Popular SNY New York Mets analyst Keith Hernandez remains a free agent, but contract negotiations to remain with the Mets-oriented regional sports network are expected to begin shortly, now that the Christmas and New Year's holidays have passed.
Hernandez, 62, has been a commentator on Mets telecasts on SNY for 10 seasons. He has been joined by play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen and fellow analyst Ron Darling to form one of the most beloved broadcast teams in sports.
While SNY's booth for Mets games has been stable since the network's inception a decade ago, there recently has been turnover with on-air talent covering the team. After studio analyst Bobby Ojeda had a contract impasse last winter, he was replaced by former Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa. Meanwhile, field reporter Kevin Burkhardt left for a high-profile gig with Fox after the 2014 season, leading to Steve Gelbs taking over in that role.