The New York Yankees have a long and storied history, dating back to their days as the Baltimore Orioles. They’ve been one of the most successful franchises in baseball, and their fans are some of the most passionate in the sport. So who are the voices that bring the Yankees games to life on television?
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Michael Kay is the television play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees. He is also an Emmy Award winning sportscaster, and has been with the organization since 1992.
Prior to joining the Yankees, Kay served as a sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City and as a studio host for MSG Network. He has also called play-by-play for the New Jersey Nets, New York Rangers, and Brooklyn Cyclones, among other teams.
In addition to his work in television, Kay hosts a radio show on ESPN Radio New York. He is a member of the New York Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.
Ken Singleton is a former professional baseball player who currently serves as one of the primary television announcers for the New York Yankees. He also previously worked as an analyst for the Baltimore Orioles television broadcasts.
Born in Staten Island, New York, Singleton was drafted by the Montreal Expos out of high school in 1968. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Expos in 1970, and was traded to the Baltimore Orioles following the 1971 season. He became a regular member of the Orioles lineup during the 1974 season, and was selected to his first All-Star Game that year. Singleton would go on to play 11 seasons with Baltimore, hitting 20 or more home runs eight times and winning a Silver Slugger Award in 1977. He was traded back to Montreal prior to the 1982 season, and finished his playing career with the New York Mets in 1984.
In 1985, Singleton began working as a color commentator for Orioles telecasts on Home Team Sports (HTS), a regional sports network serving Maryland and Washington D.C. He held that position for 16 years before moving to YES Network to work on Yankees broadcasts in 2002. He has worked alongside play-by-play announcers Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill, and currently serves as the lead analyst for Yankees games on YES.
Paul O’Neill is a former right fielder and Major League Baseball analyst. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1985–1992) and New York Yankees (1993–2001). His entire career was played with the Reds and Yankees, winning five World Series titles with the latter. O’Neill announced his retirement from baseball on February 11, 2007.
In 2013, YES Network announced that O’Neill would be joining their broadcast team as a game and studio analyst. He currently works as the television color commentator for the New York Yankees.