YES brings back Kay for three years

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Like him or hate him, Michael Kay will be calling Yankees games on YES for at least the next three years. Neil Best, in a column otherwise dedicated to Chris Russo’s first show on Sirius Radio, brings us the news. The deal will take him through 2011, giving him ten years with the station.

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  • Relaunch

    My day was going so well until I read this.

  • Mike A.

    Good to know the Joba starter/reliever debate will be around until 2011.

    • mustang

      I know your having a Michael Kay is back party.

      • Mike A.

        I can see the invitations now:

        See ya! at the Michael Kay contract extention party. Be there, or be fortuitous.

        • steve (different one)


          the Little Girl with the Curl

          • Mike A.

            Who’s betwixed and between.

            • Steve

              ‘Sorry’ doesn’t fix the lamp.

  • ceciguante


  • Marc

    You may be unhappy about this, but keep in mind that Kay is 1000x better than all the other announcers around baseball. Just listen to a Diamondbacks game…Or a Toronto Blue Jays game…Or worst yet, a Red Sucks game. They have TERRIBLE announcers. Yes Kay may be annoying, but he is still one of the best announcers in baseball.

    • Marc

      In addendum,

      As much as I hate the clicheness of John Sterling, he is still a great person to listen to the games with. Provides insight, and keeps them interesting. Now if he could just get rid of that cuntwhore Susan Waldman…


        Your out of your Damn mind. I think John Sterling is the WORST ANNOUNCER possible. he is good for maybe 4-5 calls a game but his in game stuff blows goats…

        He forgets , he screws up easy calls and worst of all are those 30 sec lapses of dead air. Does this idiot think I am watching the game? hellllloooooo I’m listening to radio here!!!!!!!!!

        • steve (different one)

          Sterling is a TERRIBLE play-by-play guy. just awful. he can’t accurately call the play as it is happening.

          “Abreu hits a deep drive, it is high it is far, it…..falls in front of the outfielder. Abreu is going for second, here is the throw, he’s out. no, he’s safe. the ball got away from the shortstop. how about that Suzyn?”

          • SAMIAMSPORTS

            that was dead on…

      • Rich

        Is that how you refer to your mother also?

    • KW

      I can’t say this is wrong, but Kay is farrrrrrrrrr from being one of the best. Kaat was 1000x the announcer Kay is, or even will be!

      • Marc

        I meant Kay is one of the best current announcers. Obviously Kaat ruled

        • Steve

          I’ll take Kenny Singleton on his worst day over Kay on his best.

    • radnom

      Um, what? I live outside of the market, so I have to watch games on, which means half the game I get the other team’s announcers. Sure, some of them are worse, and some of them are horrible homers (or both in the Red Sox’s case) but I wouldn’t put Kay anywhere near to top half of announcers. There are some good guys calling games for other teams.

      • Marc

        I am in the same boat. I watch the games on and listen to them on XM radio. I can’t freaking stand the blue jays guys or the diamondbacks tv guys. All other baseball games are just so f-ing boring without Kay/Sterling

    • Relaunch

      please tell me your joking. See Ya!

    • Chris

      I was in Canada last week and the only radio station I could get for part of the drive (other than the ones in french) was broadcasting the Toronto game. I don’t know who the announcer was, but he was far better than either Kay or Sterling.

      Of course, it also helped that he wasn’t trying to sell me something the entire time…

  • radnom

    Lets hope this terrible signing isnt an indication of what is to come this offseason.

    • dan

      Kay is just another in the long line of Cashman’s screw-ups.

      At least that’s when Steve Lombardi probably thinks.

      • Steve

        Cashman has a bad track record with pitchers.

        Does that make Kay the ‘catcher’ in this relationship?

  • steve (different one)



    (in the tune of the Michael Kay show)
    (make sure when you read/sing the song to these words you make it fit and it sounds right)

    Micheal Kay, signed a three year deal today.
    and I aint afraid to say that Im cringing.

    Michael Kay is the biggest prick of all
    and he cant make a good call for his life.

    omg his head is bigger than a cow….

    I mine as well, just never watch the yankeeeees cause of this arrogant idiot.

    Michael Kay……..

    well you get the idea

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      The Michael Kay Show theme song is the least masculine thing I’ve watched or listened to since Sixteen Candles.


        Sixteen Candles (1984)

        Samantha’s life is going downhill fast. The fifteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister’s getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Except for Judd Nelson. He was fucking HARSH.

          • SAMIAMSPORTS

            I’m pretty sure Judd Nelson wasn’t in sixteen candles. you thinking of either the Breakfast club or st elmos fire but good mistake

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos

              No, I was thinking of Jay and Silent Bob.


              Bethany: McHenry is pretty far from Jersey, might I ask what brings you guys to Illinois?

              Jay: Some fuck named John Hughes.

              Bethany: “16 Candles” John Hughes?

              Jay: You know him too?!? That fucking guy. Made this flick “16 Candles” right? Not bad; it’s got tits in it, but no bush. Of course Ebert over here don’t give a shit about that stuff cause he’s all in love with this John Hughes guy and rents every one of his movies. Fucking “Breakfast Club”, all these stupid kids actually show up to detention, fucking “Weird Science” where this one chick wants to take off her gear and get down, but aw, no she don’t cause it’s a PG movie, and then there’s “Pretty In Pink” which I can’t watch with this tubby muthafucker any more, because everytime we get to the part where the red head hooks up with her dream guy, he starts sobbin’ like a little eight-year-old with a skinned knee and shit. And nothing is worse then watching a fat man weep.

              See, all these movies take place in a small town called Shermer, in Illinois, where all the honeys are top-shelf, but all the dudes are whiny pussies – except for Judd Nelson, he was fuckin’ harsh – but best of all, there was no one dealin’, man… then, it hits me: we could live like PHAT RATS if we were the blunt connection in Shermer, Illinois. So we collected some money we were owed, and we caught a bus. You know what the fuck we found out when we got there? THERE IS NO Shermer in Illinois. Movies are fuckin’ bullshit.

              • SAMIAMSPORTS

                LOLOL…My bad .

                I cant beleive I didnt recognize a quote from the Great Jason Mewes….

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos

                  I feel like I’m Han, you’re Chewie, and she’s Ben Kenobi and we’re in that FUCKED UP BAR!…

  • MJ

    The Yanks consider themselves the brand-name of Major League Baseball and yet they seem content to have generic-brand crap as their on-air talent. Sterling, Waldman, and Kay are an embarrassment to the otherwise top-notch talent the Yanks strive to showcase.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Agreed. The Yankees should hire Morgan Freeman to announce the games, immediately.

      “After watching that play by Robinson Cano, I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged… Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.

      I guess I just miss Andy Stankiewicz.”

      • Mike A.

        Like a twinkie, like a twinkie.

      • steve (different one)

        I guess I just miss Andy Stankiewicz.


        • tommiesmithjohncarlos

          “I wish I could tell you that Alex got his big homer that night, and the crowd gave him a cheer… I wish I could tell you that – but baseball is no fairy-tale world. He never said what happened, but we all knew.

          Things went on like that for awhile – baseball life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Alex would show up with fresh 0-fers. The crowd kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ’em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Alex – that was his routine. I do believe those first four years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.”

      • Pablo Zevallos

        no, they should have Negrodamus (Chappelle refernece btw)

  • Chris

    I’m always curious what makes the networks sign these guys? I’m generally ambivalent to announcers, and only the really crappy ones bother me (McCarver in particular), but even I don’t understand why they keep renewing the contracts of some of these announcers.

    • JohnnyC

      Because there aren’t a whole bunch of good announcers out there, that’s why. Better the devil you know then…

  • TurnTwo


    looks like it’ll be another 3 years of yankees games with the volume off.

  • mark

    will he be wearing his charlie sheen bowling shirt for those three years?

  • yankeemonkey

    I don’t think the Red Sox announcers are that bad (TV, never heard the radio guys), in fact I rather like them. I think they’re far better than Kay or Sterling, that’s for sure. I also really like the Mets TV crew (sans Hernandez).

    However, Michael Kay is far from the worst announcer out there, White Sox and Rays have got the market cornered on that one.

    • Cam

      I like Jerry Remy and Don Orsilo, the Sox guys. I lived in MA for 5 years and I actually though that they were very respectful and insightful to the games. And it’s nice to have the same two announcers every night too. It brings in a feeling of continuity and cuts down on things getting repeated, which is something that happens often on YES.

  • kenthadley

    Leiter has come a long way, and has become a good analyst…..Singleton is ok also……but there are times when I think they miss someone good at holding it all together, which is the role Kay should be playing…..bring back White and Rizzuto……

  • Cam

    Just a thought that popped in my mind earlier this Summer when Kay did something stupid, how about Bob Lorenz taking over for Kay in 2011? He seems to have gotten better the last two years and since he knows all the guys announcing already, he would fit in easily. Then that bald guy who does the batting practice show could slot into Lorenz’s current spot.


      Chris Shearn i think his name is.

  • Yank Crank 20

    What exactly is everybody’s problem with Michael Kay? I know he tends to reiterate points that he has made before, but what would you all do if you had to call 150-155 games of one team a year? He’s not senile, he’s not bad at his job and he loves the Yankees. He was born and raised in New York and in my opinion does a pretty good job. Even if he wasn’t brought back you’d still be stuck with him because it’s not like they’d erase seven years of Yankees Classics and Center Stage interviews on YES. I’m glad Kay is back

    • steve (different one)

      you are entitled to your opinion. i am glad you enjoy him.

      but based on my own (admittedly anecdotal) experience, you are clearly in the minority.

      almost every yankee fan i have ever met thinks he is a jackass.


    ”he’s not bad at his job and he loves the Yankees”

    I dont know if you listen to his show ever. But he does NOT love the yankees . He claims hes not even a fan.

    • JohnnyC

      You can question whether Kay is a good announcer or not but don’t ever think he’s not a Yankees fan. He may claim that simply because he’s a sports talk host and he doesn’t want to seem biased or alienate half of his potential audience. I’ve met him and he’s thrilled that he’s working his dream job with the team he’s followed since he was in knee pants in the Bronx. By the way, Kay and Mike Breen invented New York radio sports call-in shows with One On One in 1980 when they were students at Fordham. Don’t tell me you’d rather have Gary Cohen do play-by-play.

    • Steve

      That’s him trying to show objectivity. Its standard practice in the sports media biz to hire someone who roots for one team to cover a different one. You hire a Packers fan to cover the Giants. Again, the thought is they will be more objective than a fan of the team will.

      But he readily admits he grew up a Yankee fan and calls this “his dream job”. In any case, he shills for the Yankee brass so much I don’t care what team he grew up rooting for. He’s a hack credibility wise. But I will say he’s one of the few reporters who has a clue about what the Yanks are all about and how they operate. Most beat reporters and commentators don’t.

  • Mike B.

    The Yankees have terrible announcers. Sterling is an absolute joke (wasn’t he fired after one season with the Braves? does someone here recall?) and the main reason I try not to listen to the Yankees on radio. When it comes to TV, I’m one of the guys who listens to the game with the sound off, so that should tell you what I think about Kay. As a die-hard Yankee fan, I find it fascinating that the Yanks have such weak announcers.


  • Rich

    The best thing about Michael Kay is he misses lots of games.

    • Steve

      . . and the big head. One of the few people you can make a Macy’s Day Parade Float for and not change the dimensions whatsoever.

  • K.V.C

    I can live with Kay if they get rid of his boyfriend Leiter and the equally annoying Cone. Team him with Singleton and rotate the others in and out.

  • Marty Puccio

    The aforementioned New York Yankees.

  • PaulT

    Kay sucks…If I hear again about how Leiter and Franco got Kazmir traded I will kill myself!!! And his banter with O’Neill and the other ex jocks is nauseating. Especially the forced laugh. I love O’Neill, but the guy aint Chris Rock

    Sterling is a joke. I cant even go into it I hate him so much. He must have pictures of Hank with a tranny

    Waldman makes me want to throw up in my mouth..WTF does she know about pitching mechanics?