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Yankees Broadcasters


David Cone
David Cone

David Cone, the strikeout artist who endeared himself to New York Yankees fans for his numerous clutch performances and for hurling a perfect game in 1999, initially joined YES as a Yankees analyst in 2002. After pitching for the Mets in 2003 and then retiring from baseball, he re-joined YES as an analyst for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. After a year away from the mic, he came back again to YES in 2011 and has been with the network ever since.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

Cone compiled a 194-126 record, 3.46 ERA and 2,688 strikeouts in his 17-year major league career. He captured the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 and was a five-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999). The Kansas City, MO. native, known for coming up big in critical games, posted an 8-3 post-season record and played on five world championship teams: the 1992 Blue Jays and the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Yankees.

The flame-throwing right-hander was drafted by the hometown Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1981 amateur draft and made his major league debut with the Royals in 1986. He played the next 5½ seasons with the Mets; in 1988, he ran up a 20-3 record, 2.22 ERA and 213 strikeouts, and on October 6, 1991, he struck out 19 Phillies in a game.

After short stints with the Blue Jays and the Royals (again), he joined the Yankees in 1995. Arguably his finest season in pinstripes was 1998, when he was 20-7 with a 3.55 ERA and 209 strikeouts. A year later, on July 18, 1999, he hurled a perfect game against the Montreal Expos, only the second inter-league perfect game in major league history. Fellow Yankee Don Larsen's World Series gem in 1956 was the first.

While with the Yankees from 1995-2000, Cone was 64-40 with a 3.91 ERA and 888 strikeouts. He pitched for Boston in 2001, sat out the 2002 season, and pitched briefly for the Mets in 2003 before retiring.


John Flaherty
John Flaherty

Former New York Yankees catcher John Flaherty joined the YES team in the spring of 2006 as field reporter, studio analyst and game analyst for YES' Yankees telecasts. He earned New York Emmy Award nominations in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his work at YES.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

Drafted by Boston in 1988, Flaherty progressed within the Red Sox farm system before joining the parent club in 1992. He played 14 major league seasons with five teams (Red Sox 1992-93, Detroit Tigers 1994-96, San Diego Padres 1996-97, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998-02 and the Yankees 2003-05).

He is best known to many Yankees fans for his 2004 pinch-hit walk-off single that ended a 13-inning regular season game against the Red Sox. In 2005, he became Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson's personal catcher, in addition to backing up starting catcher Jorge Posada. During his MLB career, he had a .252 batting average in 1,047 games and collected 849 hits, including 80 home runs.

Flaherty is a New York City native and a graduate of George Washington University.


Michael Kay
Michael Kay

Michael Kay is the Yankees play-by-play announcer for the YES Network who also hosts the network's CenterStage series and its various programming specials. Kay has earned 23 Emmy nominations and seven Emmy wins while at YES.

Also, The Michael Kay Show, a sports talk show heard weekdays on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM in New York which Kay co-hosts with Don LeGreca, has been simulcast live weekday afternoons on YES since February 2014. The influential Radio Ink magazine, which covers the radio industry, named Kay the second-most influential local sports talk show host in America in 2012.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

In addition to his co-hosting The Michael Kay Show, Kay also handled play-by-play duties for the ESPN Radio Network during the 2013 American League Divisional Series (Tigers-A's) and the 2008 National League Divisional Series (Phillies-Brewers), and has been a frequent contributor to ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Sports Reporters television show airing on Sunday mornings.

Prior to joining the YES Network in 2002, Kay worked at the MSG Network since 1989 as a Yankees reporter. In 1992, he added Knicks locker room reporter to his responsibilities, and continued in that role until the 1998-99 season.

Kay was awarded the Dick Young Award for Excellence in Sports Media by the New York Pro Baseball Scouts in 1995. In 1998, he was on the MSG Network team that won a New York Emmy for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage - Series." In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the MSG Network team that won New York Emmys for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage - Single Program" for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter and "The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets." He was also a part of the Yankees/MSG Network production team that was nominated for New York Emmy Awards for six consecutive years.

In addition to his television work, the Bronx, NY, native worked as Yankees analyst on WABC Radio from 1992 through the 2001 season which concluded with the classic Yankees-Diamondbacks World Series. Kay was a winner of "Best Sports Reporter" honors at the 2000 New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards. In 1998, Kay also began co-hosting Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, a nightly sports radio call-in show which aired on WABC Radio during the winter months.

Shortly after graduating from Fordham University in 1982 with a B.A. in Communications, Kay worked at SportsPhone and as the public address announcer for the New York Pro Summer Basketball League.

In 1982, Kay landed the job as general assignment writer for the New York Post. Two years later, he began covering college basketball (1984-85) and then spent two years as the writer covering the New Jersey Nets. In 1987, he moved to baseball at the Post, serving as the Yankees beat reporter. While he was in that position, he got his first television job with MSG Network as host of the Hot Stove League segment of MSG's SportsNight.

In 1989, Kay moved to the New York Daily News, where he was the Yankees beat reporter before taking the job as a Yankees broadcaster on WABC Radio in 1992. With that jump, Kay became the first newspaper reporter in any sport to make the move into the broadcast booth full-time, performing both play-by-play and analysis. Kay stayed on the radio for 10 years, broadcasting the Yankees' four World Series championships during that time, before moving to the television side to become the lead play-by-play man for YES in 2002.

Kay has been involved in the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), a charitable organization whose mission is to provide assistance to members of the baseball community. He co-hosted the 2013 B.A.T. fundraising dinner in New York. Kay also was master of ceremonies at the 2013 Thurman Munson Awards fundraising dinner in New York. In 2005, he was honored in his home borough of the Bronx, having an honorary street sign in his name erected on the Grand Concourse. Kay is active with the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his mother, Rose, who passed away from the disease in 2006. He has also teamed up with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Girardi's Catch 25 Foundation to organize annual charity dinners to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Kay and his wife Jodi Applegate have a daughter, Caledonia Rose Kay, born in January 2013.


Al Leiter
Al Leiter

Now in his ninth year with YES, former major league pitcher Al Leiter has established himself as a highly regarded color commentator who provides viewers with insight gained from his 19 years as an MLB player. Leiter is also an analyst for the MLB Network, and was nominated for National Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2012 for his work there. Prior to signing with YES in the spring of 2006, Leiter had worked as a post-season game analyst for FOX Sports and ESPN.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

Leiter is a native of Bayville, N.J. While in high school there, he was a baseball All-American and appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" after striking out 32 batters in 14.1 innings in a game. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1984 and made his major league debut with the team in September 1987. Throughout his career, he played for the Yankees, 1987-89, and 2005; Toronto Blue Jays, 1989-95; Florida Marlins, 1996-97, and 2005; and New York Mets, 1998-2004.

A day after the Yankees acquired him from the Marlins in July of 2005, Leiter took the mound and got the win in a 5-3 victory over Boston. He picked up four wins for the Yankees during the second half of the 2005 season and made a team-high four appearances in the 2005 Division Series against the Angels, going 1-0.

He won World Series rings with the Blue Jays (1993) and the Marlins (2000). Over his career, he went 162-132 and sported a lifetime ERA of 3.80. He was named a National League All-Star in 1996 and 2000 and was the first pitcher to earn a victory against all 30 major league teams. On May 11, 1996, Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Marlins against the Rockies. It was the first no-hitter by a Marlins pitcher in franchise history.

Leiter has been extremely active with and has received numerous awards for his charitable work throughout his career in and after baseball. He has given more than $1.5 million since 1996 to various children-related charities in the New York area and in south Florida. Leiter was the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award in 1999, the Roberto Clemente Award in 2000, and the Bart Giamatti Award in 2002, all demonstrating his tremendous commitment to community.

In 2002, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Twin Towers Fund in New York City. Leiter was named the March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year in 2003 and the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year in 2004 (by the Catholic Youth Organization). In October of 2008, Leiter was honored with the "Breakthrough Spirit Award" at The Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation gala in New York. In January 2012, Leiter was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.

He was also appointed in 2010 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, and Governor Christie also placed Leiter on the board of the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund in 2012.

Leiter also created and runs Leiters Landing, a charitable organization committed to the betterment of youth through education, health care and social and community service which also serves as a fundraising arm to assist other children's charities.

He was master of ceremonies at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first induction ceremony at City Hall in 2002.


Paul O'Neill
Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill is in his 13th season as the New York Yankees analyst for the YES Network. He received New York Emmy Award nominations in 2011 and 2013 for his work on YES.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

O'Neill played Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, from 1985 to 2001. He appeared in six World Series and earned five World Series rings, one with the Cincinnati Reds and four with the New York Yankees. He also played in five All-Star games.

O'Neill began his MLB career in 1985 with the Reds. After eight seasons with the Reds, O'Neill joined the Yankees in 1993, with whom he won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 average. From July 23, 1995 until May 7, 1997, O'Neill played 235 games in right field without making an error. In 1997, he led the American League in hitting with men on base with a .429 average. On Aug. 25, 2001, O'Neill became the oldest major leaguer to steal 20 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season.

In June of 2008, O'Neill was named "Father of the Year" by The National Father's Day Council at its 67th Annual Father of the Year awards dinner in New York.


Ken Singleton
Ken Singleton

Ken Singleton is in his 13th season as a New York Yankees analyst for the YES Network. He also periodically handles play-by-play duties for the network.

The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 300 Emmy Award nominations and 67 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.

Before joining YES, Singleton divided his time doing play-by-play and providing commentary on Yankees telecasts on the MSG Network. In 1998, he was part of MSG's production team that won four New York Emmys for its Yankees coverage.

Singleton joined the MSG Network in 1997 from The Sports Network (TSN), where he served as analyst for the Montreal Expos from 1985 to 1996. From 1991-96, he also did play-by-play and served as analyst for CIQC Radio, the Expos' flagship radio network. He was FOX Sports' lead analyst for its Saturday afternoon baseball broadcasts in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 and 1998, Singleton worked as a game analyst for Major League Baseball International.

Born in Manhattan and raised in nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., Singleton played both baseball and basketball in high school, and also played baseball in the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park, across the street from the old Yankee Stadium. After receiving a basketball scholarship to Hofstra University and playing baseball as well for one year, Singleton was drafted by the Mets in 1967.

In April 1972, he was traded to the Expos and, in 1974, he was traded to the Orioles. His .438 on base percentage (in 1977), 118 walks (in 1975) and 35 switch-hit home runs (in 1979) established new Orioles single season records. Singleton was named to the American League All-Star Team in 1977, '79 and '81. He was named Most Valuable Oriole in 1975, '77 and '79.

Singleton received the Roberto Clemente Award from Major League Baseball -- the highest off-the-field honor in baseball -- in 1982. The award recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team.

Currently, Singleton serves on the Board of Directors for the Cool Kids Campaign, a non-profit organization that helps children and their families who are dealing with cancer. Each year, he hosts a celebrity golf tournament in the Baltimore area benefiting the Cool Kids Campaign. In March 2012, Singleton received the "Denzel Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports" at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon's 100th Anniversary Gala.

He retired after the 1984 season as a three-time All-Star with a 1983 World Championship ring (Orioles).


John Sterling
John Sterling

John Sterling, the longtime radio voice of the New York Yankees, also serves as the Emmy winning host of Yankeeography and Yankees Classics on the YES Network. Since joining the network in 2002 he has worked in many different capacities. In addition to his YES hosting duties, Sterling is the network's play-by-play voice for Ivy League football and basketball. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for several New Jersey Nets games on YES.

Sterling has been the radio voice of the Yankees since the 1989 season, becoming one of the most recognizable announcers in the game. Previously, Sterling and Michael Kay hosted Sport Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, an MSG Network produced sports call-in radio show that featured the pair discussing a wide array of sports topics on 77WABC during the winter months. During the baseball season, Sterling and Kay hosted the radio show Yankee Talk, which aired prior to all weekend Yankees games.

Sterling joined WABC Radio in 1989 from TBS television and WSB Radio, where he called Atlanta Hawks games from 1981-89 and Braves games from 1982-87. In 1981, he handled play-by-play chores in Washington D.C. for the Bullets on WDCA-TV.

In 1975, Sterling worked as play-by-play announcer for the New York Nets and the New York Islanders on WMCA Radio in New York. He called Islanders broadcasts until 1978 while continuing to call Nets action until 1980. Prior to calling games for the Nets and Islanders, Sterling announced Morgan State football on the radio from 1971-78 and hosted a talk show on WMCA Radio in New York.

An "Iron Man" of the broadcasting booth, Sterling has compiled a streak of consecutive games on the air, dating back to the start of the 1981-82 Atlanta Hawks season. During his 17 seasons as the Yankee's announcer he has never missed a game, including the 2005 season in which he called every pitch of every game.


Suzyn Waldman
Suzyn Waldman An award winning journalist, Suzyn Waldman joins John Sterling in the radio booth as the Yankees' color commentator on WCBS-AM radio in 2005, becoming the first woman to hold a full-time position as a Major League broadcaster. Waldman has spent the greater part of two decades overcoming all the obstacles that go along with being a female sports broadcaster, and has risen to the top of her profession.

In l987, Waldman became the first female voice heard on WFAN, the first All-Sports Radio station in the country, and was a mainstay on that station for almost 15 years, creating the job of the radio beat reporter, covering both the New York Yankees and New York Knicks. Her news-breaking reports, exclusive interviews and always original and controversial opinions won her countless journalism awards. Among her accolades include: the International Radio Award for her live and emotional reporting from the upper deck of Candlestick Park during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the l996 NY Sportscaster of the Year, by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters the American Women in Radio and TV's Star Award for Radio in l999. Waldman became a popular talk show host at WFAN and co-hosted the coveted mid-day slot until leaving WFAN to join the YES Network.

The word "first" invariably precedes the name of Suzyn Waldman in every facet of her television and radio career. The first woman to work on a nationally televised baseball broadcast, Waldman added another first, being the first woman to provide play-by-play for a Major League team, when she started broadcasting New York Yankees games for WPIX, MSG Network and WNYW/FOX5 in the mid ‘90s. The first and only woman ever to host an NBA pre- and post-game show, working in that capacity for the NY Knicks on WFAN, Waldman provided play-by-play for the WNBA on Lifetime TV and was an analyst on St. John's Basketball games for MSG and WFAN.

She has been honored by countless organizations, including the Thurman Munson Foundation, the March of Dimes, the B'nai B'rith, the Jimmy Fund of Boston, the NY Baseball Scouts and the US Federal Women's Program for her contributions as a role model and a pioneer in women's sportscasting. She is a tireless motivational speaker at schools and cancer centers around the country, encouraging young women to pursue their dreams despite any pitfalls they may encounter.

Waldman's life and struggles have been the subject of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and chapters in books, including the "MacMillan Book of Baseball Stories," "You Go Girl" and "That's Outside My Boat" both by Charlie Jones and Kim Doran. She has been profiled on the Today Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, ABC's 20/20 and NBC's Dateline.

A native Bostonian, with a degree in Economics from Boston's prestigious Simmons College, Suzyn spent 15 years on the Broadway Musical Stage, and is proudest of her two years starring opposite Richard Kiley in "Man of La Mancha." She now lives in Westchester with her German Shephards, Kiley and A.J.