YES, WFAN re-up simulcast deal

On the matter of pitching depth
Open Thread: Fun Media Guide Facts

Every day from 1 until 6:30 on YES, you can watch Mike Francessa talk to himself. It’s part of YES’s simulcast deal with WFAN, which allows the Yankees-backed station to broadcast Mike and The Mad Dog, now Mike’D Up. This gives YES content throughout the day so they don’t have to re-air the same Yankees Classics and Yankeeographies every afternoon. You can expect to see Francessa and his ego for years to come, as the two parties have agreed to a new multi-year deal. Also simulcast on YES: The NFL Now, also hosted by Francessa.

On the matter of pitching depth
Open Thread: Fun Media Guide Facts
  • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

    This deal is YOOOOOOOGE.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      lol. I’m actually laughing

  • jsbrendog

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • whozat

      Way to work around the over-long post lines!

      Is this automatic, now?

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    At least Francesa is slightly smarter when it comes to the NFL.

    /optimism

  • LC

    I’m so glad they are rewarding such a good, knowledgeable guy with a large contract. Francesca really knows his stuff and isn’t annoying at all.

  • La Costco Nostra
  • Josh

    Blech. Man I can’t stand Francessa. It’s much easier for me to listen to WEEI- and I hate the Red Sox- but at least those guys occasionally make some sense and come up with some quality insight on occasion(though the callers are normally a waste of oxygen)

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    There’s so much quality in the first 6 comments or so of this thread, it’s unreal.

  • Reggie C.

    The man has his following. Say what you say ’bout the man. Francessa may be borderline idiotic in the new world of baseball statistics, but that doesn’t mean NY’ers tune him out.

    • La Costco Nostra

      You can’t imagine how much human beings love to aggravate themselves.

    • Reggie C.

      by “baseball statistics” , i really meant player valuation modes. Its changed so much in the past 5 years, yet Francessa still spews the old stuff. Francessa knows basic stats and history. He’s good at that.

    • Chris C.

      “Francessa may be borderline idiotic in the new world of baseball statistics, but that doesn’t mean NY’ers tune him out.”

      That’s because NYers who like to listen to sports talk stations and don’t have satellite radio are stuck with the guy. I mean, what are their options in the mid-afternoon? Francessa or Kay.

      Now, I’m not a huge fan or Russo, but at least he was there to keep Francessa’s head intact when he went off on one of his name-dropping or know-it-all rants.
      Now there’s nobody keeping his ego in check, and he’s so intolerable to listen to. But he and Kay are the only games in town on basic radio.

      If you hated “24” but the only channel on your TV was FOX, you’d learn to tolerate “24”. And don’t tell me you’d read a book instead. Only 10% of the people who say that actually do read books.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Its amazing to think there was a world, about 20 years ago, where Mike& the MadDog actually RAISED the level of sports debate that was common at the time in newspapers and television broadcasts. But the world has changed a LOT since then.

    In any case, I like Mike and still listen daily. He gets more things right than wrong for the most part. But just as you might have an uncle who you like, but who can be utterly dead wrong/outdated about certain things, I chalk up a lot of his old school ways as being generational and don’t hold them against him.

    Actually, I find it unfortunate that there’s such a divide and such animosity between the old school types and the sabermetric types. If anything, statistical analysis has PROVEN many of the old Baseball axioms the old school guys lived by. And yes, there are certain things you can still only pick up by watching the games. If statistical analysis was everything, teams wouldn’t need scouts. For a well run organization its not an either/or, it’s both.

    • mustang

      “Actually, I find it unfortunate that there’s such a divide and such animosity between the old school types and the sabermetric types. If anything, statistical analysis has PROVEN many of the old Baseball axioms the old school guys lived by. And yes, there are certain things you can still only pick up by watching the games. If statistical analysis was everything, teams wouldn’t need scouts. For a well run organization its not an either/or, it’s both.”

      Sorry tommie, but this guy is now my favorite commentator. I mean talk about hitting the nail on the head.
      Totally agree.

    • mustang

      I do disagree with you on Mike. I think it’s less of an old school thing and more of an ego thing. He was so much better before he started believing his own ratings.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    are u kiddin meeeeeeeeeee intead of giving all the yankees spring training games we have to hear francesa talk alot of crap he doesnt eve like listening to other people opinions just because he thinks hes always right wat is yes doinnnnnn

  • The Scout

    It isn’t all generational. I am past 50 myself and I can’t stomach the guy for more than five minutes at a time. It was awful when he had his partner in irritation there with him, but it has gotten any more watchable/listenable since the dog left.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      You may like or dislike the guy, that’s not what I mean by ‘generational’. I’m talking about the divide between the Billy Beane/Bill James types and the old school Baseball men. Mike was a long critic of Beane and pretty much ignored Bill James.

      That debate is over, and Bill James has won. The 04/06 Red Sox proved that once and for all.

      • Rich

        I view the dividing line in that debate as more intellectual than generational. More specifically, I don’t care how old you are, when new information that is supported by data supercedes an existing model (in any field), you junk the old paradigm, and embrace the new one. Unless, of course, you’re an idiot.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        BTW-07 Sox. 06 was the shitty Cards team.

  • Rich

    Apart from Yankee games, YES’ programming sucks.

    At least that Russo guy is gone.

  • Frank B.

    Right Scout, like you, past 50, can’t stand him either… rather listen to Kay on 1050. Kay is somewhat less irritating (on the radio show) and much less dogmatic.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Kay is less dogmatic? The guy who describes himself as ‘seeing the world in black and white’?

      If Kay is less dogmatic, its just because he doesn’t even know what the dogma of Baseball is. He’s a journalist who happened to write about Baseball.

      • Frank B.

        My bad… Francesa is less DOGmatic.. since Russo left… sorry.

      • Chris C.

        Kay is annoying too.

        I don’t need to know, nor do I care why he doesn’t get along with Joe Torre or Mike Mussina. That is personal, and doesn’t belong on the radio.

        Even worse, Kay lets his personal relationships get in the way of his opinions of the jobs people do.

        Doesn’t like Mussina, so he thought the Yankees should never have brought him back for 2008. Doesn’t like Torre, so he spent the entire year pimping Girardi as the answer to the Yankees prayers.

  • Joseph M

    I enjoy the show alot more now that Russo is gone.

    For those of you who don’t like Mike consider the alternative, they could have stuck us with infomercials.

    • Chris C.

      “I enjoy the show alot more now that Russo is gone.”

      Ehhh, that’s your opinion, I guess. But they weren’t the most successful duo in NY for over 20 years because Russo detracted from the show, that’s for sure. Now, I can’t remember the last time I gave a crap about a guest Francessa had on. I really can’t.

      “For those of you who don’t like Mike consider the alternative, they could have stuck us with infomercials.”

      Exactly. And that is why a good percentage of Francessa’s listeners aren’t really fans. There is no alternative.

  • andrew

    ugh i hate this crap, never was a fan of wfan sportstalk….id much rather see classics……but as joseph m pointed out its better than nothing…..or infomercials.

  • Zack

    It’s simple, if you dont like it then don’t listen.
    As for Michael Kay, such a phony. He called out Torre for going on WFAN and said he had soft questions and he didnt go on Kay’s show because he knew he would ask him hard questions- I can’t wait til the first time he talks with ARod on YES and doesnt mention roids

    • Chris C.

      Right…….he’s been killing Torre on the radio for the past 5 years, then is befuddled as to why Torre gave WFAN the interview.

      Kay’s another guy who’s ego has grown with his paycheck. He’s the same guy who didn’t think it was fair that Jerry Manual had to enter the season as a lame duck manager on the last year of his contract (he’s since gotten an extension)…….yet he railed against Torre for wanting more than a one year deal by calling him greedy.

      So Manual, a guy wo hasn’t accomplished anything yet, can be offended by lame-duck status, but a guy who has 4 championships and 12 straight playoff appearences can’t?

  • Klemy

    No. You’re all crazy. I’d rather watch Sham-WOW and Slap-Chop infomercials everyday, rather then Mike. Better yet, just have Vince host Mike’d Up from here on out.

    • JohnnyC

      You’ll like his nuts.