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Former Orioles great Ken Singleton leaving Yankees broadcast booth after 2018 season

New York Daily News

This one is (just about) gone.

Ken Singleton, who has been an analyst and play-by-play announcer on Yankees telecasts for MSG and the YES Network since 1997, announced Monday on Twitter that 2018 will be his final year in the booth.

Singleton, 70, grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and played 15 years in the majors with the Mets, Montreal and Baltimore, making three All-Star teams as an outfielder with the Orioles between 1977-81. He also finished as the runner-up to Don Baylor in 1979 AL MVP voting and was a member of the Orioles' World Series championship team in 1983.

Singleton served as a color commentator for the Blue Jays and then the Expos from 1985-96 before joining MSG Network doing Yankees games in 1997. Singleton has been part of the YES rotation of analysts that also features David Cone, John Flaherty, Al Leiter and Paul O'Neill alongside Michael Kay, and he often fills in as the play-by-play announcer when Kay is unavailable.

"I'm finding this hard to accept," Kay tweeted Monday about Singleton's pending retirement. "I've known about it for awhile but I've been trying to change his mind. I'm not giving up in my quest. Twitterverse, please tell Kenny he should not step away following season. Too much more to give!"

In 10 years with the Orioles, Singleton hit .284 with 235 doubles, 182 home runs and 766 RBI. He was a three-time All Star and won the 1982 Roberto Clemente Award for his community service.

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