David Cone’s work on the YES Broadcast has been so good that many New York Yankees fans lobbied for him to succeed Aaron Boone as the team’s manager during the 2021 season.
Since then, Cone has joined Jomboy Media to host a podcast of his own called “Toeing the Slab” and his presence in the media sector isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The YES Network better be working overtime to keep him on the payroll because, according to the latest buzz, ESPN has come calling.
Throughout last season, fans were clamoring for a new Sunday Night Baseball booth because Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian were not well received (to put it nicely). From A-Rod’s bizarre analytics takes (like not hitting home runs?) and Vasgersian’s ridiculous “Santa Maria!” call, this crew will certainly be remembered for … its eccentricity.
The new season (if it happens) will feature a new crew and Andrew Marchand of the New York Post has the latest. It can’t arrive any sooner.
Per Marchand, A-Rod is getting the boot in what’s expected to be a shakeup at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The former Yankees slugger could get his own “Manningcast”-type show.
On the other hand, Cone could join Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez in a new, revamped Sunday Night Baseball booth.
Former Yankees RHP David Cone could replace Alex Rodriguez on Sunday Night Baseball.
And how perfect would that be. Cone representing the Yankees well as A-Rod gets pushed to ESPN2 with his crew of guests ranging from Anthony Bosch to Yuri Sucart.
If you’re familiar with YES broadcasts, you’re likely excited to potentially hear Cone on the national stage given his baseball acumen and his ability to articulate complexities of the game to the average viewer.
In fact, what’s drawn so many Yankees fans to him is his open-mindedness. He can seemingly blend analytics with the gut instincts/surface level aspects of the game as logically as anybody, which is refreshing in this day and age when the younger generations are touting SIERA and wOBA to try and tell the entire story of a player and battling the older generations who can’t grasp anything beyond batting average or grit.
Cone’s career spanned across three decades (the late 80s to the early 2000s), so he’s well-versed in how the game’s changed, especially since he’s stayed involved in some capacity ever since his retirement. He’s won a Cy Young and took home five World Series rings. He pitched during the steroid era and escaped with a career 3.46 ERA.
He’d be a damn near perfect candidate to call games when the whole world is watching on Sunday evenings and we’d be lucky to have him … but at this point we’ll also take anything over the Rodriguez-Vasgersian duo, which is all but officially finito.