David Cone returns to the YES Network for his 10th season as an analyst. Upon his retirement from the game, Cone joined the YES Network team during its inaugural year in 2002, again for 2008-09 and returned in 2011.
Cone compiled a 194-126 record, 3.46 ERA and 2,688 strikeouts in his 17-year Major League career with the Kansas City Royals (1986, 1993-94), New York Mets (1987-1992, 2003), Toronto Blue Jays (1992, '95), New York Yankees (1995-2000) and Boston Red Sox (2001). He was a five-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999) and captured the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 after posting a 16-5 record with a 2.94 ERA. With the award, he became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young despite not leading the league in any category or pitching for a first-place club.
While with the Yankees, Cone was 64-40 with a 3.91 ERA and 888 strikeouts, and was part of four World Championship teams (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000). He had arguably his finest season in pinstripes in 1998, when he was 20-7 with a 3.55 ERA and 209 strikeouts. A year later, on July 18, 1999, he hurled the 14th perfect game in modern Major League history (since 1900, including postseason) in a 6-0 win vs. the Montreal Expos at Yankee Stadium. The performance also marked the third perfect game ever thrown by a Yankees pitcher, following Don Larsen's in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series vs. Brooklyn and David Wells' vs. Minnesota in 1998. The Kansas City, Mo. native was selected by his hometown Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1981 First-Year Player Draft.
He compiled an 8-3 career postseason record and also won a World Series title with the 1992 Blue Jays.
In 1996, Cone established the David Cone Charitable Gift Fund. He was honored with numerous awards for his community service as a player and still pursues his charitable endeavors, working with the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.
Jack Curry joined the YES Network in 2010 as a studio analyst, reporter and program contributor, following a 20-year career covering the Yankees for the New York Times. In addition, he contributes as a columnist on YESNetwork.com and is the host of JCTV: Jack Curry TV, the innovative YESNetwork.com original series which launched in 2013. Curry earned two Emmy nominations in 2014 for JCTV: Jack Curry TV and has four nominations for several Yankees features.
During his career with the Times, Curry authored more than 4,500 articles, covered 18 World Series, 11 All-Star Games and two World Baseball Classics. The New Jersey native also was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1999, and won multiple Times Publisher Awards.
Curry's television experience extends back to 1991, when he began contributing to Madison Square Garden Network's Yankees pre-game show and weekly baseball magazine show. Since November 2005, Curry has been a regular contributor to YES' Yankees Hot Stove show, and for the last five seasons, he has appeared on YES' Yankees Access shows. In addition, he was a featured panelist on MSG's Angles roundtable show, was a frequent guest on WCBS-TV's Baseball Insider weekly studio show, and has also provided expert baseball analysis and commentary on television and radio programs such as ESPN's Outside the Lines, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay Show and various WFAN Radio programs.
Curry also co-wrote a book with Derek Jeter entitled The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams, which was a New York Times best-seller. In January 2013, Curry received the Broadcast Achievement Award from the New Jersey Sports Writers Association and was named "Top Sports Analyst" by the New Jersey-based 201 Magazine. A 1986 graduate of Fordham University, Curry resides with his wife, Pamela, in New Jersey.
Former Yankees catcher John Flaherty enters his 12th season as a field reporter, studio analyst and game analyst for YES Network telecasts. He received New York Emmy Award nominations in 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his work at YES.
Drafted by Boston in 1988, Flaherty progressed through the Red Sox farm system before joining their Major League squad in 1992. He played 14 seasons in the Majors with Boston (1992-93), Detroit (1994-96), San Diego (1996-97), Tampa Bay (1998-2002) and the Yankees (2003-05), compiling a .252 average with 80HR in 1,047 games.
Flaherty brought his knowledge of the game and his veteran style of leadership to the Yankees clubhouse when he signed as a free agent in 2003. He played in 134 games with the Yankees across three seasons, and will be long remembered for his dramatic pinch-hit, "walk-off" single to defeat the Boston Red Sox in the 13th inning on June 1, 2004 - the contest that featured Derek Jeter's famous dive into the third base stands.
Flaherty is a New York City native and a graduate of George Washington University. On May 15, 2009, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. In 2015, he was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.
Now in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the YES Network, Kay also serves as the host of YES' CenterStage series, hosts his own radio talk show on ESPN Radio in New York and is a frequent contributor to ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Sports Reporters. In 2008, 2011 and 2016, he handled play-by-play duties for the ESPN Radio Network's coverage of the AL Division Series.
A 31-time Emmy Award nominee and eight-time Emmy winner, Kay was named by Radio Ink magazine the second-most influential local sports talk show host in America in 2012.
Before joining the YES Network, Kay worked at the MSG Network from 1989-2001 as a Yankees reporter. In 1992, he added the assignment of Knicks locker room reporter to his responsibilities and continued in that role through the 1998-99 season.
In addition to his television work, Kay also worked as a Yankees analyst on WABC Radio from 1992-2002. Kay was a winner with Bob Goldscholl (WBBR) for "Best Sports Reporter" at the 2000 New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards. After the Yankees' World Series victories in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2009, Kay and John Sterling were asked by New York City's Mayor to host the post-parade victory celebration at City Hall.
In 1998, Kay also began co-hosting Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay, an MSG-produced nightly sports radio call-in show which aired on WABC Radio during the winter months. During the baseball season, Kay and Sterling hosted Yankee Talk which aired 90 minutes prior to all weekend Yankees games.
Shortly after graduating from Fordham University in 1982 with a B.A. in Communications, the Bronx, N.Y., native became one of the hot sports reporters in New York City with a style that combined great reporting skills with quality writing. While at Fordham, he honed his skills working for the school newspaper and radio station, working at Sports Phone and as the public address announcer for the New York Pro Summer Basketball League.
In 1982, Kay landed a job as a general assignment writer for the New York Post. Two years later he began covering college basketball (1984-85) and then the New Jersey Nets, whom he covered for two seasons before becoming the newspaper's general basketball writer. In 1987, he moved to baseball where he served as his paper's Yankees beat reporter. While he was in that position, he got his first television job with MSG Network as host of the "Hot Stove League" segment of MSG's Sports Night. In 1989, Kay moved from the Post to the New York Daily News, where he covered the Yankees until 1992, when he made the jump to radio. With the move, he became the first newspaper reporter in any sport to make the jump into the broadcast booth full-time, performing both play-by-play and analysis.
Kay was given the "Dick Young Award for Excellence in Sports Media" by the New York Pro Baseball Scouts in 1995. He was also a part of the Yankees/MSG Production team that was nominated for New York Emmy Awards for six consecutive years. In 1998, he was on the MSG team that won for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage-Series." In 1996 and '97, he was a member of the MSG team that won New York Emmys for "Outstanding Live Sports Coverage-Single Program" for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter and "The Battle for New York: Yankees vs. Mets."
Kay resides in Manhattan, N.Y., and in 2005 had an honorary street sign in his name erected on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. He is active with the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his mother, Rose, who passed away from the disease in 2006. Kay has also joined Joe Girardi for the "Remember When, Remember Now" banquet at the Grand Central Oyster Bar to benefit Girardi's Catch 25 Foundation and Alzheimer's research. He co-hosted the 2013 B.A.T. fundraising dinner in New York, and served as master of ceremonies at the 2013 Thurman Munson Awards fundraising dinner in New York.
In 2016, Kay was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Jodi, were married in February 2011 and have a daughter, Caledonia Rose, born in January 2013 and a son, Charles Applegate, born in November 2014.
Al Leiter enters his 12th year with the YES Network using insight gained from his 19 years as a player in the Major Leagues. He is also an analyst for the MLB Network, where he was nominated for National Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2012. Additionally, he was nominated for a New York Emmy Award in 2014.
Prior to signing with YES, Leiter worked as a postseason game analyst for FOX Sports and ESPN.
Originally drafted by the Yankees in 1984, Leiter played parts of 19 professional seasons with the Yankees (1987-89, 2005), Toronto Blue Jays (1989-95), Florida Marlins (1996-97, 2005) and New York Mets (1998-2004). He was a two-time All-Star (1996, 2000) and was a part of two World Championship teams (Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997). On May 11, 1996, Leiter tossed the first no-hitter in Marlins history in an 11-0 win vs. Colorado.
For his community work, he was honored by MLB with the Roberto Clemente Award in 2000 and the Bart Giamatti Award in 2002. Also in 2002, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Twin Towers Fund in NYC. He was named the March of Dimes "Sportsman of the Year" in 2003 and the John C. Mara "Sportsman of the Year" in 2004 by the Catholic Youth Organization. He also created "Leiter's Landing," a charitable organization committed to the betterment of youth through education, health care and social and community service.
A native of Bayville, N.J., Leiter was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in January 2012. He also served as master of ceremonies at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first induction ceremony at City Hall in 2002.
Bob Lorenz returns for his 14th year with the YES Network, serving as the primary studio anchor for Yankees pre- and post-game shows. Lorenz also serves as the host of the Brooklyn Nets pre- and post-game shows, as well as the network's Yankees Hot Stove and Emmy Award-winning Forbes SportsMoney programs. Lorenz has won 14 Emmy Awards during his time with the YES Network. In April 2011, he won his third consecutive New York Emmy Award recognizing him as the top sports anchor in New York.
Prior to joining the YES Network in 2003, Lorenz served as an anchor for CNN/Sports Illustrated, which he joined in April of 1991. He hosted CNN's signature weekly sports programming, including NFL Preview, College Football Preview, This Week in the NBA, SI Cover to Cover and Page One. He also hosted CNN's weekly baseball show from 1992 to 1996 and, from 1994 to 1996, hosted CNN's College Basketball Preview and College Coaches Corner. In addition to those duties, Lorenz also worked on a variety of programs for CNN's sister networks TBS and TNT, hosting Super Bowl specials and serving as back-up host on Inside the NBA on TNT.
Before joining CNN, Lorenz was a reporter and anchor at WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla. Having joined the station in 1988, he wrote, produced and anchored four weekend sportscasts. Lorenz earlier served as sports director at KIEM-TV in Eureka, Calif., and was a writer at CBS Extravision in Los Angeles and an analyst/anchor for Citicable in Torrance, Calif.
Lorenz is on the Honorary Event Committee for the Connecticut chapter of Make-A-Wish and has emceed its annual Make-A-Wish Ball. He has also emceed the Annual Miracle Ball, which raises money and awareness for the Miracle League of Westchester County in New York.
He holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.
Meredith Marakovits returns for her sixth season with the YES Network as the New York Yankees clubhouse reporter, reporting on the team within the network's Yankees game telecasts, pre- and post-game shows, Yankees Batting Practice Today show and Yankees Hot Stove. Marakovits also appears on YES' special Yankees programming and contributes to YESNetwork.com. She has also filled in as YES' Brooklyn Nets reporter and pre-and post-game show host. She received a New York Emmy Award nomination in 2015 for her Yankees coverage on YES.
Previously, Marakovits served as the Philadelphia 76ers sideline reporter with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, also participating in several Comcast SportsNet regional sports network programs. She also covered the Yankees and Mets for 1050 ESPN radio, and contributed elsewhere to WFAN radio in New York.
Prior to her work in New York, she served as the Phillies reporter for 950 ESPN Radio/97.5 the Fanatic. This came after her stint as the pre- and post-game host and field reporter for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Television Network.
A Northampton, Pa., native, Marakovits is a 2005 graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she played volleyball and received a degree in communications. She began her career for Service Electric 2's sports division as a sideline reporter for college football, basketball and indoor football broadcasts. In December 2013, Marakovits was honored on the Rockne Wall of Fame at her alma mater - Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic High School - for her athletic exploits.
Paul O'Neill returns for his 16th season in broadcast television, serving as a game analyst for the YES Network. He received New York Emmy Award nominations in 2011 and 2013 for his analyst work on YES.
The five-time All-Star outfielder played 17 years in the Majors, spending his final nine seasons in pinstripes. He appeared in six World Series, winning five titles, including four with the Yankees (1996, '98-2000).
Affectionately known as a "warrior" to most Yankees followers, O'Neill began his Major League career in 1985 with the Cincinnati Reds and earned the first of his five World Series championships in 1990. He joined the Yankees in 1993 after eight seasons with the Reds, and in 1994 claimed the American League batting title with a .359 average. From July 1995 to May 1997, he played in 235 consecutive games in right field without making an error. In 2001, at the age of 38, O'Neill became the oldest player in Major League history to steal 20 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season.
He lives in his native Cincinnati with his wife, Nevalee, and their three children: Andrew, Aaron and Alexandra. He was named "Father of the Year" in June 2008 by the National Father's Day Council at its 67th Annual Father of the Year dinner in New York.
Former Major Leaguer Ken Singleton enters his 16th season as a game analyst and announcer for YES Network broadcasts of the New York Yankees, occasionally handling play-by-play duties as well.
Prior to joining YES, Singleton divided his time calling play-by-play and providing commentary at the MSG Network. In 1998, he was part of MSG's production team that won four New York Emmys for its Yankees coverage.Singleton joined the MSG Network in 1997 from The Sports Network (TSN), where he served as analyst for the Montreal Expos from 1985-96. From 1991-96, he also called play-by-play and served as analyst for CIQ Radio, the Expos' flagship radio network. In 1996 and '97, FOX Sports named him as a lead analyst for Saturday afternoon baseball broadcasts. In 1997 and '98, he worked as an analyst for Major League Baseball International.
Singleton enjoyed a 15-year Major League career with the New York Mets, Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles, batting .282 with 317 doubles and 246HR. He is one of only 11 players in Baseball history to hit 35 or more home runs in a season as a switch-hitter. He also ranks among the all-time leaders in most Baltimore offensive categories, including homers, RBI and total bases. During his career, Singleton was named to the American League All-Star team in 1977, '79, and '81. He was named Most Valuable Oriole in 1975, '77, and '79 and was a member of the Orioles' 1983 World Championship team. In 1982, he was the recipient of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award, honoring him for his contributions both on and off the field.
Born in Manhattan and raised in nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., Singleton played both baseball and basketball in high school, and also played baseball in the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park on the current site of Yankee Stadium. After getting a basketball scholarship to Hofstra University and playing baseball as well for one year, Singleton was drafted by the Mets in 1967. In 2015, he was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.
Singleton serves on the Board of Directors for the Cool Kids Campaign, a nonprofit organization that helps children and their families who are dealing with cancer. He was honored with the "Denzel Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports" at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon's 100th Anniversary Gala in March 2012.
"Yankees win! Theeeeeee Yankees win!"
If anything has become synonymous with the Yankees' run of success over recent years, it is John Sterling's memorable conclusion to so many Yankees victories. As the radio voice to 162 games a year, plus preseason and postseason, he has called 4,634 official games (4,467 regular season/167 postseason) over the last 28 seasons, without missing even one, making him one of the most recognized-and imitated voices-in all of New York sports.
Sterling joined the Yankees broadcast team in 1989 from Atlanta's TBS and WSB Radio, where he called Hawks basketball (1981-89) and Braves games (1982-87). It marked a return to the town where he first achieved fame, hosting a talk show on WMCA from 1971-78, and calling the Nets (1975-80, and as a fill-in, in 1997) and Islanders (1975-78) for WMCA, WVNJ, WWOR-TV and SportsChannel.
Sterling also previously called Morgan State Football (eight years) and Washington Bullets basketball in 1981. In addition to his seven years at WMCA and a year at WSB in Atlanta, he has also hosted talk shows on WFAN and WABC in New York. He has not missed a broadcast of any kind since the fall of 1981.
As the host of the YES Network's acclaimed Yankeeography series, Sterling has won a total of 12 Emmy Awards since 2003. He has also been honored by the New Jersey Sportswriters Association with its Radio-TV Excellence Award (1999), and was the winner of the 2001 Whitney Radio Jimmy Cannon Award. In addition, his call of a Jason Giambi home run on WCBS radio in 2002 was voted the "Best Baseball Call of the Year" in a poll conducted by MLB.com. In 2002, Sterling was also honored by the NY Air Awards for being a part of the best play-by-play team on radio.
When he's not in the booth, Sterling serves as a master of on-field ceremonies for major Yankees events, and is well known for his emcee work at City Hall (with his former radio partner Michael Kay) at "Key to the City" ceremonies following Yankees World Series victories.
Sterling enjoys attending Broadway shows and boasts an extensive knowledge of the lyrics to many American pop standards. In 2007, he embarked on his own Broadway venture in a cabaret show titled "Baseball and Broadway" in which he both served as emcee and sang alongside broadway talent.
In 2016, he was inducted, along with Suzyn Waldman, to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. For the past 23 years, he has been a spokesman for the Leukemia Society of America. He enjoys reading, movies and swimming. He is the proud father of four children: daughter Abigail and triplets, Veronica, Bradford and Derek.
Award-winning journalist Suzyn Waldman begins her 31st season either covering or broadcasting the New York Yankees and her 13th season as the Yankees' radio color commentator, having become the first woman to hold a full-time position as a Major League broadcaster.
Waldman has spent more than three decades overcoming all the obstacles that go along with being a female sports broadcaster and has risen to the top of her profession. In 2006, she became a permanent part of the "Women in Baseball" exhibit at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and in 2009, her World Series Game 6 scorecard was added to the Hall of Fame's collection, commemorating her being the first female broadcaster to call game action in the World Series.
In 1987, Waldman became the first voice heard on WFAN-AM in New York, the first all-sports radio station in the country. She was a mainstay on that station for almost 15 years, creating the job of the radio beat reporter, covering both the New York Yankees and New York Knicks. Her news-breaking reports, exclusive interviews and always original and controversial opinions won her countless journalism awards. Her accolades include the "International Radio Award" for her live and emotional reporting from the upper deck of Candlestick Park during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the 1996 "N.Y. Sportscaster of the Year" Award from the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters and the 1999 "Star Award" for radio from the American Women in Radio and TV. Waldman became a popular talk show host at WFAN and co-hosted the coveted midday slot until leaving WFAN in 2002 to join the YES Network.
The word "first" invariably precedes the name of Suzyn Waldman in every facet of her television and radio career. The first woman to work on a nationally-televised baseball broadcast, Waldman added another first, being the first woman to provide play-by-play for a Major League team, when she started broadcasting New York Yankees games for WPIX, MSG Network and WNYW/FOX5 in the mid 1990s. The first woman ever to host an NBA pre-and post-game show, Suzyn worked in that capacity for the Knicks on WFAN, provided play-by-play for the WNBA on Lifetime TV and was an analyst on St. John's basketball games for MSG and WFAN.
She has been honored by countless organizations, including the Thurman Munson Foundation, the March of Dimes, B'nai B'rith, the Jimmy Fund of Boston and the U.S. Federal Women's Program. In 2006, she received the first Women's Global Health Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the United Nations. She is a tireless motivational speaker at schools and cancer centers around the country, encouraging young women to pursue their dreams despite any pitfalls they may encounter.
Waldman's life and accomplishments have been the subject of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as chapters in children's and motivational books. She has been profiled on the Today Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, ABC's 20/20 and NBC's Dateline. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Waldman was named one of Radio Ink magazine's "Most Influential Women in Radio." In 2016, she was inducted, along with John Sterling, to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She was also a recipient of the Gracie Award, which acknowledges outstanding team leadership and individual achievement, focusing on women who are making positive change and who further the discussion of what a fulfilling career in media looks like.
A native Bostonian with a degree in Economics from Boston's prestigious Simmons College, Suzyn spent 15 years on the Broadway musical stage and performed in countless night clubs around the world. She is proudest of her two years starring opposite Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha. She lives in Westchester with her German shepherds, Gatsby and Margo.