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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Yankees announcer Michael Kay ‘scared’ his return won’t last after vocal cord surgery

New York Yankees TV play-by-play announcer Michael Kay made his return on Saturday after taking six weeks off following surgery that removed a nodule from his vocal cords.

Kay called two of the Yankees’ games against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium on the YES Network, his first appearance since June.

His return after the surgery, however, didn’t quite go as well has he had hoped. He said he felt “really nervous” before Saturday’s game, and thinks his voice “didn’t have much.”

“Quite frankly, I’m scared,” Kay said Monday, via the New York Post.


QLE Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcing, michael kay, surgery

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   1. . Posted: August 20, 2019 at 03:56 PM (#5872960)
Read it this morning. Tough one. Don't think much at all of him as an announcer, but still don't like seeing a freakazoid issue like this hurt his career so dramatically while he's still in his prime. And it's obviously hitting him hard, for which one should empathize if one has any kind of heart.

Plus early returns on the surgery don't seem to be too promising and there's something almost primal in my aversion to that scenario. I've had a surgery that might not have worked and it's a somewhat tough thing mentally. For it to have been potentially career-impacting would have raised the stakes by orders of magnitude. Just the whole thing about going through the surgery and the recovery and the limitations and then going in for the checkup a few weeks later after not even being able to say a word and then the doctor saying with raised eyebrows, "Hmmm, I was hoping for better," gives me the howling fantods something fierce without even getting into the career implications.
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:13 PM (#5872966)
Honestly I didn't notice any difference, but then I'd imagine that first hand knowledge beats casual listening.

EDIT: I went back and watched the replays of his home run calls that day, and yeah, you can tell there's a drop in volume from his usual call. I only hope it's just temporary.
   3. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5872969)
Yeah wishing him all the best.

Joe Buck had a voice scare about a decade ago. Anecdotal evidence only here but it seems to me he's been a bit more positive and a bit less curmudgeonly since. He sounds like a guy who gained an appreciation for just how good he has it when it almost got taken away from him.
   4. Karl from NY Posted: August 21, 2019 at 02:26 PM (#5873216)
That is true about Joe Buck. He was on one of the late-night talk shows a year or three ago, and told the whole story about appreciating his work more after that scare.

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