Michael Kay inks new multi-year deal with the YES Network

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Michael Kay will continue to be the primary play-by-play voice of the Yankees after signing a new multi-year agreement with the YES Network, according to a release. Kay has been with YES since the network launched in 2002 and he’s not leaving anytime soon. No word on the other announcers, if you’re wondering.

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  • Dave

    Goddamit. I hate Michael Kay…

    • bigBadFrAn

      Why he best team insists on having the worst announcers is beyond me

  • Michael Kay

    Hmmm…maybe Derek Jeter will invite me to brunch at his apartment now. What should I wear that won’t make me look fat?

  • flamingo

    It’s like the Yankees won’t retire anyone with a signature home run call.

    (I actually like John Sterling. But Kay?!)

    • Winter

      Wait. You like Sterling? HOW?

      • flamingo

        It’s more nostalgia than anything, because I grew up with his shtick. But I do like him. It’s Waldman I really can’t stand. I think Sterling needs a new radio partner.

        • Winter

          Don’t really want an argument, but here’s John’s call of a ground ball double from last season (I apologize for the imbeciles giggling in the background): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOhgFjm98AE#t=6m36s

          • flamingo

            Nah, no argument. It’s the Boomer and Craig clip, right? I completely agree that his calls are sometimes atrocious. That’s why I want someone sitting next to him who’ll correct him when he goes off the rails like that.

      • Havok9120

        The same way everyone a generation older than me thinks the Scooter was the greatest announcer in the history of baseball.

        HOLY COW THERE IT G-…pop fly to the pitcher.

        • Jimmy

          There was something genuine about Scooter that Sterling doesn’t have. Everything with Sterling seems to be about using his shtick, its grating. Scooter was a bit like a goofy uncle. He didn’t force the “Holy Cow” or the “huckleberry” calls like Sterling forces his catchphrases. You had to have heard both for a while to compare them fairly.

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

            Completely agree. I was there for both.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Apples and oranges, though. There’s only one Phil Rizzuto.

            Sterling does have more of a rehearsed shtick for sure.

            I don’t like some of the simpleton stuff that goes on with John and Suzyn (some I don’t mind – I actually understood what they meant by “professional ballplayer” – sorry, Plouffy). I also realize that shaking your fist at the radio in anger is sometimes part of the experience. I don’t think having Bill James in the booth would be necessarily better, especially since he’d be wanking off to/on Dustin Pedroia.

    • Jacob

      Complete opposite for me, I’d much rather have Sterling replaced than Kay (not that I love that guy either). If I had a nickel for everytime Sterling messed up just simply describing what happened on the field while I scratch my head listening to the radio, I’d be rich.

  • NettlesE5

    There is a chance, ever so small, the yankees will rid themselves of Arods contract and John Sterling in the same year…..please god

  • Hoss

    I hope that Singleton is coming back. He is the best in the booth. Incredibly knowledgable with total class. Can even play a little OF if needed.

    • johnnybk

      Agreed. I like when they get sweet Lou in too, he’s always good for a few anecdotes and a laugh or two.

    • johnnybk

      Kenny was also one of a few people who graciously came out to shake some hands at the player entrance on the way out of the final game at the old stadium. I appreciate that.

    • Patricia

      Singleton is horrendous. He is not a Yankee. Still an Oriole. Cone and Lou are great.

      • Captain

        thats ridiculous. he’s horrendous because he played for the Orioles or for his announcing? because his announcing is nowhere close to horrendous. definitely the best person YES puts in the booth.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I don’t care if the announcers were/are yankees. I want to not hate the entire world when I’m listening to them. Singleton doesn’t drive me insane, so I like him in the booth.

        Love Cone too.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Do Patricia and Amanda hang out? I wonder.

          We could, of course, list the announcers who now work for one team, but played for another, and that list would go on for several pages, even in small type.

          • Nice Guy Eddie

            Ive always wanted a 3-man team w/ Singleton doing play-by-play, Coney giving his opinion and Piniella just doing his thing

  • Jim

    Kay is as good as anyone at calling the action when the ball is in play and has a superb talent for capturing the big moment. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for those 2 things.

    However, his banter in between the action is pretty atrocious. He consistently asks his partners the same questions over and over each season as if he has learned nothing of the game throughout the years. He’s also loath to really get on a Yankee about anything negative or critical. (Though I’m sure that is mandated from the upper brass)

    All in all, it could be worse. Kay is fine.

    • Steve

      I think the question thing is for the benefit of the audience. Any first time watchers in the audience probably appreciate the insight of the former players, so Kay is asking the questions to get the ball rolling. Of course, it’s definitely possible that he just haven’t learned haha

      • Jim

        I understand, but then I’d say he underestimates his audience. He’s doesn’t cover nationally televised games. He’s calling games for the Yankees network. You don’t hear Gary Cohen constantly asking Keith Hernandez and Darling to educate the audience. Let them do their job.

        • Steve

          That’s definitely fair. As a journalist (though obviously not nearly the same as Michael Kay) I know there are certain questions I can ask that will get me a great answer every time. It’s kind of a crutch, I guess. I don’t know if that is what he is doing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

            He also has to fill otherwise dead air. Sometimes the color guys are pretty flat, like they’re afraid to speak unless spoken to directly which drives me nuts :)
            I love Singleton, Cone, Leiter and a few others. I don’t know the general booth rules but I usually want to hear more from them. Even if I “know” the answer from decades as a fan I don’t tire of good stories well told.

    • Eddard: Back and better than never

      He should be negative to guys like A-Rod. We just heard today that A-Rod is still doing PEDs. The Yankees just need to use that and void the rest of the contract. Get that cancer out of the locker room. I love it when Kay is willing to stick his nose out there and be negative, you sure as hell won’t hear any former player do that.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Try writing something without using the word “cancer” for once.

    • KennyH123

      Really? No he isn’t fine. He is clueless. He is HORRENDOUS at calling the action when the ball is in play.. not bad, HORRENDOUS. Superb talent? Dude, what are you smoking?
      Its idiots like you who know next to zero about baseball that keep no talents like Kay making millions.

      • Robinson Tilapia


      • Get Phelps Up


      • Captain_Turbo

        You will not get the big chair by torpedoing your colleagues, Mr. Singleton.

    • Herby

      If he’s talking about the game at all, how many times have plays slipped by and they’re talking about golf games, or how he doesn’t like mayo..or how Jeter’s gift basket to his wife wasn’t good enough? Kay is horrible. What I’d really like to see is Kaat coming back.

  • Eddard: Back and better than never

    I love Michael Kay. He’s entertaining and calls the game fair for both sides. Just think how much the broadcast falls off when Kay or Kenny isn’t doing PBP. STAT guys don’t like him but they’re not the mass audience. Mass audience loves Michael Kay and that’s why YES smartly inked him to a new multi-year deal, even though Hal said he didn’t do extensions.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That last sentence was, dare I say, Big Member-ish?

  • Jose

    How can you guys not like Michael Kay?! To me he is one of the best announcers there is. He gives informative stuff during slow game times and he is just pure entertaining to listen to. To me other announcers just sound dull and boring once you listen to Michael Kay. He is awesome.

    • Herby

      See Ya…yea, awesome.

  • Fred the Elephant Boy

    Not sure what’s worse news, Kay’s new deal or the A-fraud allegations.

    Anyone else notice that Axisa carried the team’s water yet again today? No commentary or bloviating on the PED news whatsoever. Just a recap of the actual news and various links. Don’t forget who butters RAB’s bread folks. It’s the YES Network. Guess there aren’t any SABR stats that can be spouted on this one.

    Axisa has been supporting A-fraud and insisting he will play out his contract for the Yanks. It now appears that this very well may not be the case. Sycophants like Tilapia Fish Fingers in turn carry RAB’s water, attacking other people’s opinions from his mom’s basement before starting his shift at the TSA security line at Laguardia. Who knows, maybe Tilapia Fish Fingers is one of A-roid’s new mules now, since he knows how to spirit these substances across borders.

    Anyone with half a brain knew that once the Yanks signed Youkilis to a $12MM deal, A-roid wasn’t going to play an inning this year. It’s highly possible the team already knew about this latest PED news, as well as the fact that his PED-ravaged hip (despite what his highly paid surgeon says) could likely end his career.

    • Robinson Tilapia


      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        Was that you who slid your hand up my thigh way to close to my boys at LaGuardia…Random check my Arse!!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That’d actually be an interesting job….for a day. I’d actually do that for a day just to see what craziness ensues.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            And by “that job,” of course I mean drug mule. :)

    • Get Phelps Up

      RAB will be happy to offer your money back…

    • DC

      Dammit, is it still a full moon?

    • Bob Buttons

      Well, howdy doo guy I’ve never seen before.

    • Havok9120

      Please, do go on.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I would, but my ass is sore from all the muling.

    • Captain_Turbo

      Your ideas intrigue me and I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • Jim Is Bored

      u mad bro?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That little girl’s gotta eat.

    Like with Sterling, he’s a dingbat, but he’s MY dingbat.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      “but he’s MY MIMBO”
      -Elaine Benes

  • http://Twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    This is news?

    • Havok9120

      Actually….yes. For people who watch the YES broadcast ~100 days a year it most certainly is news.

    • Jimmy

      Do you watch the 100+ Yankee games on the YES network during the baseball season?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yes. Why do you ask?

        • Jimmy

          Then its news to you.

  • M-Three

    I am a fan of Michael Kay. He calls the action it like he sees it. Kay gets excited for the big plays (like every teams play-by-play guy) but isn’t a complete homer. He does call out when someone is slumping or the team struggles w/RISP.

    The way that YES improve the broadcast is by cutting down the number of rotating analyst. Keep Singleton, Flash and O’Neil because they are all entertainment and know the game. They need to gets rid of Cone and Leiter. Both of them are booring, have no personality & bring no excitement to the game. Plus, every other word out of their mouths is about that crap sabermetrics. Cone & Leiter always ruin the game broadcast when they waste our time with that garbage.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I didn’t even know his contract was up.

    • Havok9120

      Nor I. But I’m pretty sure that that’s because (unlike Sterling/Waldman) there didn’t seem to be a real chance he didn’t get retained.

      I mean, I know he bothers a lot of people, but there are many team-based play-by-play guys who are far, faaaar worse.

  • Yankee in CT

    Michael Kay is best when he isn’t around one of his man-crushes. Paul, Leiter and Flash are bad for him. He gets all giddy when they’re around. Kenny and Coney are most effective at keeping Kay at bay.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Cone and Singleton can call every game as far as I’m concerned.

  • forensic

    Cool, since I’m one who actually does enjoy him calling games most of the time.

    They can show Flaherty (and Waldman) the door anytime they’d like though…

  • Darren

    A long long time ago, when Sterling and Kay were the radio team, they both did their jobs very well. Their calls were mostly schtick-free, and they allowed themselves to live in the moment. I know it’s hard to believ, but it’s true.

    Also, pumpkinhead.

  • Mr RSU

    THERE IT GOOOOOOOESSS!!! SEE YA … to anyone taking over PBP duties from Kay that anyone was hoping for

  • http://aol amanda

    yankees biggest move this winter eh

    • Havok9120

      It’s nice of you to keep up the meme we started about your last post. Otherwise, we would have had to explain why we were poking fun at you.

      Now it’s almost completely self-explanatory.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I really, really want to believe she/he is doing it to join in the fun, but then sometimes I think she/he is being serious.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He. I’d love to think the fairer sex could think of 1,000 better things to do than troll.

          • Jim Is Bored

            I don’t think that’s fair to them, though. We’re an enlightened society, women can troll too!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, they’re just fine. I’m calling us men the fucktards.

              • Jim Is Bored

                No doubt.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Kind of like your biggest move was shifting your dick from your right pant leg to your left. Yes.

  • Now Batting

    How’s it go? The Yanks play two games every night. The one on the field and the one Sterling calls.

  • Bob Buttons

    Wouldn’t be the worst thing. I mean, I had thoughts about killing myself after listening to a game called by Buck Martinez. Well, technically I would be smashing my TV to bits and since I watch a lot of TV, I’d be making my life a lot more boring, thus losing a lot of will to live.

    But yeah. Buck Martinez indirectly caused me to live shorter.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not to mention blood loss.

  • Jimmy

    You allow Buck Martinez to have far too much influence over your emotions.

  • mark

    Huge Sterling fan. Sterling and Kay were good together on radio.

  • Rizi Walnuts

    Kay is more like our play by . . . . hey-did-you-see-that-latest-movie guy. Entire innings go by without a word about play on the field. He promotes inane discussions. He’s jokey. And not funny. A dangerous combination.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You just described half the home-team announcers in baseball.

      I don’t want my hometown guy to sound like the “Game of the Week” guy. Sorry. I want to feel like a member of a special club when I’m watching my team on their own network.

  • bobmac

    Is there anything worse when Kay and O’Neill are in the booth together?They should get a room.Love when they start talking about how much money Kay makes.Who cares?Singleton and Cone are the best the Yanks have as they actually talk about the game and tell you something that you don’t already know.Looks like another year of turning down the sound while watching the game when those two aren’t around.

    • Herby

      I actually like when O’Neill does games, as much as I like Lou, I think he’s slipping a bit and it shows in his announcing. Leiter is just an egotistical asshole and it comes across in his announcing style. What can you say about Sterling, thankfully he doesn’t do TV. Flaherty is pretty much useless.
      Part of resigning Kay should’ve been make him watch Star Wars, watch a damn episode of Sesame Street and eat some damn condiments so we don’t have to hear about all year.

  • Steve

    Yuck….Not a fan of Big Head Kay….Good for him for getting the contract, but horrible for us because we have to hear him

  • MartinRanger

    I still remember Al Leiter explaining Aaron Small’s changeup in…was it 2006? I’d love to have more of him in the broadcast booth.

  • V

    Ugh. So if I tune in to a random August game, I can have him ‘teach me’ about the game as if this is the first game I’ve ever seen? Pass.

    My viewership has been declining from every-single-game from 2006-2010 to about 75% in 2011 and 50% in 2012. Something tells me that trend will continue.

  • deanland

    Shocking though this may seem: we always mute YES and listen to Sterling and Waldman. Nothing is worse than Kay’s PBP. Buck Martinez was better than listening to Kay, and he was pretty inept at the task.

    Sterling’s skills have dropped off considerably over the past three years. He relies too much on shtick and inanity, and too little on the game itself. The coy plays on names are over the top, and his constant erroneous telescoping of plays are almost the expected norm, making for a poor PBP experience. Suzyn Waldman knows the game, and seems to tolerate the inanity and truly appreciate him otherwise. I have no issue with her. As the equivalent of a beat reporter and color person on the radio side, she does get the stories and covers the team quite well.

    On TV there is no-one better in recent years than Kaat was, and I like Flaherty for analysis. Singleton does a very good job, and on those West Coast trips when Kay stays home, the PBP on TV is worth watching.

    I miss the days of Mel Allen and The Scooter, and Bill White and various others were the golden years. But this also has to do with age and expectation. I grew up listening to them, and yes, The Scooter was like a nutty uncle. I felt like Murcer carried the mantle (no pun intended) for The Scooter when he did the games. He was witty, frank, and knew the game and called it like he saw it. I also recall Jerry Coleman doing the games, and loved his analysis and PBP.

    Frank Messer struck me as a bit too clinical or sterile in his delivery, but not a bad announcer.

    FWIW, I never liked Red Barber. I also found Charlie Steiner obnoxious to a fault. When Sterling was paired with Jay Johnstone the broadcasts were good.

    There was one year (I think just one) when Hank Greenwald and Tommy Hutton called the games on radio. They were excellent.

    O’Neill and Cone need a lot of work; they don’t take to the announcing job naturally. Leiter is good in the booth, except when paired with Kay, when it becomes a ridiculous lovefest. I can’t comment on Lou in the booth, as I never heard him on YES, since we tune out the audio and listen to Sterling and Waldman.

    I also recall the bad old days of the broadcasts on MSG. Al Trautwig, although a decent PBP guy, could stick his foot in his mouth with incredible regularity. Paul Olden was wooden, but not unbearable.

    It is getting to be time for new blood in the radio booth, as Sterling’s PBP skills are on the wane. Until there’s a change in the radio broadcast rights partner, it looks like John & Suzyn are there to stay. I can live with that. But the multi-year deal for Kay seals the deal for me: no more audio from YES except when they take those KC, Oakland and Seattle trips he always seems to avoid. Kay is, in a word, intolerable.

  • Anthony

    I am not a Kay fan at all and learning about the extension was disappointing to say the least. He is too hung up on giving ridiculous stats that have nothing to do with the game. Yes MK we have access to the internet too. Needs to talk less. I can live with the catch phrase and all. Jim Kaat was the last good announcer they had. Ken S is ok. John F is ok. Guess I’ll be listening with the sound down a few more years. Enduring him is almost as bad as having to listen to Buck and Tim M on fox.