John Sterling, legendary Yankees broadcaster, could announce retirement soon, per report


Legendary New York Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling may soon announce his retirement from the broadcast booth. 

Sterling, 85, will hold a press conference on Friday, and Andrew Marchand of The Athletic reports that he is expected to detail his future plans at that time. Marchand writes: 

“There is an expectation among Yankees and WFAN officials that he will retire because of health concerns, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation. The team and the station have left it up to Sterling, leaving the possibility he could change his mind.”

Marchand adds that if Sterling does indeed announce his retirement on Friday, then he’ll step away immediately. He is not presently scheduled to broadcast the Yankees’ Friday road game against the Rays.

Sterling is presently in his 36th season as a Yankees broadcaster, and overall he’s been in the broadcasting industry for more than six decades. At one point in his Bronx tenure, Sterling called more than 5,000 consecutive Yankees games. Best known for his pun-driven home run calls, Sterling is perhaps most closely associated with the great Yankees teams of the 1990s and early 2000s that featured personalities like Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and manager Joe Torre. 

Sterling was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. 

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