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Carlos Beltran Joining YES Network Broadcast Analyst Rotation

Beltran is expected to call 36 games, which should make up the difference from David Cone’s reduced schedule on Yankees telecasts.

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Carlos Beltran is returning to the New York Yankees… as a broadcaster. The 20-year major leaguer, who played for the Yankees from 2014 to 2016, is joining YES Network as a game analyst.

YES Network studio analyst Jack Curry reported the official news Friday evening:

As Curry mentioned, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand first reported earlier in the month that YES Network was considering Beltran for an analyst gig along with Jeff Nelson, the just-retired Cameron Maybin, and John Flaherty (who already works for YES).

Beltran is expected to call 36 games, which should make up the difference from David Cone’s reduced schedule on Yankees telecasts. Cone is joining ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth this upcoming season and told reporters on a conference call that his workload would be pared down to 55 or 60 games from the 100 telecasts he called last season. YES also has to fill the opening left by Ken Singleton’s retirement. Flaherty and Paul O’Neill are also game analysts for the network.

Joining the YES Network broadcast team marks Beltran’s return to baseball after being fired as New York Mets manager before the 2020 season. Beltran was dismissed before he even managed a game for his key role in the Houston Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scheme. (Those Astros defeated the Yankees in a seven-game American League Championship Series.)

Beltran will also be on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot. A .279 career average with an .837 OPS, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI, and 312 stolen bases give him a strong case for induction. (Those numbers include a .270 average, .797 OPS, 311 hits, 56 home runs, and 180 RBI in nearly three seasons with the Yankees.)

But will his association with the Astros’ cheating scandal cost him election, especially in his first year on the ballot? If Beltran draws praise as a broadcaster, showing insight and knowledge, that could help how he’s remembered. Strong work in the booth could possibly make him a managerial candidate again.

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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