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NFT: Last Year for Ken Singleton in Yankee Booth

GeofromNJ : 3/12/2018 1:50 pm
(I didn't see this posted.) Unfortunately it's not the last year for Michael Kay who is close to insufferable without his lame home run call, and insufferable with it. Ken Singleton is a class act, a calm and knowledgeable voice in the booth, and he should have been given Kay's position years ago.
Will miss Kenny. Nice to see him leaving on his terms though  
DennyInDenville : 3/12/2018 1:53 pm : link
He's definitely getting old and seems like he will take the Katt route and leave and enjoy more of life before life takes him.

Love Ken Singleton and those west coast games late at night w/o Kay.

Kenny and Cone on the west coast was some great content.
that is terrible  
Essex : 3/12/2018 1:54 pm : link
Kenny is great; Michael Kaye is insufferable. Having great announcers is a must for baseball as you ask me to tune in 3+ hours a night and to listen to them. The fact that the Yanks have Kay and Sterling are disgraceful and the only thing as a Yankees fan that I am jealous of the Mets are their announcers. They have A+ quality and we just don't. And, because Kay is like the face of the YES Network it is not changing anytime soon unfortunately.
Sorry to hear this.  
bceagle05 : 3/12/2018 1:55 pm : link
I agree about his play-by-play abilities - he's a much better listen than Michael Kay. Better voice, less ego, and obviously far more knowledge of the game. When he's paired with Cone it's a great listen.
Big loss  
Matt M. : 3/12/2018 1:58 pm : link
One of my favorite Yankee broadcasters. The games where he does play by play are always the best broadcasts of the year.
that's too bad. I like his style and I always feel like I learn  
Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 2:02 pm : link
something when he calls the game.

Kay is a total asshole.

Kenny Singleton...  
M.S. : 3/12/2018 2:02 pm : link

...a class act, one of Mt. Vernon's finest!

RE: that is terrible  
M.S. : 3/12/2018 2:03 pm : link
In comment 13860019 Essex said:
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Kenny is great; Michael Kaye is insufferable. Having great announcers is a must for baseball as you ask me to tune in 3+ hours a night and to listen to them. The fact that the Yanks have Kay and Sterling are disgraceful and the only thing as a Yankees fan that I am jealous of the Mets are their announcers. They have A+ quality and we just don't. And, because Kay is like the face of the YES Network it is not changing anytime soon unfortunately.

"Michael Kaye is insufferable."

That is putting it in very polite terms.
I remember last year Ryan Ruocco  
bceagle05 : 3/12/2018 2:06 pm : link
was doing play-by-play on the road trip where Judge almost hit one out of Safeco Field. Ruocco really nailed the call. Fast forward a few days later, I'm listening to Michael Kay's radio show and Kay mentioned how much attention that call was getting - you could tell how much it irritated him that his "understudy" stole the show. I wonder if he's hearing the footsteps a little?
even Sterling is better than Kay. Though he's become a caricature  
Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 2:16 pm : link
at least he has been a legit professional broadcaster, for the Braves and Hawks on TBS, Islanders on the radio, and has a great radio voice.

Kay is just a melon headed dooshbag who owes his job to being Steinbrenner's plant at the Post during the bad old days. He owes his living to being a disgraceful colon licker with George's shit on his neck.
I  
mitch300 : 3/12/2018 2:48 pm : link
must be in the minority. I think Kay does a great job. I enjoy how he will ask questions to the color guys to get information only a player would know. To each his own I guess.
BTW to all that hates Kay, have you listened to other play by play guys around the league?
RE: even Sterling is better than Kay. Though he's become a caricature  
Gatorade Dunk : 3/12/2018 2:48 pm : link
In comment 13860067 Victor in CT said:
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at least he has been a legit professional broadcaster, for the Braves and Hawks on TBS, Islanders on the radio, and has a great radio voice.

Kay is just a melon headed dooshbag who owes his job to being Steinbrenner's plant at the Post during the bad old days. He owes his living to being a disgraceful colon licker with George's shit on his neck.

There is not a sports broadcaster, at any level, on any sport, anywhere in the world, that is worse than John Sterling. I would rather listen to the Boom Goes the Dynamite kid every night than listen to Sterling. John Sterling makes me want to listen to the games on mute.
RE: RE: even Sterling is better than Kay. Though he's become a caricature  
Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 3:09 pm : link
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at least he has been a legit professional broadcaster, for the Braves and Hawks on TBS, Islanders on the radio, and has a great radio voice.

Kay is just a melon headed dooshbag who owes his job to being Steinbrenner's plant at the Post during the bad old days. He owes his living to being a disgraceful colon licker with George's shit on his neck.


There is not a sports broadcaster, at any level, on any sport, anywhere in the world, that is worse than John Sterling. I would rather listen to the Boom Goes the Dynamite kid every night than listen to Sterling. John Sterling makes me want to listen to the games on mute.


He's never been my favorite, but I don't find him to be THAT bad.

On the other hand, Suzyn Waldman..............................UGH!!!
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arcarsenal : 3/12/2018 3:13 pm : link
The way Waldman pronounces words like "ALAWT" or "NAWT" drives me fucking crazy. Her voice makes me nauseous. It's like you can smell her old shitty breath through the speakers.
Sterling and Waldman make it impossible to listen to the Yankees  
mikeinbloomfield : 3/12/2018 3:14 pm : link
on the radio. What I wouldn't give for another game with Scooter and Bill White. Their can't be another fanbase that hates its radio guys as much as we do.

The YES guys are only marginally better, especially with Cone and Singleton and now we're losing him. I'm going to be watching on mute from now on.
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Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 3:22 pm : link
In comment 13860208 arcarsenal said:
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The way Waldman pronounces words like "ALAWT" or "NAWT" drives me fucking crazy. Her voice makes me nauseous. It's like you can smell her old shitty breath through the speakers.


possibly best description of her nausea inducing spew yet! well done arc.
Really bummed to hear about Singleton retiring  
mfsd : 3/12/2018 3:32 pm : link
Good for him to go out on his terms, but agree with y’all that the quality of the Yanks announcing group will suffer.

Just last week caught a few innings of a spring training game with Singleton and O’Neill doing the game, they were great - 2 all star right fielders from different eras telling stories from the old days and talking baseball.
on a more serious note, it's hard to believe that he's 70 already  
Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 3:43 pm : link
I remeber when I was a kid he was going to be a phenom for the Mets. And he did become a terrific player, professional hitter. But they traded him to get Rusty Staub.
That's too bad, I enjoy listening to him.  
Mad Mike : 3/12/2018 3:44 pm : link
I didn't realize he's 70 (though it's not hard to do the math based on when he played). He's aged pretty damm well.

Fun fact - he's tied with Yaz for the 2nd most walks in the decade of the 70's (way) behind Joe Morgan. And unlike Joe Morgan, he doesn't seem to have forgotten the value of walks since his playing days ended.
RE: RE: RE: even Sterling is better than Kay. Though he's become a caricature  
HomerJones45 : 3/12/2018 3:54 pm : link
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at least he has been a legit professional broadcaster, for the Braves and Hawks on TBS, Islanders on the radio, and has a great radio voice.

Kay is just a melon headed dooshbag who owes his job to being Steinbrenner's plant at the Post during the bad old days. He owes his living to being a disgraceful colon licker with George's shit on his neck.


There is not a sports broadcaster, at any level, on any sport, anywhere in the world, that is worse than John Sterling. I would rather listen to the Boom Goes the Dynamite kid every night than listen to Sterling. John Sterling makes me want to listen to the games on mute.



He's never been my favorite, but I don't find him to be THAT bad.

On the other hand, Suzyn Waldman..............................UGH!!!
Sterling is a professional broadcaster. He kind of gave up when he got stuck with the human cliche machine. Who can blame him; if the team isn't going to take radio seriously, why should he.

The tv broadcasts without the relief of a few innings of Singleton will be unlistenable between Kay's head-as-big-as-a-haystack bullshit, Cone's persistent babbling and Mr. Personality John Flaherty.

I wish a long and happy retirement to Singleton and he will certainly be missed.
Kay sucks. Cone
yeah Homer, Flaherty is like listening to a bottle of Sominex  
Victor in CT : 3/12/2018 4:12 pm : link
he's knowledgeable but just no personality at all. Too bad.
Great quote from Axisa / RAB  
JoeMoney19 : 3/12/2018 4:23 pm : link
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Gatorade Dunk : 3/12/2018 4:41 pm : link
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at least he has been a legit professional broadcaster, for the Braves and Hawks on TBS, Islanders on the radio, and has a great radio voice.

Kay is just a melon headed dooshbag who owes his job to being Steinbrenner's plant at the Post during the bad old days. He owes his living to being a disgraceful colon licker with George's shit on his neck.


There is not a sports broadcaster, at any level, on any sport, anywhere in the world, that is worse than John Sterling. I would rather listen to the Boom Goes the Dynamite kid every night than listen to Sterling. John Sterling makes me want to listen to the games on mute.



He's never been my favorite, but I don't find him to be THAT bad.

On the other hand, Suzyn Waldman..............................UGH!!!

Sterling is a professional broadcaster. He kind of gave up when he got stuck with the human cliche machine. Who can blame him; if the team isn't going to take radio seriously, why should he.

The tv broadcasts without the relief of a few innings of Singleton will be unlistenable between Kay's head-as-big-as-a-haystack bullshit, Cone's persistent babbling and Mr. Personality John Flaherty.

I wish a long and happy retirement to Singleton and he will certainly be missed.
Kay sucks. Cone

Sterling is nothing more than a series of hackneyed HR calls and a steady stream of "you know I say it all the time, you JUST CAN'T PREDICT BASEBALL." He is the worst broadcaster in any sport. Worse than Kay (who isn't nearly as bad as some here are making him out to be); worse than Waldman (by a wide margin, too, even though her rah-rah routine is tiring); worse than Jon Gruden was, worse than Clyde Frazier is, worse than John Minko calling St. John's basketball; worse than Moose Johnston calling NFL games.

John Sterling makes my ears bleed.
I'm no Kay fan but was a nice guy to me and my family  
haper : 3/12/2018 5:33 pm : link
I've always disliked Kay, from his radio show to his baseball play-by-play. But I had one encounter with him at the stadium and he was very nice. To beat traffic we arrived way early to one of the playoff games last year so decided to walk around. Ran into Kay, Cone and O'Neill at the outdoor bar area in straight away center where they were waiting around to pre-tape some segment.

Kay was walking around talking to what few fans were there, spent the time to listen to one of my sister's rambling stories that I usually can't sit through. He shook my dad's hand and asked how long he'd been coming to Yankee games (my dad is 80 now).

All the while Cone and O'Neill were huddled in the corner trying to stay in what little shade was left by the setting sun. When it was time for them to tape the segment, Cone and O'Neill walked over and hardly acknowledged the fans standing around.
RE: yeah Homer, Flaherty is like listening to a bottle of Sominex  
HomerJones45 : 3/12/2018 5:40 pm : link
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he's knowledgeable but just no personality at all. Too bad.
It is because he is both knowledgeable and earnest.
Have  
mitch300 : 3/12/2018 5:57 pm : link
any of you listened to any other teams broadcast. Yeah Sterling is bad. However, on the TV side try listening to any Chicago broadcast or bay area broadcast.
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