Michael Kay's radio simulcast to replace Mike Francesa's on YES

YES Becomes KAY As Michael Kay’s Simulcast Will Replace Mike Francesa’s

12/15/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

The New York Daily News is reporting that beginning in February, the YES Network will replace Mike May 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) talks with radio personality Mike Francesa before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsFrancesa’s afternoon drive time WFAN radio show simulcast with Michael Kay’s ESPN radio simulcast.
 
Unless you’re interested in the endless stream of Yankee-centric infomercials that permeate the YES Network, replacing Francesa with Kay will eliminate the majority of viewers – like myself – who didn’t turn YES on for any reason other than for Francesa or to watch the Yankees games. This is not to suggest that Francesa is objective when it comes to the Yankees. He’s not. But Kay is in another stratosphere of sycophancy to the organization.
 
Just think about this for a second. If Kay’s radio show stays at its current timeslot of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST, YES will need to find other programming to replace the two hours of Francesa they’ll lose from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. What would they show? Let’s say they start recycling old Yankee games with Kay as the play-by-play man, episodes of the Kay hosted interview shows “CenterStage,” and the “Joe Girardi Show.” Then you’ll get the radio simulcast and, during the baseball season, Kay will be broadcasting the vast majority of the games. You’ll get a marathon of Michael Kay from early afternoon until late at night. It’ll be like the SyFy channel’s July 4 Twilight Zone Marathon, except it will be real and more frightening.
 
Other than the suits at the YES Network seeking a friendly voice, does anyone want to see Michael Kay all…day…long?
 
According to the Daily News article, this has nothing to do with Francesa giving Alex Rodriguez a forum for his complaints about his suspension and allegations against the Yankees. Nor is it due to other negative comments Francesa has made about the Yankees. It says it’s a “matter of economics.” Only the Yankees know if that’s true. I find it dubious that they would replace Francesa with Kay based on money when the viewership will undoubtedly decline and any last minuscule smidgen of credibility YES had in their programming will be gone. How can they claim that YES isn’t the Yankees' propaganda arm when there are no shows that provide objectivity about the club?
 
May 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Radio announcer Michael Kay emcees the event to announce plans for the new Major League Soccer team the Manchester City FC at P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsThis decision ties in quite neatly with the way the entire Yankees organization from the Steinbrenners all the way down to the fan base views itself. Since the Babe Ruth days, there's been an air of superiority. It wasn’t due to them winning so many championships alone. There’s a patrician, cultivated, “we’re better than you” attitude that has only gotten worse as they’ve regained some semblance of their footing from the mid-1990s to the present. It was easier to roll one’s eyes and scoff when the team hadn’t won anything for nearly two decades and were an industry-wide joke, but when they started winning again the arrogance was dusted off and came to the forefront. Whether or not it’s realistic is irrelevant. The preordained “Yankees always come out on top” narrative exists even if they’ve come out on top once in the past thirteen years while spending over $2 billion on players. 
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12/15/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

autmorsautlibertas wrote:
Paul,
The number of Yankee playoff appearances over the past 20 years supports a conclusion that they have a legitimate claim to some bragging rights,  Their failure to turn the majority of these playoff appearances into championships has more to do with the way the playoffs have evolved than anything else.  The expansion of the playoffs, first with the addition of a third division, then the addition of wild card teams, and finally squeezing in a second wild card team, is simply to increase revenue.  The sad result is that the best team doesn't necessarily win the World Series anymore.  The Champion is now whatever playoff team gets hot for the first few weeks in October. 

I'd agree if the stated goal was to make the playoffs alone. The unequivocally stated that they're trying to win a World Series every single year. They consider every season in which they don't win the World Series a failure. Based on that logic, it has to be considered a failure when analyzing it as well. It comes from them and the standard they set - one they've failed to achieve for the majority of that time. They've had the highest payroll in baseball by a vast margin. Turning it around, it's actually easier for them to make the post-season now than it was before the expansion of the playoff system. They shouldn't get credit other than in an "at least" way. That's not what the Yankees want. 

12/15/13   |   autmorsautlibertas   |   1 respect

Paul,
The number of Yankee playoff appearances over the past 20 years supports a conclusion that they have a legitimate claim to some bragging rights,  Their failure to turn the majority of these playoff appearances into championships has more to do with the way the playoffs have evolved than anything else.  The expansion of the playoffs, first with the addition of a third division, then the addition of wild card teams, and finally squeezing in a second wild card team, is simply to increase revenue.  The sad result is that the best team doesn't necessarily win the World Series anymore.  The Champion is now whatever playoff team gets hot for the first few weeks in October.