• Ray McNulty On Jim Kaat

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2006 · Comments (4)

    I noticed a link over at BaseballThinkFactory.org to a nice feature on Jim Kaat – which included the following:

    Nor is he reluctant to criticize the Yankees when they play poorly, even though the team’s omnipresent owner, George Steinbrenner, also owns a piece of the network.

    “Being critical has never been a problem, as long as the criticism is fair and honest and deserved,” Kaat said. “Sometimes, I think George likes us to be more critical. I’d never take a cheap shot at anyone, but I don’t hesitate to give my opinions. That’s my job. And I think the fans appreciate the way I do it.”

    Amen.

    Comments on Ray McNulty On Jim Kaat

    1. Raf
      March 23rd, 2006 | 1:49 pm

      I’ve forwarded the article to

      michael_kay@al-yankzeera.net and john_sterling@al-yankzeera.net. Perhaps they can pick up some pointers? :D

      Kaat’s love for the game is evident to anyone who has read his autobiography.

      While I don’t agree with some of the stuff he says (and I wish he would give up the “I wish pitchers would hit so they could face the music” rant he trots out every so often), I can appreciate his work, and his contributions to the game and in the broadcast booth.

    2. baileywalk
      March 24th, 2006 | 10:13 am

      Kaat’s often-illuminating insights would be a lot better if he didn’t REPEAT THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. With him, Kay and Murcer, you don’t need to listen to them call a game: record one, and you can just play it back and it’ll basically be the same thing.

      The problem I have with Kaat is that he often comes off as a stubborn old sonofabitch who can’t get over his bitterness toward youth and the way the world has changed. How many times must he bemoan that pitchers don’t go nine, that the game is specialized, etc.? Get over it already. It’s a different game. He also talks about himself too much. He repeats and repeats the same stories and seems to turn everything back on himself.

      It also becomes a little nauseating when he repeatedly slams the Yanks for the way they play and the way they use their money. He won’t stop sucking on the Twins’ collective tit, and he praises other team’s ballplayers when clearly they’re not that good but just his favorites. He’s better than Kay, but that’s not saying much.

      Also, his obvious dislike for A-Rod is absurd.

    3. March 24th, 2006 | 10:44 am

      Kaat has a dislike for A-Rod?

    4. baileywalk
      March 24th, 2006 | 12:21 pm

      Kaat and A-Rod had a minor spat last year after A-Rod, who tapes and watches the YES broadcasts after the game, complained about how Kaat treated him. Kaat even mentioned it on the air one day. I believe A-Rod was quoted as saying Kaat liked to “stir things up.” Kaat has backed off outright insulting Alex, but he takes subtle digs at him — “surprised” he hit a good fastball, saying he has a “slider-speed swing,” saying he can’t hit a high fastball and the league knows it, etc. He also insisted Ortiz was more worthy of the MVP and seemed reluctant, despite all his old-school-mongering, that A-Rod being a good defender should be taken into account.

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