Brendan Burke won't be calling New York Yankees games this year ... at least not on the radio.
According to Neil Best in Newsday, the television play-by-play voice for the New York Islanders on MSG Networks and the NHL on TNT announcer will be calling baseball games during the 2023 season, but on Peacock. Per the report, Burke, who was considered a front-runner to replace John Sterling last summer, will become the lead play-by-play man for the live-streaming service's Sunday Major League Baseball package this season.
His first game is scheduled to be a Yankees game, when the Bronx Bombers visit the Cincinnati Reds on May 21st. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post was the first to report the hiring.
Burke was one of four broadcasters to fill in for Sterling last summer as the legendary voice decided to scale back his road schedule. In addition to Burke, WFAN, the radio home of the Yankees, also had Sterling's seat covered by Ryan Ruocco, Justin Shackil, and Rickie Ricardo.
Last month, it was announced that Justin Shackil, a WFUV Sports product, would take over the WFAN Yankees reporter role vacated by Sweeney Murti and become Sterling's permanent radio play-by-play backup alongside Suzyn Waldman.
Burke's busy hockey schedule, which goes deep into May since becoming a TV voice for the NHL on TNT, was always going to be a considerable obstacle in handling a full-season of Major League Baseball broadcasts, but the Peacock broadcasting schedule appears much more manageable, and he will certainly be a pleasure to listen to for Islanders fans and those being newly introduced to 38-year-old.
Until then, Islanders fans hope there is at least one round of playoffs where Burke will be calling Islanders playoffs games before his national TV and baseball broadcast duties start later this Spring.