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.
See A NY Mets All Star Pitch In Upstate New York On Tuesday
It's not too often that a guy making $43 million per year pitches in Upstate New York but thanks to the Syracuse Mets and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies we have that opportunity at times. Tuesday is one of those occasions and Mirabito Stadium in Binghamton should be rumbling with excitement. As of 7:30am there are still good tickets available!
Fired New York Coach May Get Free Beer For Life
Sometimes your glass is half-full. Sometimes your glass is half-empty. It's tough to look at getting fired from a storied franchise, which you helped return to glory with back to back Stanley Cup semi-final appearances one season ago, as a half-full event. However, in some cases, the grass may actually be greener or "hoppier" on the other side.
A Petco Park First Was Done By This New York Met On Monday
Petco Park is the home of the San Diego Padres. The stadium opened in 2004 with some 1400+ Padres home games having been played. Yet in that time span, no Major League Baseball player had ever hit for "the cycle" (a single, a double, a triple and a home run in one game), until Monday night.
This New York Mets Squirrel Is Driving Opponents Nuts Again
It's no secret that the New York Mets are hot, winning their record setting sixth straight series to start the season on Tuesday. Sure, you can point to Buck Showalter or Max Scherzer, even Mr. $341 Million, Francisco Lindor, is playing great. However, there is one Mets player, that has been around a few years, who is not getting as many headlines. Maybe he should.
This Happens In New York Baseball About Every Four Years
The New York Yankees and Mets play each other each year in a regular season Subway Series. The two met for the only time in the World Series with the Pinstripes prevailing in 5 games. On a daily basis the two New York Major League Baseball franchises beg for attention from the nation's biggest media market.
What To Say When Your Kid Doesn’t Make The Team
It's a tough time of year for parents, as kids are coming home from school disappointed that they didn't make the school spring sports team that they tried-out for. It's hard to have that right thing to say, especially when you are coming home from a long day of work with your own troubles. Perspective on both sides of the ball help in this situation.
New York Colleges That Made The Top 50 Most Expensive In America
This is not a newsflash. College is expensive. We spent the past twenty years saving for my son to go to college. Student loans have become a political platform. Colleges across America are charging some steep prices for one year of education. Let's see which New York Colleges and Universities are amongst the Top 50 most expensive in America.
College Football Players From West Point Involved In FLA Overdose
Spring break always brings to light the heart-breaking dangers of young people indulging in large amounts of alcohol and drugs. Many of these situations get worse in party hot-beds like Ft. Lauderdale, where there are predators looking to take advantage of the unsuspecting, inebriated college students. However, sometimes you don't expect the issues to involve student from particular colleges or universities.
World Cup Pass For Russia Shows Why FIFA Is A Joke
I completely understand and support the belief that sports and entertainment should stay out of politics. However, when it comes to right and wrong, like killing innocent people in your neighboring country because you feel like it, then I think it's time to make a statement. I like college soccer but I'm not an international professional soccer fan. From the outside, the governing body, FIFA, has always seemed willing to sacrifice integrity for whatever currency is being offered. We have Major League Baseball, why would I take on another dysfunctional greed driven sport to follow?
New York Yankees Look For Answers During The Lockout
As the stalemate between the Major League owners and the MLB Players Association continues, so does the pursuit of a coveted 40-man big league roster spot for over 3000 minor league baseball players. So, the New York Yankees Tampa facility is still buzzing this spring, except for about one third of their players...