YES Network Baseball Broadcaster Ratings
If you’re a real New York Yankee fan, you tune into your fair share of YES/My9 Broadcasts of Yankee games. If you’re a diehard, you catch about 110-140 or more of those games on TV. Having watched 90 or so games (been very busy this summer) this year and having watched Yankee games on the YES Network over the 10 seasons it has been in existence, I think it is a good time to point out my personal rankings of the announcers on the broadcast. I’m strictly focusing to the guys “In the Booth”, not Kim Jones, not Bob Lorenz (except for the few road games he does as a play-by-play guy) and not the guys “In the Truck” like “… John… J. Fillipelli”.
… and with that, here are my rankings, bottom to top.
I have never really cared for her style. I don’t really listen to the Yankees on radio, honestly. Not anymore, at least. Most of my listens were on a car while driving.
He was amusing when I was younger and he was with the Braves, he’s become rather obnoxious and difficult to listen to — although his player nicknames stick and he does an overall good job of describing what he sees. However, his style has worn thin.
He rarely does games — usually serving as the play-by-play guy when Michael Kay apparently doesn’t want to travel out west and when Ken Singleton isn’t available. I believe he called the Yankees/Royals game in Kansas City on August 15. Rather dry. Cone and Flaherty kept my attention.
I dunno what it is, maybe it is his scratch, raspy voice… or this air of being overbearing… or his apparent crush on Paul O’Neill or what, but while I actually like Kay — particularly on CenterStage (he’s a decent guy in person), maybe it is overexposure that turns a lot of us off about him. But he’s classic Yankee voice.
Flaherty obviously knows the game, as do most catchers. They’re involved in every pitch of the game. He is definitely impartial, no Yankee homerism and knows the finer points of the game. He can be dry and too serious at times, though. I like Flash Flaherty overall.
They need to bring Al back more often, he’s hilarious and he talks pitching like a pitching coach. As someone who loves dissecting pitching, it is a joy to listen to him.
I love Cone. He knows the game inside and out, from pitching (obviously) to what catchers’ mindsets are when they call a game for pitchers, to all the subtle nuances of the game such as angles, situational hitting and the chess game that is managing against the other team. Never dull with Cone, especially with his love of sabermetrics. There isn’t a game that goes by that he doesn’t infuse sabermetric stats in every inning.
O’Neill is like the half in the bag guy at the semi-pro baseball game that you can watch any game with. And as a broadcaster, isn’t that what a fan wants if they’re going to tune into a three-hour long telecast of a game? O’Neill is always hilarious, bringing up old stories, props to support those stories, ruffling Michael Kay’s feathers every game that they do and he does know the game inside and out. O’Neill is absolutely hilarious to listen to when he’s in the booth with Ken Singleton.
Ken is the most versatile of all the announcers. And he’s got that classic announcer voice. He’s the veteran of the announcing team, and works well with everyone that he’s paired with (Flaherty, Cone, O’Neill, Leiter, Kay, Lorenz). Not many guys can seamlessly transition from being a play-by-play guy to being a color analyst. It’s not as simple as just knowing baseball, but knowing your role apart from your partner(s) in the booth. You feel like you can just sit back, buckle in and watch the game and know that you’re in good hands.
NOW THAT I’VE SHOWN YOU MY PICKS TO CLICK, YOU CHOOSE YOURS AT HOME.
Of your team’s announcers (even other Yankee fans, whose rankings will certainly be different from mine in some cases), rank your broadcast booth, “worst” to first.