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Charley Steiner Recalls Story of Yankees Broadcast Offer

“‘The bad news is I told George you might be interested in coming to work for the Yankees. And he told me to stay the f*** out of his business, build me a winner, you have nothing to do with broadcasts. The good news he wants to hire you.'”

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Charley Steiner has been on the job with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 18 seasons as a play-by-play announcer, longer than his time with ESPN or the New York Yankees.

During an appearance on The Press Box podcast, Steiner re-lived how he got an offer from the New York Yankees in 2001 while announcing Barry Bonds’ chase for home run record in quite the interesting manner.

“I was sitting in Brian Cashman’s office. It was a Sunday night game, it was three or four in the afternoon, and just chatting,” Steiner recalled. “And George (Steinbrenner) walk in to the office. I’d known George since from the time I worked in Cleveland back in the mid-to-late 70s. And George was saying ‘Oh, I heard you on television the other day’, just chatting aimlessly.

“He says to Cashman and says ‘I need to talk to you’, so I said ok it was time to leave. So George leaves the office, and I say to Brian — because 2002 would be the first year for the YES Network — ‘You know, if something is available with this new network’ — because they didn’t even have a name yet — ‘I could be interested’. “

Steiner then said Brian Cashman walked into the broadcast booth with a “I have good news and bad news” approach, which caught the former SportsCenter anchor off guard because he expected no news.

Cashman said “‘The bad news is I told George you might be interested in coming to work for the Yankees. And he told me to stay the f*** out of his business, build me a winner, you have nothing to do with broadcasts. The good news he wants to hire you.’ And so that was how it came to pass,” Steiner recalled. “All the while, I’m doing those games up to and post 9/11 and the Bonds home runs. The Giants call and say ‘Would you be interested in coming out and working with John Miller?’.

“My father was in ill-health at the time, and having grown up in New York — and the offers were identical, but truth be told I’d always been a Dodgers fan — so I decided to work for the Yankees so my dad could hear me in his final years, and he did, and that was how the Yankees part of the story came about.”

Steiner spent the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons with the Yankees before joining the Dodgers broadcast booth. Yankees announcer John Sterling reportedly told colleagues how much he disliked working with Steiner, due to his “inaccurate calls” and use of cliches during the broadcast.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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