Charlie Voelker is the co-host of The Drive every weekday afternoon from 3 pm to 7pm. Charlie has been a part of the Capital Region Sports scene for over the last 25 years. In 1996 he joined Big Board Sports host and NewsChannel 13 sports director, Rodger Wyland in the UAlbany broadcast booth for football and basketball. Charlie spent 6 years in minor league baseball, then spent the next 17 years as the Associate Athletic Director for the University at Albany before retiring from that position in 2020. Charlie and his wife Kim live in Albany County with his son Andrew.
This Will Determine New York Mets Opening Day Starter For Buck
Back in November, when New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler decided on Buck Showalter as the next Mets manager, deciding on who would be the Opening Day starter for the New York Mets, seemed like a problem for a later date. Well, the day has come and circumstances not foreseen a week ago, have clouded the skipper's choices.
New York Yankees Will Make A Plea To Judge Before Opening Day
Aaron Judge is arguably the New York Yankees most popular players. His All Star performance mixed with a million dollar smile help make 99 a true fan favorite. After this season, Judge is a free agent. Obviously, Yankee fans don't want to lose him and they shouldn't.
New York Yankees Waiting For Spring To Bloom This Outfielder
He has been on the radar of New York Yankee fans since the age of 17, when he signed with the team and played in the Dominican Summer league. Seventeen is a young age to determine if someone is going to be a Major League Baseball player. That's why they call them prospects.
This New York Yankees Party Plays Without A DJ
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has not gotten his bosses a World Series ring since 2009. This is the franchise that holds the Major League record for the trophy with 27 of them. So, the pressure may be building. This offseason Cashman overhauled his infield and got a few healthy players back. Now, some are questioning if Cashman is really finished tinkering.
New York City Mayor Lifting Vax Mandates For Athletes
Just a week ago, the news broke that the law that effects Kyrie Irving with also effect the Yankees and the Mets. No offense to the Nets, but the Yankees and the Mets carry a bit more political weight in the Big Apple. Now, it looks like the Brooklyn Nets will get their star for the rest of their games, home and away.
One Starter Down Already For Yankees Season Opener In New York
The New York Yankees starting rotation is always a revolving question-mark behind Gerrit Cole and maybe pretty reliable lefty, Jordan Montgomery. Will Luis Severino return to form in 2022? How is Jameson Taillon following his ankle surgery? Well, another question-mark presented itself on Thursday.
Who’s The Next Star That Will Call A New York Dugout Home?
The 99 day impasse between the Major League ball owners and the players is over, for at least another few years. Spring training facilities will be buzzing for the remainder of March, as players, coaches and staff get ready for Opening Day on April 7th. But now the fun part begins. Free agency, as well as the trade market, should be on fire for the next several weeks. Let's see who may or may not land in New York.
Was New York Legend’s Departure From Miami Due To Lockout Stance?
February 28th is not the date that baseball executives resign from their positions without some deep, even drastic reasons. Baseball lifers, like New York Yankees Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter are anxiously anticipating the start of season, not dreading it. So, why did Derek Jeter walk away from his CEO position and 4% ownership stake from the Miami Marlins? Could it have been a result on the Marlins' small market ownership stance on the Major League Baseball lockout? Could Derek Jeter's player DNA gotten the best of him during the tense negotiations?
An End Of The MLB Lockout May Be Closer Than We Think
The Major League baseball owners and the MLB Players Association met again on Tuesday. It was announced afterward that "little progress" was made. However, realistically, each step of progress will usher the two sides towards an eventual agreement. And, it may be sooner than we are being led to believe.
If New York Mets Don’t Act Fast, Nimmo May Swim Away in 2023
One bright spot for the New York Mets over the last few years has been the development of outfielder Brandon Nimmo. The lanky athletic leadoff man has been getting better and better. Nimmo was selected with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 draft. Growing up in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a challenge for any aspiring baseball player. Nimmo didn't even have a high school baseball team to play on. His team was an American Legion League team and Brandon stood out enough for then general manager, Sandy Alderson to select him in the 1st round.