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.