Here I was thinking I was showing my dedication by starting my blogging day at 4:30, and lo and behold I turn on WFAN and discover my venerable predecessor, Steve Zipay, talking Rangers hockey with Malusis.

I need to start getting up earlier if I'm going to make it in this business.

Anyway, away we go . . . 

One dangling MLB announcing issue was resolved Thursday with ESPN's decision to add Orel Hershiser to its Sunday night booth.

Well, here's another for you: YES for now has decided not to replace David Cone in its analyst rotation.

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Instead, with former NYT scribe Jack Curry picking up some studio analyst duties, John Flaherty and others likely will increase the number of games they work.

Tino Martinez will appear on six preseason games beginning Friday but is not on the regular season roster.

There remains one big question on the baseball announcing front: TBS' replacement for Chip Caray as its lead play-by-play man.

Not sure whether the network will go for a non-big-name to become its new face for the regular- and postseasons or whether it will go for a splash on its playoff package with a guy like (Commack) Bob Costas.