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Jack McDowell’s New York Odyssey

Monday, September 5th, 2011

If I asked you what pitcher lead the American League from 1990-1995 in wins, complete games, and innings you probably would say Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens. You would be wrong on both counts as it was none other than the 1993 AL Cy Young Award winner, Jack McDowell. Sometimes overlooked during a career that was […]

Listen: Leyritz on ’96, Newark Experience, and New Book

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz joined me last night on 1240 AM WGBB. He talked about his new role as the hitting/pitching coach for the Newark Bears in the independent Can-Am League. We reminisced about his big homers in the 95′ ALDS, ’96 World Series, and catching Andy Pettitte against John Smoltz in Game 5. […]

Listen: Fran Healy

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Fran Healy joined me on yesterday’s show during “bonus time” to discuss the new MSG show “The Lineup.” During the segment we talked about some of the heated debates during taping of the show and his thoughts on Thurman Munson, Gil Hodges, and the Mattingly/Hernandez debate. Fran shared memories from his playing career as well […]

Listen: Jim Abbott

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott joined the show last night in the latest installment of our Yankees Alumni segments. Jim talks to us about his Olympic experience and his thoughts on baseball in the summer games. In 1988, he pitched the Gold Medal game against Japan winning 5-3 Of course, Jim is remembered for his […]

Listen: Dennis Rasmussen

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The Yankees weren’t always patient with young pitchers like they are today. During the eighties they traded away quality arms like Doug Drabek, Bob Tewksbury, and Dennis Rasmussen. Last spring I caught up with Rasmussen who participates in the Yankee Fantasy Camps. The big lefty talked about his career in New York, which nearly was […]

Listen: Fritz Peterson

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

News came out last week that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be working on a film called “The Trade” which will tell the story of two New York Yankees players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich who, in 1973, announced that the were doing some friendly spouse-switching. In September I had a chance to interview […]

Listen: Mike Buddie & the 98′ Yankees

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I mentioned Mike Buddie earlier today in a column. Last year I had the chance to talk to him about his experience pitching for the 98′ Yankees championship team. Many won’t even remember him on that team as he only pitched 41 innings and never appeared on the postseason roster. He was important, however, as […]

Listen: Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Former Yankees prospect Hensley “Bam Bam Meulens will be making his debut as the Giants hitting coach this season. Back in August of 2008 I he appeared on my 1240 AM WGBB show to talk baseball. At the time, he was the hitting coach for the AAA Indianapolis Indians. Meulens was one of the top […]

Listen: Jim Coates

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Hear former Yankees pitcher Jim Coates talk about his just released book “Always a Yankee.” Jim played with the Yankees from 1958 to 1962 and was part of two World Series champions. Here his take on what went wrong in the 1960 World Series, playing with the 61′ Yankees, and why it was never the […]

Listen: Jerry Coleman

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Buster Olney reported that San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman will have his role reduced this coming season. During the last weekend of the 2008 regular season I had a chance to catch up with the Hall of Fame broadcaster. Of course, longtime Yankees fans know that Coleman started his career in New York starring […]