One TV network's mistake is another's massive gain. The New York Yankees learned that the hard way on Thursday when it was reported former outfielder Cameron Maybin would be joining Bally Sports Detroit for the 2023 MLB season.
Maybin, who was in the YES Network booth for a portion of the Yankees' 2022 schedule, didn't have his contract renewed after his first stint as a broadcaster, to the dismay of many fans who thoroughly enjoyed his presence and commentary alongside Michael Kay.
But he's now landed on his feet with another one of his former teams. He'll be calling Detroit Tigers games this coming season with Todd Jones, Craig Monroe and Matt Shepard. Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris was offered a reduced role, but declined, and the two sides parted ways.
Maybin was a first-round selection of the Tigers back in 2005 before he was traded to the Florida Marlins in the blockbuster Miguel Cabrera deal. He played 24 games with Detroit his rookie season, then returned to the Motor City in 2016 before again winding up there in 2020 after a resurgent 82-game showing with the Yankees in 2019.
He quickly transitioned to the booth after retiring following the 2021 season and was an obvious new-school-vibe fit, especially with the younger fans.
Cameron Maybin lands with Tigers broadcast after leaving Yankees
Maybin will reportedly be on board for around 30 games total both in the TV both and as an in-game analyst. Many figured the workload might be a bit larger since he was with the YES Network and the Cubs' Marquee Network (who also let him go) last year, but he'll at least continue his work with MLB Network as an on-air analyst.
After news broke of Maybin's time at the YES Network coming to an end, he sent a nice message to the fanbase thanking them for all of their support and well wishes ... and then slipped in a humorous message to Chocolatè Blanco, aka Michael Kay, about how he'll miss calling games with the longtime Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster.
Here's to Maybin's next step. He was a nice change-of-pace in the YES booth and it's safe to say the Yankees will likely be regretting this decision should he continue to grow in his role with Bally Sports Detroit.
Now to find the next new school "positive vibes" broadcast personality in New York ...