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The complete shake-up of “Sunday Night Baseball” will end with the TV voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, being a part of the Alex Rodriguez “Manningcast” on ESPN, according to sources.
The creation of Kay-Rod means that Rodriguez will not be on weekly “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts anymore.
The new SNB team will consist of YES’ David Cone and Eduardo Perez as analysts, while Karl Ravech will be the play-by-player. Cone is expected to stay at YES, though his schedule will be reduced.
Meanwhile, longtime ESPN SNB reporter Buster Olney’s role on the main telecast is in question, The Post has learned.
ESPN declined to comment.
Rodriguez favored working with Kay over Ravech and his new ownership role atop the Minnesota Timberwolves made his preference to not work SNB every week, according to sources. Rodriguez spent four years in the main SNB booth.
The exact format of the “Kay-Rod” broadcasts has not been finalized, but presumably will include guests, just like Peyton and Eli. ESPN has been doing alternative “Megacasts” for years, so it has a wide variety of choices to pick out of its bag.
The Kay-Rodriguez duo will do somewhere between 10-12 games. ESPN has about 25 weeks of “Sunday Night Baseball.”
ESPN also could have the new first round of the playoffs, if that is agreed upon between the players and owners in a new collective bargaining agreement. Presumably, Kay and Rodriguez would call a playoff series.
Kay will continue to call his full slate of Yankees games on YES.
Action Network’s Darren Rovell first tweeted that Kay will be Rodriguez’s partner.
As for Olney, he has been an MLB fixture for nearly two decades for ESPN. While he ceded the breaking news space to colleague, Jeff Passan, his best role at the network was the dugout reporter on Sunday nights, where he would nearly always add insightful content.
He may still contribute to SNB, but he could be shifted to a variety of roles. ESPN’s Marly Rivera is one potential replacement for Olney, but ESPN may use more of a committee approach.