5 replacements for David Cone, Buck Showalter and Ken Singleton at YES Network
3. Cameron Maybin
After 15 MLB seasons, Cameron Maybin decided to retire before the 2022 campaign … with his last characteristic run of form coming in 2019 with the Yankees. Remember him in pinstripes when that roster was decimated by injuries?
Maybin, across 82 games, hit .285 with an .858 OPS to keep the 103-win Yankees humming along. Perhaps his time in the Bronx made an impression on him because he hinted at potentially being interested in a broadcast job after the openings at YES were being talked about. You hear that, Yankees?!
Another aspect of Maybin’s Yankees tenure that was greatly appreciated was the energy he brought. He has a positive and outspoken personality, ready to impart his wisdom on anyone willing to listen. A former top prospect and near-five-tool player, perhaps there’s an angle Maybin can provide the previous two candidates can’t.
There are some unsavory storylines of his career, but why can’t those be useful talking points on the broadcast? Maybin was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for PEDs back in 2014. Then he was a member of the 2017 sign-stealing Astros team that won a World Series (he later came out and said he regretted not speaking up about the cheating). Makes for good TV!
His demeanor might also be up the Yankees’ alley. He’s not inflammatory and would be an easy voice to listen to.