David Cone’s broadcasting expertise is headed to ESPN.
Per Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Cone will join the booth for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Karl Ravech will do play-by-play, while longtime ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez joins Cone on commentary. In a continued shakeup, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez will host an SNB “Manningcast” with YES Network play-by-play man Michael Kay.
Cone too is expected to remain at YES, per Marchand, but at a reduced schedule.
This is a tremendous step forward for Cone, who also hosts the “Toeing the Slab” podcast for Jomboy Media. His insights on YES are almost always spot-on thanks to his 17 MLB seasons and his understanding of the game borders on academic.
It’s also worth noting that Cone has expressed interest in coaching before, and even interviewed for the Yankees’ pitching coach job before the team hired Matt Blake. Now, perhaps David Cone can follow in Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s footsteps. Boone served as a Sunday Night Baseball analyst before the Yankees hired him. Could Cone follow that same path?
One way or another, this is great for ESPN. Cone’s commentary features the perfect blend of analytics and old-school knowledge, and he has a great sense of humor too. Given how Sunday Night Baseball badly needed a makeover, hiring David Cone is a home run.
Or, since he’s a pitcher, maybe a perfect game thrown in less than 100 pitches.
Giving ARod his own "Manningcast" on Sunday nights is an awful, terrible ideahttps://t.co/KRCLUN4Lhc
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) January 7, 2022