Jan
24

Report: Kim Jones will not be back in 2012

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Via Neil Best, Kim Jones will not be back as the YES Network’s clubhouse/sideline reporter in 2012. They offered her a contract, but she’s decided to pursue other opportunities after seven seasons on the job. I enjoyed Kim’s reporting and wish her the best, but I sure hope this means a lot more Jack Curry.

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  1. they should have given her Suzy’s job…oh well…being the goofy on field reporter has a saturation point I guess.

  2. Moonimus says:

    My best memory of Kim Jones was when someone took a bite out of a turkey leg while she was reporting. Maybe in Kansas? Good luck Kim!

  3. Phife Dawg says:

    Please no more Nancy Newman. She is awful.

    Bring back Fred Hickman!

    • Craig Maduro says:

      They don’t need Watney. Just advertise the opening, hold “interviews” and pick the hottest one.

      • UncleArgyle says:

        Not to be a male chouvinist, but I agree. The YES Network needs some eye candy to parade around. It will make losses more tolerable.

        • Kiko Jones says:

          Not to be a male chauvinist, but I agree. The YES Network needs some eye candy to parade around.

          Not a drooling knucklehead either, but a knowledgeable cutie would be welcome. We had a grandma and a soccer mom, which I didn’t mind so much but always found interesting, since other sports networks seem to go for the eye candy big time.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      She’s with the Lakers now.

  4. tony says:

    She used to love Tex. She always tried to get him after the game. I think something was going on between them!

  5. Dick Whitman says:

    Somewhere PeteAbe weeps into his phish food

  6. Will says:

    I won’t miss her awkward mannerisms. I doubt she’ll find a better gig out there. Bring on Erin Andrews!

  7. Dick Whitman says:

    Somewhere PeteAbe weeps into his phish food…

  8. CJ says:

    Kim Jones did a great job. Solid reporting and a genuine likable personality. No schtick or gimmicks.

  9. Steve (different one) says:

    Full time Penn State scandal reporter for the Fan?

    • Brian says:

      Francessa’s co-host… Mike and Lil’ kim?

    • Pasqua says:

      Not out of the realm of possibility. Especially with Francessa’s contract coming due in the next couple of years.

      • Rick says:

        Haha I was thinking the same thing but then I remembered a statement in the past from Mike. “I have never reached the end of my contract, it’s always been extended at least two years before it’s come due. I sign 5 year deals and never reach the end.”… He must have ranted on this topic for a solid 25 minutes

  10. Lazerri Scooter says:

    I’ll miss her. Hope she finds happiness and prosperity in her future endeavors.

    Personally, I always enjoyed Kim’s professional and adequate reporting style. And I believe the players enjoyed conversing with her more than with Suzyn or some lame MSM reporter.

    Definitely, going to miss her comedic relationship with Jeter. Never knew for sure if all that chatter was friendly banter or angry bickering.

    Although, I think Kim is thrilled to be away from the ever creepy Michael Kay.

    • Judy B says:

      With a name like “Scooter” it’s no wonder you call Kay creepy! :) He’s the biggest dumbass on tv these days, no clue why or how he gets so many good people on his show. Can’t stand the way he invokes the name Rizzuto (the biggest homer EVER – miss him!!) then says there’s no room for fans in announcing. What an idiot. Too bad they don’t give Kim his job!

  11. FIPster Doofus says:

    Kim did a good job. She’ll be missed.

  12. parmesan says:

    Bummer. Kim Jones is awesome.

  13. JohnnyBGoode says:

    Always interviewed Abreu. They totally hooked up.
    Remember when Melky forgot English and Cano spoke for both of them lol.

  14. Robinson Tilapia says:

    She will be missed. Here’s hoping for bigger and better things for her.

  15. Jamey says:

    That’s kind of a surprise, wonder if they low balled her? Hopefully she isn’t headed to be another wasted paycheck at ESPN.

  16. Anthony says:

    Sad news. I think she does a great job ….

  17. Steve S. says:

    I’ll always remember her as the first reporter that consistently asked Torre tough questions, ones fans wanted answers to. Joe didn’t appreciate it, which made it good TV as well.

  18. Carl says:

    Said this on Twitter and Facebook, but of all the YES personnel it had to be Kim Jones to leave? I enjoyed her presence as the Yankees’ field & clubhouse reporter, and now I’ll be missing that. It couldn’t have been Nancy Newman instead? [sigh] Best of luck to Kim.

  19. Wilson says:

    Kim I’ll miss you and your giant hammers!

  20. EvoLuTioN says:

    shes prob gonna replace francesa

  21. RetroRob says:

    Bring back Michelle Beadle.

    Yes, this is a sexist comment, but I think they should view this as an opportunity to upgrade the on-field talent.

  22. Faiaz says:

    Speaking of Kim Jones… I’ve always noticed that she had an unsymmetrical jaw-line. Even with that she managed to look stunning. Does anyone know if she had a terrible accident that caused this? I have looked everywhere for an answer and frankly I don’t even know why finding this out matters to me so much, lol.

  23. Rob NY says:

    My fondest memories of Kim jones will be the 8 or so weeks leading up to Mike Mussina winning #20.
    Kim: “Mike how does it feel to be 8(7-0) wins away from 20?” and the eyebrow raises/eye rolls that ensued.

    She wasn’t great but they could do much worse. Good luck.

  24. bankers hours says:

    Kim got better as the years went by, dressed better and looked better. Need a woman in this line, young and good looking. As for her and Tex I think it was Arod that she had an on. she’ll be missed

  25. Faiaz says:

    Also, to everyone that are watching what they type or apologizing for wanting to see an attractive woman on the YES network covering the Yankees… Cmon’ guys, we are MEN, it’s perfectly normal to want to see what we want to see and voice our opinions. Technically don’t WE(not as in men but Yankees fans) pay all of their salaries? The women that are Yankees fans have all the players that they find attractive and maybe even male reporters as their eye candy. So I am not apologizing when I say… I WANT A CLASSY, ATTRACTIVE AND YOUNG WOMAN WITH GREAT REPORTING SKILLS TO REPLACE MS. JONES!!!!!

  26. Steve S. says:

    Every comment in this thread falls into two categories

    1-Wishing Kim well

    2-Bring in (Reporter X) that I have the hots for.

    • RetroRob says:

      I’m not really sure which female reporters I have the hots for(beyond Michelle Beadle, who is not coming back). I’m counting on the YES Network hiring staff to present me with a selection of candidates, and then host a prime-time YES special where we get to vote for on-field babe. There should be a swimsuit contest, a talent portion, and then the candidates should be asked how they would bring peace throughout the world. We will then vote.

      Seriously, in TV, producers shoot for a blend of male and female on-air talent, and obviously this is heavily male-dominated already, so they will be looking to replace a female with a female. Good looks and intelligence can go together. Really, they can.

  27. Monterowasdinero says:

    Wonder if she is truly a baseball/sports/Yankee fan or is a job just a job? She was always well prepared and, although not my cup of tea, it would be an interesting dinner date. So much to talk about.

    • RetroRob says:

      Unlikely. She wasn’t born in the NY area. She has a degree in sports journalism from Penn State, which is well-regarded in that area. She started as a print journalist before getting her Giants and Yankees gigs. If she’s a fan, it’s more because she’s covering those teams.

      Her reporting on WFAN regarding the Penn-State sex scandal might have elevated her standing and perhaps she’s been offered an opportnity for more serious reporting. The YES gig seems fun, but it’s bit light if she still wants to do more serious sports reporting. Just a guess.

      Like the rest, I wish her well. She’s had a better career already than 99.9% of sports journalism graduates.

  28. Dela G says:

    I’m going to miss you, Kim :(

  29. DM says:

    She improved over time, but I won’t miss her. And she’s admittedly a football girl at heart — so I doubt she’ll miss the demands of the Yankee gig.

  30. The 6'7 & Above Club says:

    I’ll suggest Cristina Stoffo. I believe she does the traffic for channel 5 in NY

  31. keith says:

    Any chance she is taking Michael Kay with her?

  32. Carl says:

    “…but I sure hope this means a lot more Jack Curry.”

    If Kim’s departure means Jack’s role with YES is expendable, somebody might have to take his spot as primary studio analyst sitting next to Bob Lorenz. First name I could think of is Willie if he wants it, having seen him on Yankees Baseball Daily and now that he’s no longer Orioles 3B coach. Another I could think of is Jon Lane of the MY YES Life in the Fast Lane Blog. And I saw somebody on Twitter bring up Coney as an option in the spot. Lou, he’s out of the question since he’s working with YES on a limited basis.

  33. Avi says:

    Heidi Watney please. Screw the DH. Give the money instead to Watney. Kim did a great job though.

  34. Andrew says:

    Kim was good. I am sad to see her go. But please let us not have the only female representative at YES be Nancy Newman. Go hire Ines Sainz please. Boom. http://www.unathleticmag.com/w.....nz-132.jpg (sfw)

  35. Manning to Manningham says:

    Not going to lose any sleep over this. I’ve always had an inexplicable dislike for Kim Jones. She just seemed so……….plastic.

  36. Tom Gaffney says:

    Ugh. Will they make Jack wear a dress? Not looking forward to that. I don’t think he has the legs for it.

  37. Oliver says:

    I was never a big Kim Jones fan and while I am glad she won’t be returning, hopefully they will be able to find a good replacement.

  38. JMK says:

    I realize on-air sports reporting is typically a frustrating exercise in shuffling around various cliches and that’s not Kim’s fault, but I really can’t remember ever thinking, “You know what, Kim, that was a really good question!”

    I didn’t particularly dislike Kim Jones, but these weird “OMG she was great” sentiment I’m reading here is puzzling.

    Red-blooded male or not, I want someone witty, knowledgable and able to craft questions that provide insight and force players and managers beyond the usual rehash of “both teams played hard!” Being hot doesn’t really factor into that equation.

    • Jon in CUO says:

      Agree. Kim had a tough assignment. Most of her job revolved around dealing with professional athletes who are trained to give boring PR statements – it’s really hard to do anything with that. That being said, I view her as eminently replaceable.

  39. Alex says:

    I vote for a knowledgeable and relatively young woman, preferably with glasses.

  40. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Kim was annoying, and Jack Curry is boring.

  41. Sam says:

    I thought Kim found her footing after a little while and did a solid job. I would really like Curry to do the daily reporting. He’s a great writer and reporter who is actually capable of breaking some news.

  42. Joseph Cecala says:

    Bring in someone really hot, wasn’t really a Kim fan, someone young and a lot of cleavage.

  43. forensic says:

    She was pretty terrible. No loss here.

  44. Rory says:

    I can’t believe this many people liked her, and are gonna miss her. The sound of her voice is friggin’ irritating. She needlessly name drops all the time, seemingly trying to puff up her credentials. It’s really great news that she won’t make my ears bleed anymore on YES. Hopefully, I won’t be seeing her anytime soon anywhere else. Fade into oblivion Kim.

  45. noseeum says:

    I’d fully support trading Pena or Nunez for Heidi Watney.

  46. JonS says:

    damn that sucks, i got to say i really did enjoy Kim, she actually knew what she was talking about. YES needs to get a few more younger women on the network. Get one blonde (they sell) and a brunette to balance it out. The host they have on YES are too old, time to bring in some youth.

    You will be missed Kim

  47. Dropped Third says:

    Big tit reporter who asks good questions > DH

  48. Vegetable Lasagna says:

    This is a mistake for Kim. There are only a few better jobs in the country and she walked away. Hopefully they hire another female, younger than Kim. I like to see Michael Kay have awkward conversations with the sideline reporter.

  49. Stryker says:

    i’m all for YES hiring what they believe to be a better reporter, but the male chauvinism in this thread is overwhelming and, honestly, disgusting. i thought better of the RAB readership and commenters. guess i was wrong.

    • Greg says:

      It’s not just male chauvinism. It’s buisness. It’s basic broadcasting tactics.

      Eye candy can attract viewers as long as the eye candy knows her stuff. That’s why Erin Andrews broke through. She looks good and she knows her stuff.

      So to suggest someone that is good looking and smart is not all chauvinism. It’s buisness.

  50. DM says:

    I hear Ted Nelson is angry over it.

    He calculated that Kim’s fWAR was 2.3 last year.

    He mildly feels that there is somewhat of a chance that a new girl might potentially affect the probable outcome of a game some time in the near or distant future.

  51. cr1 says:

    I hope they bring in someone who actually knows something about baseball, so we don’t have to go through what we did with Kim – a whole first year of slowly figuring out what was going on around her. Those who liked looking at her (in comparison with Suzyn, who was quite knowledgable, got on well with the players, and did great post-game interviews) didn’t seem to mind the dumb, repetitive questions. The only thing amusing about it was how the smarter players used to play with her more idiotic questions without her apparently realizing she was being played. But I thought then, and think now, that looks and knowledge of the game CAN go together — surely there’s someone out there who has both. Go get her!

    More of Jack Curry would also be welcome.

  52. Tony says:

    Lets hope they get a young attractive reporter. Kim was a little on the bland side.

  53. MrG says:

    Jenn. Sterger.

    Or maybe Minkas interested in joining. Would help her spend some more time with the captain.

  54. Greg says:

    I wonder if Bonnie Bernstein’s availible for the job? She’s not long in the tooth and she knows her sports. She also cohosted with Michael Kay for a bit so that might work.

  55. dean says:

    Hazel Mae !

  56. Kim Jones was a bright spot on the Yankee sidelines. She was knowledgeable in a non-uppity kind of way. She will be missed. Now the Yanks need to do something about the boring female announcer on their radio network.

  57. David says:

    I wish her all the best. I always admired how she was able to dodge (mostly) the fallout from AJ’s pies.

  58. Paul says:

    Kim was pretty good, I think most people will miss her.

  59. Pat says:

    Good riddin’s to Kim…..Jack Curry great….Kim always looked grubby….hair and Clothes…….surprised she lasted so long!!!!!!!!!!

  60. RamJet says:

    Kim you will surely be missed.

  61. tony says:

    they should hire jackie guerrido from unision……the yankees would break all viewer records …..
    even if shes not to baseball savyyyyy……well thats when an ear piece can be wisely used….
    plus shes from the bronx….and also bilingual…….a plus for the yes network…and yankee fans…..
    Arriba Jackie

  62. waynep says:

    She was a sweetheart. I would invite her over for dinner and eat her.

  63. Big L says:

    Kim Jones was knowledgeable and good looking. Dump Waldman.. She’s a dope who calls every player – it could be Jaime Moyer – a “kid”. That leather outfit she wore at the Parade was comical and the Bawston accent is irritating. Bring in the Jets reporter from SNY, Coakley.

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