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David Cone to continue calling games for YES while joining ESPN's "SNB"

David Cone will "continue to call Yankees games for the YES Network" while joining ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" booth next season, though his presence will be cut back, according to Bob Klapisch of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Cone's workload at YES will be "reduced from last season’s 90 games to approximately 50-60" with him joining Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez in the "SNB" booth. YES will be "hard-pressed to replace Cone," who has been with the net since '11 and has "carved out a unique niche in the booth." He has been able to "tell stories as an ex-player without getting lost in nostalgia." Instead, Cone has "embraced advanced analytics to the point of becoming an expert." Cone’s reduced workload for YES represents "another setback for the network." Buck Showalter last month "severed ties as a post-game analyst upon being hired" as Mets manager. He had become a "must-watch during his time at YES." A source said that recently retired MLBer Cameron Maybin, whose 15-year career included stints with the Mets and Yankees, is "one of the candidates being considered" to join YES (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/7).

MLB'S NEW KAY-ROD: On Long Island, Neil Best notes ESPN on Friday made official the new "SNB" booth along with the fact that Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez for eight "SNB" games "will provide alternate coverage on ESPN2." The "Sunday Night Baseball with Kay-Rod" duo will be the "main broadcast team for two exclusive regular-season games" (NEWSDAY, 1/7). Meanwhile, ESPN also announced this morning that analyst Doug Glanville would join Jon Sciambi to form the network's new ESPN Radio "SNB" booth for this season (ESPN).

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