Longtime Yankees announcer John Sterling ending three-decade streak

first_imgHe’s expected to step away Thursday, his 81st birthday, and be replaced by YES/ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco.“For the moment, I’m a little under the weather,” Sterling said. “I’ve put in the time. I want to feel better, and they think this is the time for me to do it — and I agree.” Related News John Sterling’s consecutive-games streak as the Yankees’ play-by-play announcer is coming to an end.The longtime New York fixture — known for his trademark home run calls and signature “Yankees win! Thuuuuh Yankees WIN!” after victories —  told the New York Post that he will be stepping away from the booth temporarily to focus on his health. MLB wrap: Yankees complete sweep of Red Sox in London Series The last time Sterling missed a game was in 1989 — 30 years ago — because of his sister’s death.“I thought it was very nice I was able to do it,” Sterling said of his three-decade streak.Sterling didn’t specify how he hasn’t been feeling well, nor how serious his condition is. However, he’s expected to call the team’s series against the Mets this week and to possibly be back in the booth after the All-Star break.center_img Yankees injury updates: Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit appear fine after London Series setbacks According to the Post report, Sterling and booth partner Suzyn Walden have called more games together than any broadcast pairing since they first teamed in 2004.Sterling has been encouraged by executives to take the break so he can make it through the 162-game MLB regular season in good health with an eye toward the postseason.As he prepares to step away, the surprising Yankees are 54-28 entering the Mets series, coming of a two-game sweep of the rival Red Sox in London, and in first place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games ahead of the Rays and 11 games up on Boston.last_img

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