MLB Fans Share Emotional Reactions to Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling’s Retirement

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John Sterling, the unmistakable voice of the New York Yankees for over three decades, is calling it quits.

The legendary Yankees play-by-play broadcaster announced his retirement on Monday and will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 20. In total, Sterling called 5,420 regular season Yankees games along with 211 postseason Yankees games since 1989. 

Sterling issued the following statement on his departure:

“I am a very blessed human being. I have been able to do what I wanted, broadcasting for 64 years. As a little boy growing up in New York as a Yankees fan, I was able to broadcast the Yankees for 36 years. It’s all to my benefit, and I leave very, very happy. I look forward to seeing everyone again on Saturday.”

The 85-year-old Sterling hinted at being “near the end” of his broadcasting career earlier this April and has already cut back on road game assignments this past season. 

“Day in and day out, season after season, and city after city, John Sterling used his seat in the broadcast booth to bring Yankees fans the heartbeat of the game, employing an orotund voice and colorful personality that were distinctly, unmistakably his own,” the Yankees said in a statement. “We congratulate John on a remarkable and illustrious career. His contributions to this great game and to the Yankees franchise will echo long into the future.”

In response to the news, MLB fans poured out their love and appreciation for the radio legend and thanked Sterling for the unforgettable memories.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.