Whenever Major League Baseball’s 2022 season begins, one of the most familiar and trusted columnists covering the sport won’t be a part of it for the first time in the last 25 years.
Ken Davidoff retired from New York Post last week (his last day was February 28) after covering the New York Yankees as a beat writer for the Bergen record and press day, before becoming a national baseball writer in the latter publication. He eventually moved to To postwhere he was MLB’s national columnist for 10 years.
He shared the news of his retirement from To post on Facebookaccompanied by a photo of him studying at the Michigan Dailythe University of Michigan student newspaper.
“For the first time since ’93 I’m out of a job, but this time I’m a lot less anxious about it,” Davidoff wrote. “After nearly 29 years as a sportscaster, the last 25 covering baseball, I have decided to close this chapter of my life and try something different. What exactly it will be, I’m not sure, although I’m already exploring a few ideas.
“I couldn’t have fulfilled my childhood dream without the support of my family, my friends, my colleagues and the baseball people,” added Davidoff. “Some of you encouraged me while work took me away and kept me extremely busy; some of you have made work fun by hanging out in stadiums, hotel lobbies and even congressional hearings; and some of you have helped me with information and ideas. Thank you all. Goodbye.”
Sadly, after more than 25 years of covering baseball, Davidoff’s final story was about the lockout not ending as team owners and players couldn’t come to an agreement. As a result, the 2022 MLB season will be delayed by at least a week (including each team’s first two series on the schedule) and likely much longer.
In his farewell column for the To post (but not his final report, due to negotiations between MLB team owners and the players’ union extending through March 1), Davidoff thanked 10 people who made baseball coverage memorable, including Derek Jeter, George Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez, Yoenis Cespedes, David Ortiz and Carlos Beltran. (The column is behind the New York Post paywall.)
“Damn, did he give us stuff to write about all the senses,” Davidoff wrote of A-Rod. “Right at the top of my head: the slap game and other playoff struggles (and triumphs)…two American League Most Valuable Player awards…a flurry of personal relationships…not one but two illegal performance-enhancing drug scandals, the latter of which resulted in him sue MLB and the Players Association! … simply the best. Without him, I wouldn’t have lasted this long, although I would have slept more.