Things will look a bit different in the YES Network broadcast booth for New York Yankees games in 2022, thanks to offseason shakeups at ESPN and in Flushing, Queens.
Early rumblings indicate David Cone will still be participating in YES Network broadcasts despite taking the primetime Sunday Night Baseball gig, and Michael Kay won’t be disappearing, either (though expect an increased dose of Ryan Ruocco).
After all, Sunday night’s just one night, and there’s no contractual exclusivity here. According to reports, Cone will remain with the network, though his workload will be reduced.
Such is not the case for Buck Showalter, though. YES’ postgame show breakout star last season will be the New York Mets‘ new manager for 2022, and won’t exactly have time to chime in on the Yankees’ postgame show to commentate on a game he was completely unable to watch.
One name to keep an eye on? Former Yankees outfielder and beloved journeyman Cameron Maybin, who announced his retirement from the game earlier this week.
On Friday afternoon, insider Bob Klapisch noted that Maybin is under consideration for a YES Network job in some capacity.
Judging by Maybin’s response, the effervescent outfielder would be all in on such a proposal.
Ex-Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin might join the YES Network broadcast booth.
Talk about a smooth transition to a post-baseball life.
Maybin certainly spent his years in the game training for a promotion like this, smiling his way through his tenure in Detroit, Miami and New York, among other spots. Though he never quite lived up to his tippy-top prospect pedigree, the speedy outfielder developed into a reliable hitter, great defender, and positive presence on every team he toiled for.
Among Maybin’s career highlights was donning the pinstripes for the first time in 2019, which he called a “dream” this week after officially announcing his retirement.
Could that dream be continuing in 2022? There’s a spot in the venerated Bombers broadcast booth for the taking, and if Maybin’s reaction to the rumor was any indication, he’d be ready to sign on the dotted line shortly.
Of course he would. He’s always been ready for everything.