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Bumbling Sterling botches more calls

Managers and coaches can be fired by teams during the season for poor performance. They should do the same to radio announcers.

Once again, John Sterling proved he is awful. In the bottom of the first inning of the New York Yankees’ game Friday against the Minnesota Twins, Derek Jeter hit a ball to deep left field. Sterling didn’t go into his “It is high! It is far! It is gone!” shtick. But he fumbled around before declaring Jeter’s drive went off the wall.

But I knew it wasn’t off the wall, nor a home run, just by the crowd reaction. There wasn’t any cheering. Sterling then realized that left fielder Denard Span caught the ball.

In the second inning, he had the Yankees turning a double play on a grounder by Joe Crede. Again, the fan reaction suggested otherwise.

“Why did they call him safe?” Sterling asked.

Analyst Suzyn Waldman had to point out that Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira dropped the ball. Much like Sterling did. Again.

I wish there was a Stanley Cup playoff game I could listen to instead of Sterling!

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May 16, 2009
12:36 a.m.

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There is only 1 move for the NYY to make . . . and that is to demand the voice of the Dutchmen, Matt "Tiny" DuBrey head to the Bronx to don the headset.

May 16, 2009
1:04 a.m.

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Didn't Sterling sign a three year extension last season? He is not going anywhere, and that's too bad. The Yankees have the worst play by play guys in baseball. Michael Kay is knowledgeable, but his voice is awful; he can;t raise it without it cracking, and Sterling is a CLOWN; there is no other word to describe him. Waldman is terrible and Sterling does all 9 innings. No announcer, not even the windbag Vin Scully should do nine innings. These guys never retire.

I loved Harry Kalas, but that's the only way to get these guys to leave----in a pine box.

May 17, 2009
12:03 a.m.

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ungerbr, think Matt can handle it? LOL

May 19, 2009
9:57 a.m.

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Phil Mushnick pointed out in his May 18th column more Sterling miscues and outright distortions of truth and called for him to resign or at least let a fresh voice in the booth to share the play by play. Columnists all over the state continually bash this pompous ass.

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