Ryan Ruocco was supposed to call the three-game series in Toronto between the Blue Jays and New York Yankees. Plans have changed, however. The Yankees and WFAN decided that John Sterling would be on the radio shows the rest of the way.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post was the first to report the news on Twitter. He says the comeback was Sterling’s idea. He didn’t want to miss the chance to call some of the most important home runs from Aaron Judge’s historic season.
In June, Sterling announced he would build between 25 and 30 days off into the second half of the schedule. He did not face any health problem. He just wanted to avoid traveling as much as possible.
“It’s just to recharge my batteries,” said John Sterling The New York Post at the time. “I’ve been playing road games with teams for 52 years. I love this game, but I hate being on the road.
Justin Shackil, Rickie Ricardo, Howard Kellman and Brendan Burke are among those who have called the games on Sterling’s days off.
As of Sept. 19, Aaron Judge had hit 59 home runs in the 2022 season. That’s two shy of Roger Maris’ 1961 home run mark of 61, which is a New York Yankees and American League record.
John Sterling isn’t the only Yankees broadcaster hoping to make history. Last week, YES Network play-by-play man Michael Kay admitted that “it will be a bummer” if the killer hits happen in games that aren’t shown on YES Network.