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.
The Return Of This Pitcher Makes The New York Yankees Even Better
The New York Yankees are rolling. The last thing that fans of opposing teams, like Red Sox Nation, want to hear is that the Yankees starting pitching is on the brink of getting stronger. That is exactly what is happening.
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.
Capital Region Mets Fans Hop To See Scherzer In Binghamton
The texts began on Monday when it was announced by the New York Mets that their All Star pitcher Max Scherzer would be pitching a rehab start in Binghamton for their Double-A affiliate, the Rumble Ponies. My Mets fans friends were taking an interest poll of making the two-hour journey. Due to work obligations I, along with my friends, were out. Then came the text on Tuesday from my 21 year-old son a little after 5pm. "I won't be home for dinner." I had little doubt of where he was going.
Boy Tries To Steal Second Base During New York Mets Game
Having worked in minor league baseball, one learns that in-between-innings promotions with little kids don't always go exactly how planned. In fact, even in the big leagues a six-year-old does what, well, a six-year-old does! Who knows what that is going to be? Tuesday night, as the Mets were taking on the Astros, the Houston promotional staff and players got a big surprise from six-year-old "Oliver," during a fan contest.
Who Is The King Of New York Baseball Judge or Alonso?
As the first day of summer dawns, the two New York Major League Baseball teams are on a collision course for another Subway World Series for the first time in more than two decades. The Yankees have the best record in baseball. The Mets have the second best scorecard. In a few weeks, the two will face off for their regular season series. Maybe then we will see which team is better. However, which team has the best all around player? Who is the king of New York baseball?
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!
3 Fun Games Will Make Your Little Leaguers A Better Players
The hardest thing for a baseball coach or a parent to do, is to make practice fun. Especially at the younger ages, fun practices help engage the players and teach them valuable fundamentals at the same time. Making competition fun is a key aspect of being a good baseball player. Here are 3 baseball game/drills that are fun and will help make your Little Leaguer a better player.
A Son’s Gift Of Memories From The New York Mets Manager
Many of us that are dads, spend a little extra time thinking of our father's that have long passed on Father's Day. The day will often conjure up memories of time spent with a person that truly shaped our lives. Small moments many times become big memories.
FIFA World Cup Coming To New York / New Jersey
A World Championship is coming to MetLife Stadium and it won't involve the Giants or the Jets. FIFA announced the host cities for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday, with the bid representing New York and New Jersey among the 16 chosen. MetLife will be the "New York" site.
Terrifying Practice For 75 Upstate New York Youth Soccer Players
With everything that is going on in the news these days, sending your kids anywhere can have some parents on edge. Youth soccer practice for 6 to 11 year-olds can usually be seen as a sure bet for at providing a safe atmosphere. However, on Tuesday about 75 soccer players and their families had a different experience and got true scare right on their field.