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Ken Singleton being honored Tuesday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the press release, passed along by the YES Network.

As a kick-off to Black History Month, McDonald’s New York Tri-State Area Restaurants is once again celebrating the achievements and talent of Black Media Legends at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the unveiling of the 2010 Faces of Black History poster. For the past 7 years, this annual Black History campaign has been an extremely successful event. Faces of Black History was proudly created to salute and honor Black History makers throughout our community and our country, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to present day heroes.

The 2010 honorees are Black Media Legends who have impacted the Black community through their achievements and positive examples. This year’s honorees include James “JB” Brown – CBS Sports, Art McFarland – WABC 7, Bill McCreary – (formerly of) Fox 5, Ken Singleton – Yes Network, Dari Alexander – Fox 5, David Ushery – WNBC 4, James Ford – WPIX 11, Cheryl Wills – NY1, Michael Coleman – News 12 Long Island, Ken Grimball – News 12 Long Island, Charles Hobson – PBS, Ed Lover – Power105.1 FM, Bob Slade – 98.7 KissFM, Gerry Luke – Fox 5, Tracy O. Emory – CBS 2, Carl J. Brinson aka “Tiny Prince” – Trend Publishing Co, Inc, Don Thomas – New York Beacon, and Thomas H. Watkins – The Challenge Group.

During the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, February 2nd from 12-3pm, we will unveil the 2010 Faces of Black History Poster featuring our 18 honorees. These free commemorative posters will be given away during Black History Month, with no purchase necessary, at the more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Tri-State area. The posters are enjoyed in homes and classrooms alike.

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• The Marlins have signed former Yankees reliever Jose Veras to a minor league deal. They also got former big league closer Derrick Turnbow and infielder Danny Richar, who I’ve seen play pretty well in Triple-A. Nothing fancy, but a solid second baseman.

• The Pirates — of course — have signed Doug Bernier to a minor league contract. Bernier had a terrible year with the bat last season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he’s a very good defensive player and I always got the sense that Dave Miley loved having him around. He had a bad year, but Bernier knows what he’s doing out there.

• Now that Gustavo Molina has signed with the Red Sox, Jose is only one catching Molina left on the free agent market. Gustavo, by the way, is not related to the three Molina brothers.

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55 Responses to “Ken Singleton being honored Tuesday”

  1. Fran January 29th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Chad,
    I just wanted to say that you are doing a good job with the blog since taking over. I enjoy reading new posts on various topics instead of rehashing the same old topics. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  2. Phil the Thrill January 29th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Nice for Kenny. He was a better player than Jim Rice, but he’s not in the HoF. Nice to see him get some rec.

  3. pat January 29th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I hate the filter. :evil:

    I read a story about Harper this morning.

    He’s playing baseball at a junior college and the season starts today.

    His coach cut off all media contact for him. No interviews allowed.

    He’s scheduled to be in the 2010 draft and they believe the Nationals will take him.

  4. baseballfab January 29th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Better player than Rice?

    Cmon.

  5. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 29th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    The Yankees have no shot at Bryce Harper no matter how much he loves the Yankees…..

    Congrats to Kenny Singleton. He’s my favorite announcer on YES…

  6. Boston Dave XXVII January 29th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    “The Yankees have no shot at Bryce Harper no matter how much he loves the Yankees…..”

    ————

    you’re 99.99% right.

    Harper shouldn’t be eligible until the 2011 draft but he got his GED to circumvent the system.

    His agent? Scott Boras.

    He could throw some ridiculous # out there and suggest that Harper can wait until 2011 if he doesn’t get it.

    Even then he’d still probably get drafted in the top 3… but it’s not unequivocally impossible (in a perfect world :) )

    The good thing is, he’ll certainly get a MLB contract and after his 6 years are up… he could be a free agent at the tender old age of 24?

    And his dream is to play for the Bombers. Ahh.. 2017 :)

  7. m January 29th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Congratulations to “Singy” Just kidding, I know you guys that one just as much as I do.

    Congratulations to Mr. Singleton. Can’t wait to see him on the air again!

  8. gianthinker January 29th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Any change Jose Molina returns?

  9. hobbie January 29th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    only if he buys a ticket, giantthinker, only if he buys a ticket. More likely to wind up with the Mets

  10. joeman January 29th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    this has to have been talked about…..looked fast didn’t see it

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered Johnny Damon a one-year, $6 million contract late last week and he turned it down.
    Half of the contract — $3 million — would have been paid out in deffered sums over the next few years. Damon, who hit .282/.365/.489 with 24 home runs, 82 RBI and 107 runs scored last year, is holding out for something better. So far the A’s, Rays, Tigers, Reds, Braves and Blue Jays have expressed interest in the 36-year-old outfielder. With so much interest, perhaps he’ll be able to top the Yanks’ proposal, but it won’t be by much. Jan. 29 – 11:38 am et
    Source: SI.com

  11. m January 29th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Is Seattle allowed to have 50 on their active roster? They’ve signed Eric Byrnes and are reportedly interested in Baldelli (along with Yankees).

    As for that report, mlbtr has at least one of those teams saying they’re not in on Damon. Rays and Blue Jays would be most likely. And I could see why Damon would be insulted with deferred money from the Yankees with Alex, CC, Tex, and Jeter’s $20m+ salaries.

  12. Boston Dave XXVII January 29th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    “And I could see why Damon would be insulted with deferred money from the Yankees with Alex, CC, Tex, and Jeter’s $20m+ salaries.”

    ———–

    Damon can’t really compare himself to any of those guys or their contracts. They’re all different situations.

    Damon just got through a $52M contract and at the time he signed it, it made him one of the highest paid (if not the highest) CF in the game. So he already got his big payday.

    It has little to do with what anybody else makes. It has to do with his market value right now.

    Clearly, nobody wants to pay him anywhere close to what he wants. That means… he probably isn’t getting it.

    That’s not the Yankees fault.

  13. Rich in NJ January 29th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    “And I could see why Damon would be insulted with deferred money from the Yankees with Alex, CC, Tex, and Jeter’s $20m+ salaries.”

    m

    If he is insulted, he’s out of touch with reality.

    Alex, CC, Teix, and Jeter are superstars, two of whom are under 30. Of the other two, one is a top 2 or 3 player in the game, and the other may turn out to be among the top three SS in MLB history.

    In contrast, Damon is a soon to be 37 year old who may now be a DH.

  14. Rich in NJ January 29th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Boston Dave beat me to it.

  15. Rich in NJ January 29th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    btw, As Tyler Kepner pointed out tonight on ESPN 1050, the Yankees bid against themselves with regard to A-Rod’s contract because Hank ignored Cash’s advice. When Cash calls the shots, they won’t do that, which has probably hurt Damon.

  16. Eric Plunk January 29th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    So here’s the deal. First time poster, long time reader. I’ll try to keep this short. I have to admit, when I found out that Pete was taking off, it was a big blow. My girlfriend couldn’t quite understand how I likened it to finding out that you were losing a friend. Checking the blog has been part of my daily routine since its inception. I’ve been spreading the gospel about the blog to anyone that I knew was a fan.

    Given his open affinity for the Patriots and Rhode Island roots, along with the fact that he always artfully dodged the question about his passion for the team with a politically correct answer, it was no surprise that he left for the Globe. Great for Pete, all for it and thankful for him really crafting and creating not only a unique medium to provide insight and access in real time, but for being the ring leader of what has turned into a great affinity based community. He had the perfect blend of professional journalism and reporting, humor, and intellect. He knew how to market and sell information in digestible and accessible titles and it was endearing, he did successfully in his own way. To be honest, it was a one stop shop for all of my Yankee info needs. Pete was on the ball and even if it wasn’t of interest to him, he knew exactly what would be of interest to us…even if it wasn’t newsworthy at the moment, he would have some kind of valuable insight that provided us with real perspective.

    The one element that was missing, was that we didn’t have a ring leader to rally around and collectively share in that enthusiasm. So it comes down to this; I understand the ethics of reporting…but this is an affinity based, online community of die-hard, obsessive Yankee fans. What an amazing opportunity to have that kind of access, and have a medium to report the info that wouldn’t warrant a story in the paper, but remains an ongoing story-line. How else would we have any idea why Cervelli looked like he was 2010 Scarface on a float from A-Rod if it weren’t for that insight about how A-Rod had taken a liking to him and that the two had become friends. The Randy Johnson anecdotes were priceless. Its those glimpses of someone’s personality that make for great content that we can’t get enough of!

    1) Timely reporting
    -Its become an annoyance to find out that key info is being posted well after other sites and publications are live with news. If you aren’t first, you lose your value.

    2) Complete reporting
    -To be honest, that John Heyman piece today was the first Damon article that was comprehensive to the extent that in incorporated all of the bits and pieces from these other outlets. That’s what we want. Not someone to make sense of it for us, but just arm us with all of the information and insight that you have the luxury of having access to. This is a huge story, and yes, as annoying as it is, its more annoying to have to search all over the internet to sort fact from fiction. This is a gold mine of a story with big significance on multiple levels.

    3) Player Stories
    -Tell the stories of these guys, how about some more biographical info to get a read on who they are as people and baseball players. This isn’t the NHL…one of the reasons why people love this sport so much is because you get to see these people as they play without helmets and masks. We have a ton of individual personalities and want access to get to know them. You have that platform, we want you to deliver! There is a huge element of this game that we all relate to.

    4) Advance Research
    -Prior to games, we want to know who has success against who…what are the stories to look for. What are the angles that make it that much more interesting that I wouldn’t know otherwise. Are there other personal story lines that connect opposing players, etc.

    Sam, love your work. Loved the guests posts and your enthusiasm. Chad, gotta say…I was anxious to see that first video blog and get to know you guys. We want to feel your enthusiasm and you are way too young to be a jaded beat writer. Show us some passion and get into this thing. There aren’t many other teams that have the kind of rabid fan base that the Yankees have, let alone the built-in audience that Pete created for you. We have a voracious appetite, and Pete gave us a taste of how good it can be and we have every expectation that you will deliver on that and more. Here’s to it!

  17. tim January 29th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Ken Singleton is a great role model for the African American youth, and really deserves this award! Congrats Kenny!

  18. lets go yankees January 29th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    For anyone that cares. Maybe Chad, since you put a post up on it the other day…

    The PECOTA projections have changed quite significantly, because apparently there was a glitch or problem with yesterday’s projections.

    http://baseballprospectus.com/.....mode=login

  19. lets go yankees January 29th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    “Reading through the comments of yesterday’s announcement that the PECOTA projections have been released, it is evident that there is a lot of concern over several aspects of the data, ranging from the projected standings to individual quirks. We understand and appreciate that this reflects a lot of passion for what we do here at Baseball Prospectus. To be blunt: we messed up, and are working to fix the issues.

    One issue involves the run environment: individual player projections do not match up with the run totals on the projected standings.

    Another problem revolves around BABIP, as defense was being double-counted (double-counted).

    These and other issues are being worked on and we hope to have an update provided by the end of the day, to unmess up. Please stay tuned for further updates.”

  20. Frank January 30th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    “Better player than Rice?

    Cmon.”

    He wasn’t better than Rice, but he was very good for a time. Got to see a lot of him with the O’s in the mid-late 70′s. He was a really good hitter. An OBP machine. Just a ridiculous batting eye, but considerably less than outstanding power (hit 25 or more homers once, only reached 60 extra base hits once). Still had 3-4 100 RBI seasons and walked more than he struck out over his career. Didn’t have great physical gifts. His arm was maybe ordinary and he was pretty slow. But he made it work enough to have himself quite a career.

  21. Nick in SF at SFO January 30th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    So we might NOT be finishing in 3rd place???

    Hope renewed!

  22. Frank January 30th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    “So we might NOT be finishing in 3rd place???

    Hope renewed!”
    =====================

    Phew!!!

  23. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Career:

    OPS+:

    Singleton: 132
    Rice: 128

    wOBA:

    Singleton: .370
    Rice: .375

    wRC+

    Singleton: 137
    Rice: 132

  24. ariel January 30th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Jim Rice was one of the most (if not the most) feared batters of his generation. If he didn’t consistently do battle with the press, and others, his HOF admission would have come much sooner. Though the “enemy” he must be given his just do.

  25. ariel January 30th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    ….”due”. (getting rather sloppy)

  26. Nick in SF at SFO January 30th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Singleton demolishes Rice in the not-being-a-doooosh category.

  27. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    In Rice’s 3 prime/peak/best years (1977, 78, 79), Ken Singelton finished higher in the MVP voting in 2 of those 3 years….

  28. Frank January 30th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    “Jim Rice was one of the most (if not the most) feared batters of his generation. If he didn’t consistently do battle with the press, and others, his HOF admission would have come much sooner. Though the “enemy” he must be given his just do.”

    Rice was always a borderline guy so far as the HOF goes, and appropriately so.

  29. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Now they’re in the playoffs?

    Great…I already sold my tickets.

    I don’t think Ken gets the announcer love he deserves.

    I’m telling you there’s talent in that voice. The dude is suave.

  30. Bo Knows January 30th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Rice, the most feared hitter – Sorry, that’s Boston hype. He wasn’t even the best player on his team. How would they fear him? He had an ugly scowl? He was strictly a product of Boston stadium and the hype.

  31. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Rice was feared because of his perpetual scowl.

  32. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Looking at the statistics Rice was probably the best player on his team 2 times in his entire career. Guy has no business being in the HOF

  33. Bo Knows January 30th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    The only “feared hitter” would be Vladdy in his prime. You couldn’t pitch to him. I saw him rope a double on a ball that bounced before the plate. Really. Sheffield before Vladdy – Johnson over Beltran, and people ask me why I hated Big George. Don’t get me started on Puffball Hank and the A Rod contract.

  34. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    If Sheffield’s “foul home runs” had counted, he might have passed Aaron.

  35. NYYanksFan January 30th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    “I’ll try to keep this short.”

    :neutral:

  36. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Angels will win 78 games ??? I have a grand on the overs

  37. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    test

  38. crawdaddy January 30th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    “btw, As Tyler Kepner pointed out tonight on ESPN 1050, the Yankees bid against themselves with regard to A-Rod’s contract because Hank ignored Cash’s advice. When Cash calls the shots, they won’t do that, which has probably hurt Damon.”

    Which is probably one of the reasons why Hank is now in the background as far as running the Yankees. It was a terrible deal and I think Hal/Cashman will handle the Jeter and Rivera contracts this year.

  39. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Okay that means that there was something the censor didn’t like. Rather than attempt to reconstruct, I will just say that I love what Chad, Sam, and Josh have done with this forum. Amongst other things, but certainly not the least, they have set a professional and CIVIL tone, absent of snark and sarcasm. To me that’s a gold standard for a forum that is supposed to be uniting a group of people in their love of a common entity (of course we all know the Yankees are uncommon…) If we can manage to have healthy, stimulating discussion with a minimum of nastiness, the rest will take care of itself. The trio has done a great job of bringing us up to date on what is happening.

    *********************

    “Because of the difference, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the YES Network on Thursday that ‘the book closed on Johnny a long time ago.’ The Yankees did ink Johnson, and added what will probably be their last outfield piece this week by signing Randy Winn to a one-year, $2 million deal.”

    Pat M and Wave, I’d say this tracks with what both of you have been saying. The book closed on Johnny a long time ago.

  40. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Rich in NJ
    January 30th, 2010 at 12:44 am
    Rice was feared because of his perpetual scowl.
    ====

    Well, if you had to play in front of fans who’s favorite past time is hurling racist epithets at players of color, you’d scowl, too.

  41. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I have always considered Baseball Prospectus a Red Sox publication (figuratively, not literally) and as such afford it no credibility whatsoever. If I do that to my own detriment, so be it.

  42. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    …whose favorite past time…

  43. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    trisha,

    I read these things in the spirit that it’s fun. I don’t really expect any sort of realism from them.

    Seeing the players for yourself is the ticket.

  44. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Hi Boddy! We posted at the same time, what a surprise. I thought of you this morning when I was throwing bread and chocolate cake out for the squirrels and birds. There was a beautiful little chickadee at the bird feeder. Within a few minutes four or five squirrels were in the back yard eating chocolate cake. They turned their little noses up at the bread!

    :)

  45. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Bod – I guess I am so into the stimulus-response mode when it comes to anything soxian that I automatically eschew the product. I can’t even go there, if you know what I mean!

  46. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    “Which is probably one of the reasons why Hank is now in the background as far as running the Yankees. It was a terrible deal and I think Hal/Cashman will handle the Jeter and Rivera contracts this year.”

    I wonder if the extra tens of millions they gave Alex has also caused Hal to pull in the reins in other areas, like IFA.

  47. angela in HK January 30th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    unrelated and i’m not sure if it’s been posted… but if Roger from Amsterdam is already in HK, he might like to go see the trophy on Friday. it’s too bad i’ll be away.

    http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/ne.....643984.htm

  48. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    (Bod, just to explain, you had mentioned blue jays fighting on your fence and so when I so the chickadee at the feeder it made me think of you since you too seem to appreciate nature.)

    :)

    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Javy
    Phil/Joba
    Chad
    Sergio

    The interesting question is whether the loser in the Phil/Joba sweepstakes – taking for the moment that one of the two will be in the starting rotation – ends up staying stretched out for starts or is utilized as a setup man for Mo. This is sure going to be an intriguing ST.

  49. Carl January 30th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/medi.....id=7151339

    Part 2 of the A-Rod interview. I like this one better.

  50. Fran (the original) and OPPC member January 30th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Morning all.

    Hey Trisha,
    Looking at your pitching list I heard Cashman mention that Aceves is also in the mix for that last starting spot.
    I do believe that Joba or Hughes will end up as the set-up man for Mo.

  51. Rich in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    “I thought of you this morning when I was throwing bread and chocolate cake out for the squirrels and birds.”

    I have always wondered about why people do this. Doesn’t it risk causing unwanted animals to be attracted to the readily available food source as well?

  52. roberto for paul January 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Jeez, plunk- in the immortal words of stripes…”Lighten up Francis”

  53. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 8:39 am
    Hi Boddy! We posted at the same time, what a surprise. I thought of you this morning when I was throwing bread and chocolate cake out for the squirrels and birds. There was a beautiful little chickadee at the bird feeder. Within a few minutes four or five squirrels were in the back yard eating chocolate cake. They turned their little noses up at the bread!
    ===

    Hey Trisha,

    I ran out of here earlier and missed this lovely post.

    I have a deeply personal response to this post, in fact. It’s not something I would not write about here, but I assure you, this touched a chord very deep within…let’s say I view what you wrote as a message…

    As usual, you write from your huge heart. Bless you.

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