Michael Kay, the voice of the New York Yankees for decades, announced Bob Trainor’s passing on Sunday during the YES Network broadcast of the game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. Trainor was a “40-year mainstay” in the local sports scene. Kay then followed with a heartfelt eulogy for Trainor, extending her sympathies to “Bob’s family and friends.”
Just one catch. WFAN sports anchor Mike Mancuso says Trainor is fine and well. Sad news, Kay sighed. “Sadly, Bob Trainor, whom you undoubtedly saw at New York’s big league ballparks and other athletic events, passed away today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s loved ones since he was a mainstay at every clubhouse in the area for the past four decades.”
Quick update: I’ve been enjoying DMing certain fans to give clarity to some things but I won’t be doing that moving forward because some have posted a few of the DMs. Everything I wrote I would say publicly but it kills the one on one intention of the DM. Fun while it lasted.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) September 3, 2022
On Sunday, a brawl broke out between the Rays and Yankees after New York third baseman Josh Donaldson was hit by an up-and-in fastball.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) September 6, 2022
Going into play on Tuesday, the Yankees have a five-game lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East. This is a far cry from their season-high division lead of 15 1/2 games in early July.
Kay and Sterling worked together as the team’s radio announcers on WABC for ten years, from 1992 to 2001. In 1998, Kay and Sterling hosted a nightly radio show on WABC titled Sports Talk with John Sterling and Michael Kay.
Yankee Talk, a weekend pre-game radio show, was presented by the two during the baseball season. For two years, from 1992 to 1993, Kay had his own program on WABC. During that time, Kay kept up her role as a fill-in sports reporter for WABC-TV and continued working as a spot reporter for ABC Radio
co-hosting off-season shows with Sterling. Kay was hired to anchor a daily radio show on what was then called “1050 ESPN Radio,” after ESPN Radio leased (and eventually purchased) WEVD radio in 2001.
After WCBS bought the Yankees’ radio broadcasting rights in 2002, Kay moved to the newly launched YES Network while Sterling stayed on the air. Since then, Kay has been the Yankees’ primary TV play-by-play commentator.
Kay has collaborated with a revolving door of YES partners, sometimes having as many as four collaborators in a single season. Ken Singleton, David Cone, Al Leiter, Paul O’Neill, Jim Kaat, John Flaherty, Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, and Bobby Murcer are just some of the former professional players who have taken coaching jobs.
Around 125 games every season had Kay on the call for the YES Network and Prime Video (the Prime games were once broadcast in Yankees territory through a network managed by WPIX-TV).
Kay was invited to announce the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium for the 2008 MLB All-Star Game by the league. To announce the seventh inning of the Yankees’ last home game at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles on ESPN on September 21, 2008, he joined Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.
Miller claims that ESPN felt they needed to bring in Kay to cover the local flavor of the broadcast for the Yankees in light of the fact that the YES Network was not permitted to air the game.
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