Kaat wanted to return to YES booth

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One guy I always enjoyed in the YES booth was Jim Kaat. He has a fine grasp of the game and can relate amusing anecdotes to kill some of the down time a commentating team faces over the course of a season. He retired after the 2006 season and his replacement, John Flaherty for the most part, hasn’t been up to snuff in my opinion. Good news, though: Kaat will be on the team for the first game at the new Stadium. The bad new: he’ll be joined by Bob Costas (get over yourself) and Harold Reynolds (B-Jobber).

What saddens me most, though, is that according to the above-linked Bob Raissman article, Kaat wanted to return to the booth. YES said no, however, opting to go with their current rotation. True, Kaat probably doesn’t have many more years in him, but he’s clearly better than a few of the personalities YES puts alongside Michael Kay and Ken Singleton.

h/t BBTF

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  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

    I certainly hope you are not talking about David Cone or Paul O’Neil. Those guys rule as announcers like they ruled on the diamond. Well I like their Michael Kay’s got a big head jokes.

    • Jay CT

      I also like Coney and O’Neil. I personally liked Kaat more then some in the booth now, but I think its cool that YES shows some loyalty to the guys who work for them. Maybe its not loyalty, but thats how I read it.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I hate O’Neil, he’s an idiot and he really showed a lot of douchebaggery with the whole #21 fiasco.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        “I hate O’Neill as a broadcaster…”

        • dane bramage

          I bet he holds the same opinion of you!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/ps3tf2/ Double-J

    Kaat was, along with Bobby Murcer, my two favorite announcers on the YES staff, mostly because of their stories as well as the knowledge they brought to the commentary. Singleton I like as well, though not as much. Leiter is okay, I can’t warm up to Cone. And Kay has a case on himself…DO NOT WANT.

  • Tom Zig

    Best announcer line up:

    Jim Kaat
    Paul O’Neill
    David Cone

    • pounder

      Lets get a petition going to bring Kaat back.

  • John

    whats so bad about Costas?

    sorry i dont have YES here in the Rockies

    • Jay CT

      I used to like Costas. I don’t know exactly why others don’t like him, but to me, it feels that he has sold out. He seems so like out of it now… I like when the announcers show a bit of love for their work (NOT STERLING/SUSYN LOVE THOUGH… UGHHHHH) and I don’t think Costas relates well to his audience. Just my opinion though

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Costas is a self-appointed “Keeper Of The Game”.

  • Rich

    I actually didn’t love Kaat, except when he was talking about the art of pitching, but he was far better than Cone, who just spouts provably false nonsense.

    • Simon B.

      Like what? It seems like Cone is pretty knowledgeable about this stuff most of the time.

      • Rich

        Most recently, that the Yankees didn’t re-sign Abreu because Nady was an “offensive force” on the Yankees and that he is “the least of Girardi’s worries.”

        What Cone failed to mention is that Nady’s OPS+ as a Yankee was 105; that if the Yankees had offered Abreu arbitration, his salary would have been at least $16 million; and that the Yankees acquired Swisher before Abreu’s asking price plummeted.

        • steve (different one)

          i think you are asking a LOT from an announcer to get into that level of detail.

          • Rich

            I’m not asking them to get into detail. I just don’t want him to make stuff up.

            Both Singleton and Leiter are great, and O’Neill is good by just being himself. If Cone is going to stick around, he should try to emulate them.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    That sucks i was looking forward to seen Kaat this year on the yes booth.He was really exited about doing this i read it in his blog.

  • Simon B.

    I like Kaat, but they already have a zillion color guys, and I think most of them are pretty good in their own right.

    What they could use in a new play-by-play guy.

    • Giuseppe Franco

      Kaat did play-by-play. He and Singleton often switched roles when they were on together.

      I know he called Wells’ perfect game.

  • Tom Zig

    If John Flaherty could change his hair style, maybe he wouldn’t be so atrocious?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      I think hes a neonazi.

  • http://nyyankeesrumors.com/ Zell

    I love the crew the YES Network has, but I always wanted Kitty to return.

    btw..we got some great new photos up on the site:


  • owine

    I just wish YES could have the same announcing team for every game. That’s something I love that networks like NESN do. Kay doesn’t even do every game.

    • jimmy

      Kay doesn’t do games in texas in the summer. those are pretty much the only games he misses.


    Flaherty is terrible. All he does is bitch and whine about how he was a terrible player and the Unit’s personal catcher. My ideal booth is Kay-Leiter- and a hitter to balance it out so either Singleton(my primary preference) or O’Neill. I know people like hearing Kay and Pauly Pringles go at it.

  • Jimbo

    YES doesn’t want Kaat because he refused to follow their force-fed scripts and to second-guess Torre as instructed.

    John Flaherty was an extra (he had no lines) in a play I saw last night in Nyack, NY called The Banshee of Crokey Hill. When they introduced the cast after the ending, everyone, including all the extras, came out and took a bow. They said he had already gone home.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Agree 100% Joe. Loved Kaat, don’t like Flaherty and Costas takes himself way too seriously when it comes to Baseball.

    To be fair though, if were going to knock Harold “I dont do my homework” Reynolds as a B-Jobber (which he is) we have to add that Kaat is in that camp as well.

    “Now, the most important part of the team is the bullpen because other than Sabathia, very few of the starters are going to pitch a complete game. Most of you fans remember the teams of the late 90’s. Solid lineup and durable, effective starters. But the strength of those teams that enabled them to win was the corps of quality pitchers in the bullpen. Ramiro Mendoza, Mike Stanton, and Jeff Nelson. Mo was a set up guy to start with for John Wetteland. That is one of the big reasons I feel Joba Chamberlain would be a stronger asset pitching the eighth inning. I was fortunate to be on the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. Whitey Herzog built the pitching staff from the ninth inning back. Bruce Sutter was a two-inning closer. Doug Bair was a hard-throwing righty and Jeff Lahti had a wicked slider from the right side. I was a lefty specialist and did fine in that role. We seldom lost if we led after six innings. That’s what the Yankees have to get back to doing. Put the thought in the opposing managers mind that if they aren’t ahead after six it’s going to be difficult to beat them.

    Joba, in my opinion, hasn’t had enough starts to give him a foundation and a good routine that a starter must possess. I’m not saying he couldn’t do it, I just don’t think he’s been prepped enough to do it over a full season. Starting 50-75 games in the minors is the best preparation. How to work out of jams and use all your pitches and know when to use them. Knowing when to conserve your best breaking ball for the key situations. Find a cruising speed for your fastball and be able to put a ‘little extra’ on it when necessary as Dizzy Dean used to say. As a reliever, you’re more of a thrower than a pitcher. The key to the Yankees success will be Joba and Mo at the end and finding a combination of righties and lefties that can get a few key outs before that.

    I’d also like to see managers start to think about saving the game in the seventh or eighth inning if the situation warrants it. Have your relievers pitch the ninth in Spring Training and some blow out wins early in the year. The last three outs are the toughest to get and it takes a different mentality to be able to finish the game without a safety net like Mo behind you all the time.”


  • Stanton Social

    Clearly the worst announcer by far is Singleton and that cant be debated. What he says doesnt make any sense. And he always cuts himself off short when he forgets what he was saying and mispronounces words. He is terrible. When Kay isnt there (and Kay isnt great in his own right) and Singleton is doing the play by play, it is just terrible to listen too.

    Cone and O’neill and Cone are good, because they fool around and bring something else besides Kay’s repetitive stories or singleton’s monotonous nothings. I agree with some of the other people that Flaherty is too serious and too conservative.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I think it can and will be debated, Stanton.

      • Stanton Social

        I dunno, out of the current announcers, who is worse and gets equal airtime?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          You’re not going to find someone who gets as much airtime as Singleton, because he does almost every game. Even more than Kay, I would imagine. If he could take over as play-by-play guy I’d welcome it.

          I like Singleton far more as a color guy than Flaherty or O’Neill. Neither brings a lot to the table. Coney and Leiter are all right in my book

    • steve (different one)

      Singleton is the best guy they have.

  • Joseph M

    I’m surprised at the negative comments about Flaherty, he shows good potential. Al Leiter has not lived up to what was expected and I don’t see a great deal of potential there. I would have replaced him with Kaat.

    Costas is beyond terrible, thank God he was never added to the Yankee crew (he wanted a spot when YES was ramping up).

    Let’s face it, the Yanks have issues both on the TV side and the radio side (radio is a lost cause in my opinion) and leave it at that.

  • Simon B.

    I think Flaherty has a good deal of technical skill—that is, he’s obviously a very intelligent guy and an excellent speaker, but he’s so straightlaced and boring. I don’t find him particularly objectionable, but he’s probably my least favorite color guy, and I think that says a lot about how good most of them are, not how bad he is. I’d rank them:

    1. Singleton
    2. Cone
    3. Leiter
    4. O’Neill
    5. Flaherty

  • Farva

    Costas is the best. You crucify him because he doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominator.

    His kind is a dying breed – a broadcaster that actually makes YOU smarter for watching/listening.

    Why hire the guy who’s educated, well-read, and culturally-literate… makes no sense.

    The analogy here is when you guys rip on Mike & the Mad Dog etc etc… and then I hear the RAB Podcasts… hmmm… yea… if it’s so easy…

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