This press release from the YES Network:
David Cone, the strikeout artist who endeared himself to New York Yankees fans by hurling a perfect game for the Bronx Bombers in 1999, is returning to the YES Network as a Yankees analyst, splitting his time between the booth and studio.
Cone will also host YESâ€™ Emmy Award-winning childrenâ€™s-themed Yankees on Deck series and will participate in weekly chats on YESNetwork.com.
â€œAn astute student of the game, David will be an excellent addition to our on-air lineup,â€ said John Filippelli, president of production and programming for the YES Network. â€œHe was known as a fierce competitor who relished a battle, and Iâ€™m confident that he will bring that same burning desire to excel into the booth.â€
The backstory: Cone was with YES during the 2002 season. But when he made a comeback with the Mets in 2003, it created some hard feelings in Tampa. Never mind that the Yankees didn’t want him back at the time.
This is a great hire for YES. Cone is a smart guy who knows New York, knows the Yankees and has the ability to break down games better than most of the talking heads on television.
If the Yankees are smart, they’ll have Cone spend some time with Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and the rest of their young pitchers. Of all the athletes who passed through New York in the last 20 years, few handled the media and the pressure better than Cone.
YES also announced that Bobby Murcer, Ken Singleton, Al Leiter, Paul Oâ€™Neill and John Flaherty will return as analysts. Michael Kay is back doing play-by-play and (name deleted) will be the field reporter.