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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lou Piniella set to return to Bombers as YES Network television analyst

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Lou Piniella, a fan favorite as both player and manager, is deep in negotiations and close to signing a deal to return to the Bombers as an analyst for the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network. He also will likely serve as a spring training instructor.

According to industry sources, Piniella will do a limited number of appearances for YES in the broadcast booth and studio.

Piniella would join YES’ cast of analysts that includes Ken Singleton, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, David Cone, Al Leiter and play-by-play man Michael Kay.

...Now, sources said, Piniella wants to stay to baseball. It looks like the Yankees are providing that opportunity. This likely means Yankees fans will see Piniella in the YES booth when the Bombers play the Rays in 2012. The Yankees open the season April 6 in Tampa. Piniella should have a role in that telecast.

After leaving Tampa in 2006, Piniella spent a season working for Fox Sports on its major league baseball package.

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: December 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM (#4016069)
Pretty soon YES will have more people in the booth than the Yankees have on the field.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: December 14, 2011 at 01:55 PM (#4016083)
Pretty soon YES will have more people in the booth than the Yankees have on the field.

...and have a lower average age.
   3. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 14, 2011 at 03:45 PM (#4016186)
Did Steve Lyons ever get another broadcasting gig after he joked that Piniella may have stolen his wallet?
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM (#4016194)
Answered my own question; if wikipedia is to be believed, he works for the Dodgers.

Here's a list of his comments deemed insensitive. I don't know... I'm Italian and I laughed at his Sal Fasano comment.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2011 at 04:33 PM (#4016242)
The Yankees open the season April 6 in Tampa. Piniella should have a role in that telecast.

Assuming Piniella still lives in Tampa, YES should be able to save on the hotel & per diem charges for the games he works there!
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: December 14, 2011 at 07:02 PM (#4016414)
This would excite me if I had no memories of the 2006 ALCS. I love Lou, but my god, he was a snooze in the booth.
   7. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 14, 2011 at 07:13 PM (#4016426)
He has a nasaly voice also, which sounds like a non-issue, but when you're considering whether to offer someone a broadcasting job, it really should come into account.
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 14, 2011 at 07:25 PM (#4016442)
Maybe Lou and Sterling could work up a ventriloquist number where Lou's words get channeled through Sterling's velvet vocal chords. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
   9. Gotham Dave Posted: December 14, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#4016494)
I think the Yankees have a good set of analysts already, and Lou's voice is definitely annoying. I'll be okay with it as long as he takes more games from Flaherty (who's just not very good) or O'Neill (who also has an annoying voice, though I like his work) rather than the pitchers and Singleton, who are just great.

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