YES Network analyst Ken Singleton talks with The Post’s Justin Terranova about his broadcasting future, Clint Frazier and the Astros’ grim reality.
Q: Have you liked what you’ve seen from Clint Frazier this spring?
A: It’s a different story here in the spring. But if you could perfect your outfield skills with the combination of the wind and the sun, that’ll translate to the big-league level. And he’s looked pretty good. He’s swung the bat pretty well, though there’s never been any doubt he could hit. He hasn’t been tested a lot, but everything that has been hit his way he’s handled smoothly.
Q: What did you like about Jordan Montgomery before the injury?
A: He was a winning pitcher. He’s a pitcher in every sense of the word. He throws pretty hard, but he’s not a flamethrower. He had a lot of [Masahiro] Tanaka-style in him. He can make pitches look good that really aren’t — the chase rate is up there, particularly on the curveball. I just think he really knows himself and knows how to make his particular repertoire.
Q: Who is the biggest threat to the Yankees in the American League?
A: The Oakland A’s. Other people may say the Astros, but I think they are really in for it this year with the fans. Just look at the way they are getting treated in spring training. They had a home game [Tuesday] and when [Jose] Altuve came to bat there was a lot of booing going on. If this continues wherever they go, it’s going to drain on them. They are really going to have that mentality of it’s us against the world. That’s really what it’s going to be. And that’s not even getting into retaliation from other teams. But I like Oakland anyway, they are a strong team.
Q: What is that like dealing with as a player?
A: This is going to be a level we haven’t seen very often. I don’t feel sorry for them. They brought it on themselves. There’s no contrition that I’ve seen, at least not the extent that people would have liked to have seen. I am just not happy with what they’ve done and how they’ve handled it. Now, they have to suffer the slings and arrows from the field and the fans.. All of them are going to suffer and they should.
Q: How long do you plan on sticking at YES with the part-time schedule?
A: It’s a year-by-year thing. It depends on what happens near the end of the year. I could see this ending. I still really enjoy it, but eventually it’s going to have to stop. We have a contingent of broadcasters who are excellent and could do the job. Maybe it will be time to start watching from afar, but I am good with the way things are going right now.