Who Are the Yankees Announcers on YES?

Wondering who the voices are behind your favorite team, the New York Yankees? Meet the YES Network’s announce team.

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Michael Kay

Michael Kay is the play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. He is also a host on the ESPN radio show “The Michael Kay Show.” Kay has been the play-by-play announcer for the Yankees since 1999.

Personal life

Michael Kay (born Michael T. Kay on February 2, 1961) is an American sportscaster and television host. He is currently the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees on the YES Network.

Kay has been with the YES Network since its inception in 2002, teaming up with Ken Singleton and Paul O’Neill as part of what has been considered one of the best broadcast trios in baseball. He also hosts CenterStage, a talk show that airs on YES, as well as Michael Kay Show, a sports radio talk show on ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM.

In addition to his work with the YES Network and ESPN Radio, Kay also serves as a host and play-by-play announcer for the way-too-early Sunday morning baseball show Baseball Tonight on ESPN2.

Career

Michael Kay (born Michael Anthony Tony Kay on February 2, 1961) is an American sportscaster. He is currently the lead television play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, calling games on the YES Network.

Kay has been with YES since its inception in 2002. He previously spent 14 years with WABC (1997–2011), working as both a radio and television sports anchor. From 1988 to 1996, Kay called play-by-play for various radio and television stations in New York City, including WMCA, WCBS, WWOR-TV and SportsChannel NY (now MSG Plus).

He is also a contributor to WPIX’s Yankee broadcasts as well as serving as a guest host on ESPN Radio. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Kay hosts “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio New York from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday alongside Don La Greca. The show originally aired on WEPN but moved to WFAN when that station became the flagship radio station of the Yankees in 2014 after ESPN Radio and WFAN reached a deal for simulcasting rights.

Ken Singleton

Ken Singleton is currently an announcer for the YES Network, which is the official television home of the New York Yankees. Singleton has been with the network since 2002 and has called games alongside Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill.

Personal life

Singleton was born in New York City and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He played baseball and basketball at Mount Vernon High School. He then attended Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship, but transferred to Maryland after his freshman year when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told him he wasn’t good enough to play Division I basketball. Singleton was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 27th round of the 1970 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign and instead returned to college. He played college baseball for the Maryland Terrapins baseball team. In 1971, he hit .358 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs. He graduated from Maryland in 1972 with a degree in business administration.

Career

Ken Singleton started his broadcasting career with the Montreal Expos in 1979 after a 14-year playing career in Major League Baseball. He worked as the team’s primary television play-by-play voice until 1986, when he left to join the Baltimore Orioles broadcast team. He called Orioles games on television from 1987 to 2006.

In addition to his work with the Expos and Orioles, Singleton has also served as a broadcaster for NBC’s Game of the Week, TBS’s coverage of the Baseball Playoffs, and Turner Sports’ coverage of the MLB All-Star Game. He was also a broadcaster for Yankee Baseball on WTBS from 1977 to 1978.

Singleton joined the YES Network’s broadcast team for the 2007 season, replacing Michael Kay as the primary television play-by-play voice for New York Yankees games. He has been working as one of the Yankees’ announcers on YES ever since.

Paul O’Neill

Paul O’Neill is one of the Yankees announcers on YES. He is a former professional baseball outfielder who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1985 to 1992 and the New York Yankees from 1993 to 2001. O’Neill was a five-time World Series champion with the Yankees and was also named to the All-Star team four times.

Personal life

Paul O’Neill was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Cincinnati. His father worked as a steelworker and his grandfather had been a minor league baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. O’Neill has three brothers, one of whom, Clifton, is also a former major league outfielder. He is a distant cousin of former Baltimore Orioles infielder Steve Pearce. O’Neill attended Anderson High School before transferring to Cincinnati Moeller High School. In high school, he played quarterback on the football team and catcher on the baseball team. He intended to play both sports in college, but after being drafted in the fourth round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds, he decided to pursue a career in baseball.

Career

Paul O’Neill is an American former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the New York Yankees. He currently serves as a broadcaster for the Yankees on the YES Network.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, O’Neill attended BrooksElementary School, St. Francis de Sales High School and Ohio University. In 1981, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth round of the amateur draft. He made his Major League debut in 1985 and became a regular player for the Reds in 1987. He was traded to the Yankees in November 1992.

O’Neill is one of only four players to have won a World Series championship in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s). He won five World Series titles with the Yankees overall (1996, 1998–2000, 2009). He also won four American League pennants and Changeup was named Most Valuable Player of each of those World Series (1996 ALCS; 1998 & 1999 World Series).

O’Neill announced his retirement as a player on December 21st 2001, finishing his career with a batting average of .288, 281 home runs 1,269 RBIs and 2,105 hits. In 17 seasons he played in 2,503 games and had 10 ® behind himden RBI years.

John Sterling

The long-time play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling is one of the most recognizable announcers in baseball. He’s been with the Yankees since 1989, and his signature home run call – “It’s an honor and a privilege!” – is known by fans all over the world.

Personal life

John Sterling was born on April 25, 1954 to parents George and Louise Sterling. He has two brothers, Gary and Bruce. He grew up in Queens, New York and attended Chrysler High School in Auburn, New York. In 1972, he graduated from Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism.

Sterling is Jewish. He resides in Connecticut with his wife, Marilyn; they have two sons: Andrew and Jordan Sterling.

Career

John Sterling began his career as a radio show host at WABC in 1965. In 1968, he started working for WPIX-FM as an announcer for their Mets broadcasts. He remained with the station until 1974.

In 1975, he began working for the Yankees as a replacement for Phil Rizzuto on their broadcasts on WCBS-AM. He has been with the Yankees ever since, serving as their lead announcer since 1999.

Sterling is known for his home run calls, which often include player names and nicknames (e.g., “And a si-i-i-ingle by Ke-eith,” “A loooong drive by Maaaaaarks!”). He has also been known to use terms such as “ballgame over” and “the Yanks win” when the team secures a victory, regardless of the inning.

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