Is it legal for Major League Baseball to have a postseason without the New York Yankees?
In a word, “Yes.”
For the first time since 1993, the Yankees won’t be playing in October. It will seem strange not seeing Derek Jeter and his teammates battling for a World Series title. Well, at least we won’t have to listen to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the Yankees Radio Network.
TBS will begin its second year of covering the division series, which starts Wednesday. Analyst Ron Darling, who will work one of the first-round series, believes it’s good for baseball not to have the Yankees involved.
“The playoffs have always centered around the Yankee team, and Joe Torre when he was with the team, but I think baseball has been clamoring for new blood for a long time,” Darling said during a Thursday conference call. “That’s why the Tampa Bay Rays are such a good story, that’s why the Chicago Cubs doing it a couple of years in a row is such a great story. Not all the baseball fans live in New York. There are great baseball fans that live all over this country that have wanted to see new teams, new managers and up-and-coming players.
“That’s why there was a lot of interest in the Colorado-Arizona series last year. There were so many names that a lot of people did not know, and they got to see some of these young, up-and-coming superstars. It’s going to be the same way with the Tampa team, and the Minnesota team. For me being a baseball fan, you can’t help but love a team like Tampa that had such a bad go, and now they are on top.”
Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., who will serve as a studio analyst for the second straight year, says it is strange not to have the Yankees in the playoffs.
“I wonder how Derek Jeter feels,” Ripken said. “You play the game to be in the postseason and the World Series, and [missing the postseason] is a new experience for Derek. A bad year [for him] is losing in the first round of the postseason.”
With the closing of Shea Stadium set for Sunday (barring the Mets making the postseason), I asked Darling, who is a Mets analyst for SNY, his most memorable moment at that ballpark. Surprisingly, it’s not winning the 1986 World Series.
“It was my first game, my first start,” Darling said. “I pitched against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. The first three hitters I ever faced in a start were [Joe] Morgan, [Pete] Rose and Mike Schmidt. Before the first pitch, I looked up and to see my parents with the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen will be my fondest memory.”
SNY will document the final weekend at Shea Stadium this weekend, when the Mets host the Florida Marlins.
Coverage will start Saturday night at 7:30 with “Shea Goodbye from the 92nd Street Y,” hosted by Mets SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen. Then at 8:30 p.m., SNY will have the official Shea Stadium documentary “Shea Goodbye: 45 Years of Amazin’.”
Sunday’s coverage starts with an extended pregame show at
11:30 a.m. After the game, SNY will have the postgame festivities.
WTMM-FM (104.5) will carry the MLB playoffs from ESPN
Radio. That includes the divisional games that will be played in the
That means “Sound-Off with Sinkoff” will be preempted on those days.
patrick on air
Dan Patrick will be back on the Capital Region airwaves Oct. 6.
WOFX-AM (980) has picked up Patrick’s syndicated radio show. Patrick, who left ESPN over a year ago, will be heard from 3-6 p.m.
However, the show will be on tape delay. Patrick’s show airs live from 9 a.m.-noon.
Fridays during the NFL season, Patrick’s show will end at 5 p.m. so WOFX can air “Inside Pro Football.”
Patrick’s show replaces most of “The Drive on Fox.” WOFX will air the final hour of “The Drive” at 6 p.m.
Here are the college football and NFL games that will be televised over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.
Fox (WXXA Ch. 23 and WXXA HD) — Arizona at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Brian Baldinger and Brian Billick/Laura
Okminew); Washington at Dallas, 4 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS (WRGB Ch. 6 and WRGB HD) — Buffalo at St. Louis, 4 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots).
NBC (WNYT Ch. 13 and WNYT HD) — Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. (Al Michaels/John Madden/Andrea Kremer).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser).
Time Warner Cable (Ch. 3) — Pittsburgh at Syracuse, noon (Mike Gleason/John Congemi/Quint Kessenich).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Michigan State at Indiana, noon (Pam Ward/Ray Bentley); Colorado vs. Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore/Todd Harris); Alabama at Georgia, 7:45 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — North Carolina at Miami, noon (Dave Pasch/Andre Ware); Mississippi State at LSU, 7 p.m. (Mark Jones/Bob Davie).
ESPN Classic — Northwestern at Iowa, noon (Dave Lamont/Shaun King).
ESPNU — Virginia at Duke, noon (Dave Armstrong/Larry Coker); Navy at Wake Forest, 3:45 p.m. (Doug Bell/Charles Arbuckle); South Florida at North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick/David Diaz-Infante/Melissa Knowles).
MY4 (WNYA) — Mississippi at Florida, 12:30 p.m. (Dave Neal/Dave Archer/Dave Baker).
Versus — Army at Texas A&M, 12:30 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Kelly Stouffer/Lewis Johnson).
ABC (WTEN Ch. 10 and WTEN HD) — Wisconsin at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Bob Griese and Paul Maguire/Stacey Dales); Illinois at Penn State, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Lisa Salters).
CBS — Tennessee at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
NBC — Purdue at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Hammond/Pat Haden/Alex Flanagan).
CBS College Sports — Houston at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Hart/Trev
Alberts); Central Florida at Texas-El Paso,
8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Brian Jones/Rocket Ismail).
SNY — Morgan State at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/Doug Graber).
MSG Plus — Texas Christian at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Dave Lapham/Jim Knox and Gary Reasons).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (Todd Harris/Ray Bentley).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Louisiana Tech at Boise State, 8 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Pittsburgh at South Florida, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler/Craig James and Jesse Palmer/Erin Andrews).
ESPNU — Nicholls State at Northern Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (Charlie Neal/Jay Walker).
CBS College Sports — Memphis at Alabama-Birmingham, 8 p.m. (Tom Hart/Roland Williams).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Cincinnati at Marshall, 8 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Brock Huard/Rob Stone).