The NYT reports today that David Cone will rejoin the YES network as a game and studio analyst in 2008, filling the void left by Joe Girardi’s shift to the dugout. Nothing but love in these parts for David Cone; the job seems a natural for him. As a player and de facto team spokesman, Cone’s candor and essential even-handedness was something all sensible fans appreciated. He had an intuitive grasp of the “game” between media and athlete—he understood what each of those parties needed to practice their professions—and was gifted in satisfying all parties without resorting to the constant stream of cliches we expect from both sides of that equation. Cone was also the Yankees player rep, and so should give fans a more nuanced picture of the relations between union and ownership, and what they’ve begot. Don’t expect a firebrand. Just a bit of honesty. Welcome back.