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One Of Baseball's Best Pitchers, Kaat Excels In The Booth, Too

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Jim Kaat is one of the rare athletes to achieve greatness on the field and in his second career in the press box.

One of the game’s best broadcasters who currently works for MLB Network, Kaat spent 25 years in the big leagues, pitching in the 50s and the 80s. The southpaw won 283 games with a 3.45 ERA,  won 16 Gold Gloves, appeared in three all-star games, and won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 1982.

In the last election, he missed the Hall of Fame by just two votes.

Kaat built a reputation as an incisive and honest commentator during a dozen years broadcasting Yankees games, a tenure recounted in his new book If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From the New York Yankees Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, which is published by Triumph Books.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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