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Apple, YES talking Michael Kay trade amid Aaron Judge home run chase

The Yankees have tried to facilitate a trade with Apple, providing Michael Kay, David Cone and Paul O’Neill plus manufacturing help to place Friday’s Yankees recreation on YES, The Post has discovered.

While Apple and MLB have up to now declined the supply to place the sport on YES, Kay is in play on a loaner deal that might make him a part of the Apple broadcast for Friday evening as Aaron Judge approaches Roger Maris’ document of 61 homers. 

At this level, even when Kay is concerned, the sport would nonetheless not be on YES.

Apple TV+ is scheduled to have the unique broadcast of the sport Friday. While it’s a subscription service, Apple has been providing its Friday evening MLB video games without spending a dime. It is scheduled to have the published crew of play-by-player Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence and Katie Nolan on the decision. 

Kay’s function has not been finalized, however because the TV voice of the Yankees, he would presumably make the Judge calls if he does the sport.

Kay couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. It is unclear if he’ll settle for the deal.

Kay additionally is part of ESPN’s MLB protection, internet hosting on some “Sunday Night Baseball” video games with Alex Rodriguez on SNB’s “Kay-Rod” broadcasts.

While YES officers are nonetheless holding out hope that MLB and Apple can be keen to permit YES to air the sport along side Apple TV’s nationwide stream, sources with data of Apple and MLB’s pondering remained pessimistic.

Aaron Judge hits his 60th home run of the season on Sept. 20, 2022.
Aaron Judge hits his sixtieth home run of the season on Sept. 20, 2022.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

YES, based on sources, can also be amenable to simply operating Apple’s broadcast on its air to make it simpler for Yankees followers to observe. This would enable Apple to take care of its exclusivity across the nation.

Fox Sports additionally made overtures concerning the recreation, however the dialogue didn’t go far.

Apple and MLB officers up to now have balked on the proposals, as is their contractual proper. They made the deal to see if baseball can assist Apple’s service develop. Judge’s pursuit of Maris’ 61 homers is about pretty much as good of a recreation because it might think about to have on its air. 

That stated, with out YES, the truth that Judge’s at-bats will solely be on Apple TV+ on Friday is probably going going to trigger a stir. 

While you might be knowledgeable since you faithfully learn The Post’s sports activities media protection, sadly, not everybody does. There is anticipation that such a monumental second in baseball historical past will fail to have the complete distribution channels. 

The Yankees try to make a trade, hoping Apple will enable them to place the sport on YES, the acquainted home for the crew’s video games. So far, Apple sees Friday evening as an opportunity to develop its business, though the character of its settlement with MLB doesn’t give it continuity. Though it’ll probably get a rise in viewership Friday, will those self same individuals return in every week? And it’s well worth the unwell will?

Michael Kay could appear on Apple's Yankees broadcast on Friday.
Michael Kay might seem on Apple’s Yankees broadcast on Friday.
Robert Sabo

While Amazon Prime Video is the home to 21 unique Yankees video games this season, Apple solely has every crew on a number of occasions. 

The nature of how followers watch baseball is native, with a familiarity with its community and its broadcasters.

The Yankees and YES are engaged on a trade, however, in the intervening time, Apple and MLB are solely wanting so as to add Kay. 

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