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.
New York Yankees To Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday
The New York Yankees will jump on the bandwagon of Major League Baseball teams, along with many minor league teams, in celebrating the late rock n' roll legend Jerry Garcia and his band, the Grateful Dead. The Pinstripes will join the San Francisco Giants, Garcia's hometown team, the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds in such celebrations during the 2022 season.
Hall Of Fame Classic Returns To Cooperstown This Weekend
There are so many cool baseball events that go on in Cooperstown each summer. The Hall of Fame Classic baseball game played at Doubleday Field is one of them and is a tradition that goes back a few generations. Names like Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Earl Weaver and Wade Boggs are just a few of the names that have highlighted the games over the years. The Classic was cancelled in 2020, and again last year.
Why Are Huge Fish Heading Up The Hudson River To Albany, NOW?
Some people don't believe me when I tell them that 30 and 40 pound fish are being caught in the Hudson River, in the area between Albany and Troy right now. Each year in the spring, Striped bass or Morone saxatilis, for you fish species experts, can be caught in the Hudson River all the way up to the Troy dam. BIG ONES!
New York Mets Eat $37.6 Million “Canó Sandwich”
On Monday at 4pm, Major League Baseball teams have to reduce their rosters to 26 from 28. The first place New York Mets were wrestling with different scenarios. The first move was painful but easy. Relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley was put on the Injured List on Saturday. The pitcher that replaced him for Sunday's game was Yoan López.
The Unwanted Truth Confirmed By The New York “Yankee Letter”
Some things are pretty simple. Cheating is cheating. There is no, "well, they sort of cheated" in Major League Baseball, where franchises are worth billions and players salaries are predicated on performance. Or maybe there is. On Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's 2017 infamous "Yankee letter" was released, as directed by a judge.
A Cloud That Hangs Over The New York Mets Clubhouse
The New York Mets are rolling. Going into Tuesday's double-header with the San Francisco, the Amazin's are off to a great start under new skipper Buck Showalter with an impressive 7-3 record. Timely hitting and great pitching are the perfect formula for success. However, the veteran manager of over two decades in the dugout knows that simple things can derail a great team. One of those things is chemistry.
New York Islanders Greatest Ever Loses Battle
He changed a franchise. He changed a community. The New York Islanders were building a great franchise but when Mike Bossy came along, something clicked. The Islanders had a goal scoring machine. Two years later, #22 was hoisting the Stanley Cup, the first of four straight for the Long Island NHL franchise.
Judge Denies New York Yankees Mon$ter Offer
Call me harsh but I have little sympathy for professional athletes that turn down fairly valued hundred million dollar contracts. Then, when circumstances or injuries prevent that player from ever earning the amount of money that they turned down, you want to say I told you so.
Time Ticks As New York Yankees Fans Wait On Judge’s Decision
His loyal followers wear number 99 for a reason. In the physical and satirical sense, Aaron Judge is larger than life. For many 2022 New York Yankees fans, the 6' 7" right-fielder represents the greatness of this storied franchise.
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.