David Cone, the strikeout artist who endeared himself to New York Yankees fans for his numerous clutch performances and for hurling a perfect game in 1999, initially joined YES as a Yankees analyst in 2002. After pitching for the Mets in 2003 and then retiring from baseball, he re-joined YES as an analyst for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. After a year away from the mic, he came back again to YES in 2011 and has been with the network ever since. Cone has won four New York Emmy Awards while at YES.
In 2019, Cone collaborated on a book with YES colleague Jack Curry called "Full Count: The Education Of A Pitcher," which was a New York Times best-seller. In January 2022, it was announced that Cone would become a game analyst on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecasts in addition to his YES duties.
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Cone compiled a 194-126 record, 3.46 ERA and 2,688 strikeouts in his 17-year major league career. He captured the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 and was a five-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999). The Kansas City, Mo. native, known for coming up big in critical games, posted an 8-3 post-season record and played on five world championship teams: the 1992 Blue Jays and the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Yankees.
The flame-throwing right-hander was drafted by the hometown Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1981 amateur draft and made his major league debut with the Royals in 1986. He played the next 5½ seasons with the Mets; in 1988, he ran up a 20-3 record, 2.22 ERA and 213 strikeouts, and on Oct. 6, 1991, he struck out 19 Phillies in a game.
After short stints with the Blue Jays and the Royals (again), he joined the Yankees in 1995. Arguably his finest season in pinstripes was 1998, when he was 20-7 with a 3.55 ERA and 209 strikeouts. One year later, on July 18, 1999, he hurled a perfect game against the Montreal Expos, only the second inter-league perfect game in major league history. Fellow Yankee Don Larsen's World Series gem in 1956 was the first.
While with the Yankees from 1995-2000, Cone was 64-40 with a 3.91 ERA and 888 strikeouts. He pitched for Boston in 2001, sat out the 2002 season, and pitched briefly for the Mets in 2003 before retiring.