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Sports Media World Weighs In on New ESPN ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ Crew and Debut of ESPN2 ‘KayRod’ Cast

With the 2022 Major League Baseball season just getting underway, Apr. 10 marked the season premiere of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” Debuting on the main Sunday telecast were play-by-play announcer Karl Ravech and analysts Eduardo Perez and David Cone. Ravech and Perez had frequently appeared together for MLB coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 in recent seasons; Cone, the new ESPN acquisition, is a longtime analyst for the Yankees’ YES Network and had a brief stint with Fox Sports during the MLB playoffs.

The instant Twitter reaction for the new SNB trio from those in the sports media world was overwhelming positive, especially for Cone:

Red Sox centerfielder Kike Hernandez wore a wireless microphone during the game and briefly spoke with the three ESPN announcers

Meanwhile, over on ESPN2, it was the premiere of the alternate Sunday night MLB telecast entitled the “KayRod Cast.” It was established months following the network’s successful ManningCast on Monday nights last fall with brothers Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. “KayRod” was hosted by Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay and former Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been on ESPN’s main SNB broadcast from 2018 thru 2021.

As opposed to ESPN’s new SNB trio, the reviews of the “KayRod Cast” were less than stellar:

The most discussed portion of the “KayRod Cast” was when former Red Sox and Yankee great Roger Clemens joined in to chat with Kay and Rodriguez.

Although Clemens’ career numbers would certainly suffice to get inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Clemens has not been voted in by the nation’s baseball writers for he had long been suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs for at least the latter half of his career.

And, not everyone lashed out at “KayRod”