People & Personalities: Singleton To Work Reduced Load For YES In '19
In Newark, Randy Miller notes Yankees analyst Ken Singleton has "decided to return for a 23rd season" with YES Network in '19 on a reduced work schedule. YES and the Yankees are "all for the popular Singleton returning regardless of how many games he calls." The net and Singleton's agent are "still working on final details to a new one-year contract." Singleton will "drop from 55 games this season to about 24" in '19. He "plans to work two of the Yankees' three road trips to Baltimore and Tampa Bay -- he has homes in both places -- plus work a couple series" in N.Y. and pick one other road trip (NJ.com, 8/9).
GET WELL SOON: NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy said that his most recent cancer diagnosis has been "especially difficult to accept." He said, "It hit me hard. It’s like ... this is never going to stop. We didn’t anticipate this result." He added that he "goes in for regular checkups on his lungs every six weeks." Remy: "I would think that within a week and a half we know what they’re going to do and how." In Boston, Chad Finn notes Remy has been diagnosed with cancer at least four times, and there was "some assumption on social media after NESN made its announcement that Remy would not return this year." But that "cannot be determined right now" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/9). Also in Boston, Joe Dwinell notes Steve Lyons has "taken over Remy's seat as the team travels to Toronto and Baltimore this week" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/9).
HITTING HOMERS: FS Southeast Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson drew criticism for questioning the age of Nationals LF Juan Soto, and in Atlanta, Mark Bradley wondered if Simpson’s "love for the Braves has come to trump all else." He "rarely criticizes a Brave, while praise for an opponent seems offered through gritted teeth." Bradley: "I can’t imagine him suggesting that Ronald Acuna, say, is older than 20." Simpson is the Braves' "leading ambassador." Bradley: "I’m not sure if Simpson is giving his audience what he truly believes or what he thinks it wants, but he really is ... coming across as crabby. That needs to change" (AJC.com, 8/8).
ADDING ON: New Chargers radio color analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that he was "interested for years in adding game broadcasts to his duties but the travel schedule didn’t mesh with his family life." In San Diego, Tom Krasovic notes Jeremiah also works for NFL Network, but because he can fly on Chargers team flights, the additional work "won’t prevent him from watching most or all of his son’s high school football games in Temecula and attending myriad other events involving his children." Jeremiah "not only provides the team a San Diego connection ... but also, with 260,000 followers on Twitter and the global reach of the NFL Network, a national brand" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/9).
EXTENDED TIMEOUT: PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Curtis Crabtree noted Pro Football HOFer Warren Moon "remains absent from Seahawks radio broadcasts as he continues his leave of absence following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him in December." He "will be replaced" by former NFLers Mack Strong and Jordan Babineaux for preseason games and former NFLer Dave Wyman for regular season contests in the interim. Moon has served as a color analyst since '04 (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 8/8).