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Did the Yankees Front Office Build Kim Jones’ Profile?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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 […]

Importance of CC’s Victory, iPads, Kay’s Shot at the Sox, Cervelli’s Antics, Pete Rose on the Dino Costa Show

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

CC Sabathia was 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA going into last night’s game in Boston. This caused many to worry after the Sox beat Sabathia in early August. Are the Sox in Sabathia’s head? How can the Yankees win an ALCS against them with their best pitcher unable to win against Boston? As I said before, […]

Klapisch on Girardi, Using Your Head on a Triple Play, Duda Continues to Impress, Raissman on Cone, Mex on a Saturday Night

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Yankees continue to win, and are in first place in the AL East. The playoffs are not in question, but that didn’t stop Bob Klapisch from taking him to task in yesterday’s Record for how he handled the A.J. Burnett situation on Saturday night. It’s up to the manager to prove he’s not playing favorites on […]

Do the Yanks Have the Special Sauce, Pelfrey as the Closer, Bud Selig the Socialist, Was Kim Jones Influenced by Bob’s Blitz

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Over at Grantland, Jonah Keri (who will appear on Sunday’s show with me) quotes Nate Silver and Dayn Perry from their book “Baseball Between the Numbers.” The authors found three characteristics that define the majority of successful playoff teams, or as they call it the “Secret Sauce.” Those traits are: - A pitching staff with a high strikeout […]

Sign Stealing, Kim Jones Wardrobe Malfunction, LOOGY’s, Nolasco an Option?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

So the Blue Jays are stealing signs illegally according to Joe Girardi? This isn’t the first team to fall into this category as the Phillies were accused of setting up cameras at Citizen’s Bank Park a couple of years ago. Girardi points out that stealing signs from the base paths is illegal, but using equipment such […]

Mets Future and SNY

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

On Sunday night, Howard Megdal of the Journal News joined me on my weekly radio show. During our discussion about the Mets ownership drama, I brought up the point that David Einhorn may be inclined to evaluate the Mets on SNY, especially considering he’s gone on record saying he has no interest in the network. […]

Curry Clarifies “15 Seed” Comment

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Update: 9:00 PM I spoke to Jack Curry about his comments last night. Apparently, Raissman’s reporting of this was skewed. Curry told me “with the Mets starting 4 players who opened the year at Class AAA and the Yankees starting 8 All-Stars, I said the talent comparison was like a 15 vs. 2 seed. When […]

SNY Continues to Show Thick Skin

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Just a few weeks ago there was talk in the blogosphere how the YES Network censored criticism from their affiliated blogs after the signing of Rafael Soriano. This shouldn’t be a surprise as Bob Raissman of the Daily News doesn’t call them Al-Yankzeera for nothing. Although YES does a fabulous job with their non in […]

Cone: Burnett Needs a Changeup

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

On Friday, David Cone (who will be returning to YES this year) joined WFAN’s Mike Francesa on his show from Mohegan Sun. They spent a great deal of the interview discussing the Subway Series and the ’88 NLCS, but Cone did give some commentary about the current Yankees roster. What stood out to me were […]

Listen: Francesa Yelling Off Air at his Staff

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Since Mike Francesa has an agenda when dealing with a certain New York club, it’s time that he is exposed for his poor behavior off the air. A WFAN “mole” passed along this never before heard audio of Francesa yelling at his staff during the Joe Girardi press conference to announce his hiring. Although this […]

Michael Kay Says Series is Over

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Neil Keefe relayed this tweet of Michael Kay’s comments on the YES postgame after Game 1 Michael Kay on last night’s postgame: “I said it after Game 1 against the Twins and I’m saying it again … this series is over.”less than a minute ago via webNeil KeefeNeilKeefe If the Yankees blow this series you […]

The Fascist Boot Burkhardt

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

During the first inning of today’s Subway Series finale at Yankee Stadium Kevin Burkhardt gave the WPIX viewers, mostly Mets fans, a feel of the Bleacher Creatures. Our good friend Bald Vinny informed me that Burkhardt was booted from the bleachers by Stadium security as they cited a “no media allowed” policy. When I asked […]

YES & SNY Actually “Report” on the Sidelines

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

One of the annoying creations of modern sports on television is sideline reporting. They intrude on the game, ask useless vanilla questions, and disrupt the viewer’s enjoyment of the broadcast. Networks typically focus on the looks of the sideline reporter, so you get tons of attractive females in the position. To say their knowledge of […]

Joba: “Bullpen Fits My Personality”

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Kim Jones did an interesting interview with Joba Chamberlain on WFAN last night. Joba talked about his season, throwing the curveball, Mariano, and his thoughts bullpen vs. starting. The interesting quote from Joba is how he said his personality fits the bullpen. “You get the phone call and you’re up. Its high energy, high stress […]

Why You Can’t Take Kay’s SNY Rip Seriously

Friday, April 16th, 2010

I am not sure what Michael Kay was looking to accomplish by ripping SNY for taking calls during a Mets/Rockies game earlier this week. If it was to bring attention to himself then mission accomplished, but I think it showed why he has a problem wearing, as YES spokesman Eric Handler puts it, “two different […]