John Flaherty in January 2019
|Born: October 21, 1967|
New York City, New York
|April 12, 1992, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2005, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||395|
John Timothy Flaherty (born October 21, 1967) is a television baseball broadcaster and a former Major League Baseball player. Flaherty was a catcher, and last played in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. He is currently a broadcaster for the YES Network.
Flaherty grew up in West Nyack, New York and graduated in 1985 from Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey. He went to grammar school at St. Anthony School in Nanuet, New York. He attended George Washington University, graduating in 1987 with a BA in Speech Communications and a minor in Psychology. He batted and threw right-handed. In 1987, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1988, he moved through the farm system and broke through with the Sox in 1992. He also played for the Red Sox in 1993, and in 1994 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Rich Rowland. In 1996, Flaherty had a 27-game hitting streak. This ranks as the third-longest hitting streak of all time by a catcher, behind only Sandy Alomar, Jr.'s 30-game streak and Benito Santiago's 34-game streak.
In 1996, the Tigers traded Flaherty to the San Diego Padres, along with Chris Gomez, for Brad Ausmus, Andújar Cedeño, and a minor leaguer. In 1997, the Padres traded Flaherty to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Andy Sheets and Brian Boehringer. He played as the Devil Rays' everyday catcher through the 2002 season. As a member of the Devil Rays, he earned notoriety for breaking up a Pedro Martínez no-hitter in the ninth inning.
In 2003, he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees. With the Yankees, he served as a back-up to regular catcher Jorge Posada. He is best known for a 2004 pinch-hit game-winning single that ended a 13 inning game against the Boston Red Sox. In the 2005 season, Flaherty developed a good working relationship with pitcher Randy Johnson, and was paired with Johnson for most of the pitcher's starts that season.
Flaherty participated in the 67th annual Yankees Old-Timers' Day on June 23, 2013, the first time he played on Old-Timers' Day. He also appeared in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2011, Flaherty founded the Rockland Boulders, a member of Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. They play their home games at their new 4,350-seat/16 suite Provident Bank Park in Rockland County, New York.
Following his retirement, Flaherty joined the YES Network as a color analyst on Yankees telecasts. In addition to game commentary, Flaherty has also served the network as an analyst on the New York Yankees Pre-Game Show, Yankees Batting Practice Today, and the New York Yankees Post-Game Show. He has also appeared on the network's youth-oriented show Yankees on Deck.
John Flaherty is well known by his nickname "Flash."