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

Here's an open secret: YES is not designed to provide evenhanded sports analysis. It’s there to promote the Yankees brand. Nothing more, nothing less. Perhaps it was inevitable that Francesa would be shown the door as his critiques grew more acute and irritating to the club. The fog of corporations that now own television stations, radio stations, movie studios and publishing houses hasn’t blurred the line of credibility, but destroyed it. The difference with YES is that it isn’t even putting forth the pretense of an unbiased dispenser of information. This Kay move is the final act in the consolidation of insular interests.  
 
Once Francesa’s gone, how many critics of the Yankees will there be on the YES Network? How many actual reporters and not employees of the club will there be? You can go back years and see YES, its website or any of their supposed “news” people failing to report newsworthy stories that would embarrass the organization. They’ve whited out A-Rod’s scandals as much as they could. General Manager Brian Cashman’s off-field peccadillos and subsequent public humiliation were never mentioned. Even injuries such as the one to minor league pitcher Jose Campos in 2012 were ignored as if the mere discussion of the fact that the Yankees had traded a chip – Jesus Montero – for two injured pitchers in Campos and Michael Pineda was out-of-bounds for the delicate sensibilities of the fans.
 
Will Kay draw the ire of the Steinbrenners, Randy Levine, Lonn Trost and any of the other members of the Yankees hierarchy by criticizing the organization when it’s justified? This is the same Kay who, after Joe Torre’s departure, hammered the former manager relentlessly for his selfishness. None of the criticisms – some of which were accurate – were uttered while Torre managed the Yankees as Kay later claimed to have been "protecting" Torre as if that was his job; as if he could maintain the veneer of reporter and Yankees apologist and not have it noticed. This has gone on repeatedly. Just wait until Robinson Cano shows up as a member of the Mariners and jogs to first base as he did on a daily basis with the Yankees. Kay used to mention it almost apologetically, but now he’ll light into Cano with both barrels because Cano no longer has Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) poses for a photo following  a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sportsthe “interlocking N and the Y” on his cap.
 
So which is it with Kay? Will he be a talk radio host discussing sports in a no holds barred manner on the ESPN simulcast, then revert back to the front man who throws lollipop questions at guests on CenterStage, is the master of ceremonies when the team is retiring someone’s number, and broadcasts the games in a tone where he might as well be wearing a Yankee uniform and waving a team pennant? Or will it be all Yankees support all the time, no matter what they do?
 
The front office can claim this was a financial decision, but think about it logically. Do you really believe the supremely wealthy Yankees are going to save that much money replacing Francesa with Kay? Count up the likely lost ad revenue and ratings and I’d venture to guess the savings will be negligible if there are any savings at all. 
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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.