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Chuck Booth (Website Owner and Lead Baseball Analyst)
I am a Guinness Book of World Records Holder, for being the Fastest person ever to see all 30 MLB home ball parks in only 23 days! I did this from Apr.6-April.28th of 2012. I broke my own record after first establishing the mark with a 24 days submission in 2009. I am also going to work as a travel mentor to several people that will attempt to break or set individual records in this same category in 2013 and 2014. I also have created my own dedicated page at the Reports that will focus solely on road trips such as this by extreme ballpark chasers, for more info click here.
I am also a baseball historian/author and have written a book on the traveling to all 30 MLB Parks, you can see a preview right here. I have been to all 30 MLB Parks 4 times in the last 6 years and also have been to all 50 USA States in the last 5 years. I have a strong knowledge on the travel industry and the 27 MLB Cities that have franchises.
I usually prepare 3-4 weekly articles (any topic goes) 1 of these articles will be payroll breakdowns for every team for every team from Sept. 5/2012 until training camp. Fridays are ‘Franchise Fridays.’ Anything and everything baseball is covered in my posts! I am attempting to bring the history for each of the 30 MLB Franchises into a 5 part series for each club that will focus on 1. The teams history. 2. The hitters 3. The pitchers and 4. The Ball Park that they play in and 5. Payrolls and Contractual Status for all teams moving forward. Be sure to check my historical archived articles page here. Or to see all of my archived Pieces here.
Mission Statement: I am aiming this website to be a magazine styled format in which passionate writers may express themselves in thought provoking articles that will really resonate with our readers. We are also going to be airing 1 Podcast show a week from every March-October and 1 per 2 weeks from October to March. We look to social media in continuing the interaction with our fans. We are part of the Facebook and Twitter Movement. As I like to say, “‘we are not your cookie cutter’” website and we will always strive to maintain our original hard hitting content that will separate us from the other places that cover baseball.
Jonathan Hacohen – Founder, Lead Baseball Columnist and A’s Correspondent:
Jonathan has been following and writing about baseball for almost 20 years. He founded “MLB reports” in 2010. Jonathan enjoys reporting and discussing all aspects of baseball, including MLB and MiLB. His articles are posted and updated at MLBreports Jonathan resides in Toronto and covers many Blue Jays games…but his heart ultimately is in Detroit. Jonathan bleeds Tiger Orange and Blue- my 2nd home is Comerica Park! For all of his article archives click here.
Feel free to reach him on Twitter: Follow @jhacohen
Paul Francis Sullivan (Sully) Lead Baseball Writer/Daily Podcaster and #1 Personality
Sully has appeared in the HBO Sports documentaries “Curse of the Bambino” and “Reverse the Curse of the Bambino” as well as on ESPN2′s Cold Pizza and NESN’s “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey.” He has performed stand up comedy all across the United States and appeared on the TV show “Monk.” He is currently a producer for Wild Eyes Productions in Los Angeles. Sully has previously produced such shows as”Axe Men”, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show.” He received an Emmy nomination for his work on San Francisco public television. An award-winning filmmaker, he directed the feature film “I’ll Believe You” as well as many short films including “Sergi” as featured on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” Sully’s personal blog is here He has been a contributing baseball writer for USA Today, Baseball Digest, The Hardball Times and Time Out New York. His videos can be found on the Sully Baseball channel on YouTube. Subscribe to his daily Podcast here Follow Sully on Twitter: Follow @sullybaseball
Sam Evans – Baseball Writer
Sam Evans is a high school student from the Seattle area. He is a longtime Mariners fan, and has been an off-and-on season ticket holder for the last five years. Sam enjoys interacting with readers and digging beneath the surface to find the truth in baseball. Sam was our 2nd Intern who has graduated to the position of Baseball Writer. For all of Sam’s archived articles- click here. Sam loves writing, talking, watching, and playing baseball. Sam Also writes for the Marlins website Fish Stripes. “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” -Paul Gallic You can follow Sam on Twitter: Follow @RJA206
Peter Stein – Fantasy Baseball Analyst
Peter Stein is a life-long avid White Sox fan, despite growing up in Maine surrounded by Red Sox fans. Peter’s favorite players are Mark Buehrle and Juan Uribe. As the Fantasy Baseball Analyst, he writes a weekly column with a fantasy angle. Not a fan of stats like ERA and RBI, Peter is an avid supporter of sabermetrics and its ability to predict the future performance of a player. Although an educator today, he ultimately hopes to work in baseball. You can follow Peter on Twitter: Follow @PeterWStein
Robert Whitmer – Baseball Writer
So it’s me, Robert Whitmer. I am just your normal guy, or at least what I see as normal guy. I grew up in a military house and with having a military dad comes moving every three to four years. I have lived in Oregon, Connecticut, Alaska, Philly, Boston, Arizona, and ended up in the Austin, TX area. I love baseball and have been to Fenway twice. Unfortunately I have only been to 3 professional stadiums. I have a beautiful wife and five kids who are my life and inspiration. I try to teach them to love the game for the game and not any other reason. All of us but one bleed Red Sox blue. My wife says she likes the Yankees just to mess with me. I love to write about anything baseball related. I look forward to spending time with my readers as they get insight to my life through my articles. If you like what you read, follow me on Twitter: Follow @RWhitmer I reply to everyone who takes their time to ask me questions!
Bernie Olshansky – Baseball Writer
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve experienced some exciting times with the local baseball teams—the Giants winning the World Series being the most memorable highlight. Some of my favorite players include Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum, and Cliff Lee among others. I played baseball up through my freshman year of high school and transitioned into being a full time fan. I regularly attend major and minor league games when I have free time. I enjoy working at a baseball store. I’m finishing up my junior year of high school and hope to major in Journalism or Sports Administration in college.
Follow Bernie on Twitter: Follow @BernieOlshansky
Kyle Holland – Baseball Writer
You can follow Kyle on twitter: Follow @TheKHolland13
Kyle is a life long baseball fan outside of Boston. He is a sophomore in high school has played baseball since he was 5. Although growing up in one of the best baseball towns in the major leagues, he has been a Giants fan since 2009. He credits his aunt with the Giants being his favorite team as she lives in San Francisco. Some of his favorite players include Buster Posey, Stephen Drew, Trevor Bauer, Stephen Strasburg, and minor leaguer Danny Hultzen. He’s visited 3 major league stadiums, Fenway Park, Rogers Centre, and AT&T Park. His most memorable sports moment was in 2002 at his first game ever when he saw Derek Lowe pitch a no-hitter at Fenway Park. He will be a college freshman in 2015 and hopes to major in sports management or journalism.
Ryan Dana – Baseball Writer
Ryan Dana is junior studying physical education with a concentration in coaching at Bridgewater State University. He has been playing baseball since he was 7 and coaching since he was 14. Ryan wants to be a college baseball coach once he graduates. Ryan is, and always will be, a diehard Boston Red Sox fan. Secondary to baseball, he is a big health and fitness enthusiast. You can find Ryan on Twitterbase. Follow @ryandana1
Jake Dal Porto - Baseball Writer
Jake Dal Porto is a student from the Bay Area. He is a big time Giants fan and his favorite players are Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, and Sergio Romo. Jake’s favorite sports moment was when the Giants won the World Series back in 2010. He loves to use sabermetrics in his work. He thinks they are the best way to show a player’s real success compared to the basic stats such as ERA, RBIs, and Wins. Jake also enjoys interacting and debating with his readers. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @TheJakeMan24
Patrick Languzzi – Cooperstown Correspondent
Patrick’s a lifelong Red Sox fan who grew up in the Boston area and came of age with the Pennant winning ’75 Red Sox.
He is a graduate of FSU (Framingham State University) with a degree in Business and focus on Quantitative Economics.
Patrick comes to MLB Reports as a contributing writer for the Bleacher Report where he has written numerous award winning articles on baseball and football.
His credentials include:
- Statistician producer for New England Sports Network (NESN) documentary on the Dwight Evans biography.
- Statistics and Research for NESN’s Documentary on the Carl Yastrzemski Biography.
- Guest Baseball writer to Baseball: Past and Present - Weekly segment: Does He Belong?
What you may not know about Patrick is he’s the 2001 INBF Natural National Middleweight (no PED’s) Bodybuilding Champion and a 2006 WNBF Pro Mr. Universe finalist. His true love however has always been baseball.
Patrick’s passion for the Hall of Fame runs deep and he’s been an outspoken advocate of former Red Sox great Dwight “Dewey” Evans. You can visit his grass routes campaign blog at: www.calltothehall.com - a site designed to help inform baseball fans on Evans’ career accomplishments and Hall of Fame credentials that include: video footage, Hall of Fame player comparisons, complete career statistics, pictures and a direct link to an online petition for those in favor of supporting Evans for the Hall of Fame.
You can follow Patrick on Twitter: Follow @PatrickLanguzzi
Haley Smilow: MLB Junior Correspondent
Haley Smilow is a sixth grader in New York City. During the school year when she is not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys playing soccer, reading, and hanging out with her friends. But her true passion is baseball and the New York Yankees! In August 2011, Haley and her family set out on a quest to visit all 30 ballparks over the next 4 years. Join Haley on this journey as she talks baseball with players, club executives, ushers or just about anyone who willing to talk baseball.
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Lori Martini: Roving Reporter and Special Guest Baseball Writer
Lori Martini is a girl on a mission! The Brooklyn resident is a die-hard NY Mets fan who has written what she hopes will become the new Mets anthem. Her song “Believe” debuted at Citi Field on May 27, 2011. Angel Pagan has called it “inspirational”, and Justin Turner formerly used it as “his song” when he walked up to bat in 2011. “Believe” has also been performed during Cyclones games in Brooklyn. The “Believe” music video was released on July 1, 2011, coincidentally the same day that Ruth Roberts, the woman who wrote the original Mets song “Meet The Mets” back in 1969, passed away.
Just recently Martini’s song “I’m Not Perfect” was placed and featured on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms Miami.” It has created quite the buzz and has been inspiring young women including the quoting of the lyrics and the covering of the song on YouTube. Lifetime is now going to feature the song on their site and on their network as well as on a soundtrack. Angel Armas and Victor Smalley, choreographers from “Dance Moms Miami” and “So You Think You Can Dance” called the song EPIC.
To say Lori is a baseball fan is somewhat of an understatement. She is an actress who got her start by talking her way into a Hugh Grant film that just happened to be shooting at Shea Stadium. She plays on several softball teams, has been to every Major League baseball stadium in the country(to our knowledge, Lori is the first female to accomplish this feat in 2005 before re-certifying every time a new park opens), plus she has her own bobblehead doll, and she has written, produced and stars in a short film called “Caught” which centers around, you guessed it, softball. She raised the money to make this film by selling Mets and Cyclones tickets. “Caught” is now making the rounds of film festivals and has already garnered a “best actress” award for Lori, and a “best drama short” award. If that were not enough, she was recently cast in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial where she plays a Mets fan. The spot aired April 2, 2012 and will run throughout the 2012 baseball season. Lori was interviewed as a ‘baseball expert’ at Citi Field by MLB Reports Lead Writer Chuck Booth’ here and also wrote a great review when she visited New Marlins Ball Park here. Her mission is to not only try and set the Guinness World Record for women in 2013, but to have her song “Believe” played at each MLB Stadium.
To learn more about Lori Martini and her story click here. You can also follow Lori on Twitter: Follow @LoriMartini and check out her song ‘Believe’ here on Youtube (Justin Turner of the Mets previously used this as his walkup song and it was also recently heard on VH1′s House of Consignment).
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