The Yankees broadcast may not be the same in the 2019 season, as YES broadcaster and former Major League rightfielder Ken Singleton has announced that 2018 will be his last season.
Singleton is now 70-years-old and has been broadcasting Yankees games since 1997, making him the longest-tenured analyst in the YES Network’s rotating cast of former players. These former players include David Cone, John Flaherty, Al Leiter, and Paul O’Neill. Singleton also regularly is a filler on play-by-play duty for Michael Kay.
Singleton is from Mt. Vernon, New York, which is just outside of the Bronx. In 1967 he was the 3rd overall pick of the Mets where he went on to play 15 seasons in the Majors, 10 with the Orioles.
Singleton was a 3-time All-Star and went on to lead with majors with a .425 on-base percentage in 1973 while with the Expos, who traded for him in 1972 in a trade that sent Rusty Staub to New York. He finished his career with a .282/.388/.436 line and knocking 246 home runs. Singleton was also a member of the Orioles during their American League Pennant season in ‘79 and their World Series Champion season in ‘83.
Michael Kay does not want Singleton to leave the broadcasting business as he said he has been trying to convince him to stay. “I’ve known about it for a while but I’ve been trying to change his mind. I’m not giving up in my quest.” Kay wrote on Twitter after Singleton’s announcement.
While announcers come and go, it appears as though this will be the final season we hear “This one is gone!”
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