John Sterling drastically cuts Yankees games for second half
Legendary Yankees radio player John Sterling will miss 25-30 road games in the second half of the season as he, the team and its flagship station, WFAN, manage his schedule, a learned The Post.
Sterling, who turns 84 on July 4, will call all Yankees home games and travel to Fenway Park, Camden Yards and Citi Field.
“It’s just to recharge my batteries,” Sterling told the Post. “I’ve been playing road games with teams for 52 years. I love this game, but I hate being on the road.
Sterling said he’s following the lead of the Mets’ Howie Rose, who misses a few trips. Sterling mentioned a host of players played by players, including Vin Scully, who reduced his travels in his final years before retiring.
The Yankees and WFAN identified candidates including YES/ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco, Yankees digital reporter and Jomboy host Justin Shackil, Spanish-speaking Yankees player Rickie Ricardo and they floated the idea that the perhaps radio analyst Suzyn Waldman could move on. to call a game or two, according to sources.
The Waldman on the play-by-play scenario, while possible, seemed the least likely.
Ruocco’s commitments to ESPN — he’s the lead voice of the WNBA, among other gigs — may limit his availability. Shackil could end up with the bulk of the matches.
Sterling is expected to call every game, home and on the road, in the Yankees’ scheduled playoff appearance.
Sterling and Audacy New York Market President Chris Oliviero recently met at Yankee Stadium to plan the rest of the season. The pair had pre-season talks about reducing Sterling’s playing load.
Three years ago, the Sterling Yankees’ streak of 5,058 games ended.
Sterling is in Minnesota for the Yankees’ three-game series with the Twins which begins Tuesday.
Arlo White gets paid
The new Saudi-backed golf league, led by Greg Norman, is spending a lot of money. It inspired players, such as Dustin Johnson, to join the PGA Tour. The organization has now announced that it has added revered play-by-player Arlo White to lead its coverage, which will currently air on platforms including YouTube and Facebook.
And White, unsurprisingly, will be paid very well, the sources say. We don’t have exact numbers, but White has gone from hundreds of thousands a year to millions on the go, sources say. And we’re told that in addition to the eight-to-10 events for LIV, White is still allowed to add a football component to his duties.
White had been NBC’s main Premier League football player and was the caller on Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” series. (By the way, he’ll continue on “Ted Lasso,” The Post has learned.)
NBC replaces White with Peter Drury.
The LIV Golf League kicks off Thursday. He was shrouded in controversy as the PGA battled against his establishment, while Norman and Phil Mickelson played down Saudi atrocities.
“They’re some scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson told Alan Shipnuck in his biography about him. “We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it?
“Because this is a unique opportunity to reshape the way the PGA Tour works. They were able to get by with manipulative, coercive, heavy-handed tactics because we, the players, had no recourse.