New York Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay took some shots at manager Aaron Boone during the YES postgame coverage for Game 3.
Michael Kay is a company man, as he should be as the Yankees official play-by-play announcer for YES. When he does criticize the team, it’s typically mild mannered, and doesn’t hit at the crux of the issue.
Kay doesn’t name names often, and surely wouldn’t take shots at the manager unless it was absolutely warranted. Yet Kay, like most Yankees fans, is at the end of his leash when it comes to Boone’s decision making.
New York hasn’t put up much of a fight through three games against the American League’s best team, the Houston Astros. Game 3 featured another curious bullpen choice from Boone, who took out his ace Aaron Boone in favor of Lou Trivino.
Cole had 95 pitches at the time, and left with two runners on. Trivino allowed the two runs he inherited to score.
Yankees: Michael Kay takes shot at Aaron Boone
The tide might be changing on Boone, a manager who has routinely had the backing of the Yankees front office and general manager Brian Cashman. And if you don’t think New York’s front office has some control over what its broadcast partners say, you’ve never worked in sports broadcasting at the local level.
Sure, Michael Kay is allowed to criticize the team, but typically not to this level. Boone made a mistake, and it backfired. Even Gerrit Cole was surprised he was removed from the game.
If Cole was surprised, then just imagine how Yankees fans felt.
Now, New York can only complain so much about Boone’s antics in Game 3. They managed just one hit through eight innings, and three on the night. Christian Javier owned them once again, and the offense is entirely out of sync.
In the end, Kay has become a national voice, but he knows the Yankees best. If he’s even coming after Boone, something is very wrong with the leadership of this team.