Former Major League Baseball pitcher and YES analyst Jim Kaat has established himself over the past several decades as one of the most well-respected personalities in baseball. In March 2006, Kaat won an Emmy for “On-Camera Achievement,” and in 2005 he was nominated for two Emmys in the “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage” category.
In 1996 and 1998, respectively, he was on the team that won New York Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage – Single Program” for coverage of Dwight Gooden’s no hitter and David Wells’ perfect game. In 1998, MSG Network’s Yankee telecasts, of which he was a part, also won the New York Emmy for “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage Series – Professional.” In 1995, Kaat was nominated for a New York Emmy award in the “On Camera Achievement” category.
While at MSG, Kaat also provided pre-game insights on the Yankees Score Card half-hour pre-game show that aired prior to most Yankees telecasts. In 1995, he also called the Yankees/Mariners playoff series for the Baseball Network and ABC Sports.
Previously, Kaat spent one year as the chief analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and was also the primary analyst for CBS Sports when it held the rights to Major League Baseball from 1989-93.
Prior to working at CBS, Kaat handled a variety of analyst duties with WTBS (Atlanta), ESPN and NBC Sports. While in Atlanta, he also did play-by-play and analyst work for WSB-AM radio. In 1988, Kaat covered Olympic baseball on NBC and handled the college World Series, and the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series for ESPN. During the same season, Kaat was the primary analyst for Minnesota Twins games on CBS affiliate WCCO-TV before moving to CBS Sports.
During the 1986 season, he was the analyst and play-by-play announcer for WPIX-TV, working 100 New York Yankees games. In 1984 and 1985, Kaat was the chief correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, and covered the World Series. Kaat began his baseball broadcasting career during the strike season of 1981 as an analyst working for the Home Team Sports Network, covering minor league games before resuming his playing career for two more seasons.
Kaat made his major league debut in 1959 with the Washington Senators. Over his 25-year playing career, he compiled an impressive 283 wins and an ERA of 3.45 with six different major league teams. Kaat was a three time All-Star and won a record 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1960-1965. He earned a World Series ring as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 and played in his final game on July 1, 1983 with the Cardinals.