5 replacements for David Cone, Buck Showalter and Ken Singleton at YES Network

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 12: CC Sabathia looks on during a press conference announcing funding for the Players Alliance from Major League Baseball during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Coors Field on July 12, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 12: CC Sabathia looks on during a press conference announcing funding for the Players Alliance from Major League Baseball during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Coors Field on July 12, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Former MLB pitcher David Wells (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

4. David Wells

Boomer! What a guy. He hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight a whole lot lately (outside of a Trump White House event where everyone pretty much ended up getting COVID), but what a fit he would be for the YES Network.

The burly left-hander was once upon a time one of the best pitchers in the game and took home a World Series with the Bombers (including ALCS honors) in 1998. Like Cone, his career spanned across three decades. He pitched in the late ’80s, then the ’90’s and throughout the steroid era into the mid-2000s.

Wells, also a former Red Sox and Blue Jay, would offer great insight into the AL East rivalries, too. The candor here would be of immense value … but he’ll be one that needs to be filtered like CC. Stories from Wells’ playing days suggest fans would be in for a ride if he’s on TV, given his disdain for umpires and a penchant for losing his cool at times.

Nonetheless, this is another one-of-a-kind personality who spent 21 years in Major League Baseball. He’s seen it all. He can offer endless anecdotes. And imagine him and Paul O’Neill having a good time reminiscing? Yankees fans would be re-living the glory days.