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Did the Yankees Front Office Build Kim Jones’ Profile?



By Mike Silva ~ January 25th, 2012. Filed under: New York Yankees, Sports Media Commentary.

Over at Sports Media Watchdog, I broke down the news regarding Kim Jones departure from the YES Network. It appears that Newsday’s Neil Best and Bob Raissman of the Daily News have a difference of opinion about how “expendable” Jones was to the network.

I have long admiRed Jones‘ work from the sidelines. In a time where networks focus on fashion and style over information when hiring sideline reporters, Jones injected a good balanced of personality and content into her work. There was no one better than Jones at reporting and analyzing the Penn State scandal on WFAN.

I found this interesting tweet from Raissman about the front office feeding Jones critical questions to ask Joe Torre.


And who can forget those days when the front office fed Kimberly Jones those questions to ask Joe Torre. #Al YankzeeraWed Jan 25 01:11:20 via Twitter for iPhone

Back in 2006, Raissman reported that “YES suits, working in concert with Yankee front-office operatives, planted questions with Jones intended to put Torre on the hot seat.”

Do I believe the Yankees front office would do something like this? Yes, no pun intended, I do. I wish Raissman would discuss this in more detail in a future column.

Regardless, I don’t think it takes anything away from Jones. Even if she got an assist early in her career, she consistently tried to grow in her role and bring value to a position that often has none during the course of the game.

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Read more about Kim Jones leaving YES, who will take over her spot, and where she will end up go t0 Sports Media Watchdog. 

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Jones was also a recipient of one of my 2012 “Stock Up” awards earlier this month.

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2 Responses to Did the Yankees Front Office Build Kim Jones’ Profile?

  1. Brien Jackson

    Honestly, I have no idea why anyone takes Raissman seriously.

  2. Frank Russo

    I totally agree with Brien here, Mike. You can’t take this guy seriously when he appears on Daily News Live on SNY, the Mets Network. Talk about prejudice. Sorry but whatever he says sbout the Yankees just doesn’t hold water. He has long been a critic of any and all things Yankee. The man is an idiot.

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