He’s not the best color man in the league for nothing, folks.
David Cone interviewed but was overlooked for the job when the Yankees were seeking a new pitching coach over the winter, so the YES Network analyst self-deprecatingly engaged in a comedic exchange on air with Yankees manager Aaron Boone about the subject on Wednesday.
Boone was mic’ed-up during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ spring-training game against the Nationals. After play-by-play announcer Ryan Ruocco asked him about injured starter Luis Severino’s pending Tommy John surgery, Cone jumped in with a tongue-in-check question about the man who beat him out as the replacement for longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
“You have a new pitching coach, Matt Blake. We’re hearing a lot of rave reviews from the pitchers. How’s that gone so far?” Cone asked, via NJ.com. “Anybody else in the offseason you interviewed that you might have been impressed with, too?”
Boone let out a laugh and played along, replying, “Some broadcaster came in!
“Coney was great in our interview process,” Boone continued. “It was a rigorous process that we went through. We interviewed a lot of guys, and…