceptionally thrilling moment. For those of us watching at home, it was a great experience that was slightly diminished by the incessant babbling of Michael Kay.

During both at-bats Kay assailed us with prepared statements, kitschy lines, and inane platitudes about the greatness of Derek Jeter. Once Jeter notched the tying hit, it became obvious that Kay had scripted his reaction, as he launched into a lengthy speech that drowned out the reaction of the crowd.… Click here to read the rest