Prone hitters and third-base coaches with a ball bearing down on them soon will be on their own. That “Look out!” will not be heard at Yankee Stadium much longer.
Ken Singleton, a Yankees analyst since 1997, announced Saturday that Sunday would be his final game before retiring, a goodbye act he has tried to pull off for years only for YES voices to persuade him to stay a bit longer.
At last, the broadcaster has seemed to hold firm, confirming an earlier report from The Post’s Andrew Marchand.
Singleton thanked a slew of people around the network and team during the fourth-inning announcement of Game 161, Yankees-Rays at the Stadium.
“I’ve been broadcasting baseball for 37 years,” said Singleton, whose post-playing career began in 1985 as a color commentator with the Blue Jays. “But the time has come to stop.”
Singleton first announced he would retire in 2018 to spend more time with his family, before YES Network swayed him into returning by reducing his schedule.
That same dance has continued the past few years, but the 74-year-old sure spoke with conviction as he made his emotional farewell Saturday.
Michael Kay allowed Singleton a half-inning to thank just about everyone, from the Yankees to George Steinbrenner, who hired him, to the players and coaches over the years, to Bobby Murcer and many of the faces around YES.
Singleton held it together until he looked to the man to his right.
“I can’t overestimate what it’s meant to work with you, Michael,” Singleton said to Kay. “Our job is to inform and entertain, and there’s nobody more informative than you. Nobody.
“And as far as entertaining, we’ve laughed at each other’s dumb jokes over the years, and hopefully the people out there thought they were funny. If not, well, you can get a sense of humor.
“… But I just wanted to say: Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart to all of you.”
Singleton, who originally played for the Mets in 1970 and ’71 before a standout career in Montreal and Baltimore, was asked by Kay if perhaps he could be sweet-talked one more time.
“No, not this time,” Singleton said.
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