Author Archive

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
I am a freelancer for the Trib, providing a weekly "Pirates By The Numbers" column highlighting the most important statistical trends for the Bucs as well as feature-length articles.

"Sabermetrics showed Burnett was worth risk"

"Pirates' Alvarez grows on defense, too"

"Pirates' Alvarez proves teams must be patient with power hitters"

"Free 90s add up for Pirates"

"For Bucs, NL-best bullpen a bargain"

"McCutchen could be latest in Pirates' 25/25 club"

"Can pitching, defense carry Bucs to playoffs?"

"There's no doubt about Pedro's power," examining Pedro Alvarez's majestic homers for the Bucs.

Off The Bluff
A yearly Society of Professional Journalists and Duquesne University publication profiling a Pittsburgh neighborhood's people, places and history. I co-edited the 2011 version, which featured Bloomfield. If you're into Bocce Ball, rock bands or Bruschetta, stop by Pittsburgh's "Little Italy."

Read a PDF version of Off The Bluff here

Pop City
I am a freelance features writer for Pop City, a weekly online magazine focusing on technology, arts and hiring in the Pittsburgh region.

"The Story of Iron Eden," a profile of Merchant Marine-turned-blacksmith John Walter, who makes one-of-a-kind artwork in Bloomfield, Pa.

"For the Love of Nature," a look at the efforts of the Student Conservation Association and its Three Rivers Regional office director, Walt Burlack.

"How to attract young talent to Pittsburgh? Internships," a story on how local Pittsburgh companies like PNC and Heinz lure talented professionals to the city.

"Top Teachers: 5 Pittsburgh teachers making a big difference." If you were fortunate enough to have a teacher who gave you the love of reading (thanks, Mrs. Donaldson) or helped you overcome a fear of fractions (much appreciated, Mr. Kestner), then you know the impact a great instructor can have on a young adult. Here are five such teachers cultivating lifelong learners in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Sports Report
I spent the 2011 season as The Pittsburgh Sports Report's Pirates beat writer, covering contests at PNC Park and interacting with players, coaches and Pirates management for game recaps and articles for PSR's monthly magazine. I have also covered college basketball games for Pitt and Duquesne, as well as the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games that were held in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011.

Featured Articles:

"Steel Wheels," a piece on the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games and its home runs, head-on collisions and high-flying obstacle courses. These people inspire me.

"Clemente exhibit opens on North Shore," capturing Roberto Clemente's essence with former Pirates team photographer Les Banos.

"Fixing Pedro," a Pittsburgh Sports Report exclusive on how to fix the Pirates' would-be slugging savior, Pedro Alvarez. Baseball America's Jim Callis, ESPN's Keith Law, Fangraphs' Eric Seidman and Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie all weigh in on how Pedro can start popping homers at PNC Park.

"Survivable Wound," an analysis of how Major League Baseball's new labor agreement and its restrictions on amateur draft spending could affect small-market teams like the Pirates.

"Up Close with Neal Huntington," a chat with Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington on the club's 2011 draft selections and strategy.

"Karstens, Wood push Pirates into second place," A July 5, 2011, Astros/Pirates recap. 573 players were drafted before Jeff Karstens back in 2003. Brandon Wood is a career .186 hitter. For one night, however, they were legends.

"Pirates' offense fizzles again in loss," A July 20, 2011, Reds/Pirates recap. Channeling Luis Tiant with a twisting, cross-fire delivery, Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto shut down the Bucs.

"On the Clock: Duquesne's T.J. McConnell," an interview with the Chartiers Valley High School and Duquesne Dukes basketball star.

"Karstens in Control," a stats-heavy look at how Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens uses pinpoint control to compensate for a not-so-fast fastball.

Here's a link to some of my guest articles on's Major League Baseball section. I also wrote for ESPN as part of my work for Inside Edge, a baseball scouting company that provides detailed reports to media outlets and MLB teams. Here are a few examples of my "Three Things to Watch" articles, highlighting key player trends relevant to that day's slate of games:

"Pedro Vintage in Philly," a look at how then-37 year-old Pedro Martinez made batters look silly with the Phillies after coming out of retirement mid-season.

"Snell Continues Slide," an analysis of then-Pirates pitcher Ian Snell's fading career.

"Patient Choo Crushes High Pitches," breaking down the hitting approach of Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo.

"Giles' Bat Grounded," explaining that San Diego's Brian Giles' hitting struggles were the result of lots of worm-burning ground balls.


PublicSource is an independent, non-profit news group that focuses on original investigative reporting about critical issues facing Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region. It was launched to undertake in-depth reporting in the public interest.

"Keeping the Promise," a look at how Pittsburgh Public Schools is trying to make more high school students eligible for up to $40,000 in college scholarship cash through the Pittsburgh Promise.

While with Inside Edge, I also produced "Edge Notes" columns for Here are a couple of game previews I wrote for the 2008 MLB playoffs:

Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays)

Game 5 of the World Series (Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies)

The Duquesne Duke
I wrote for and helped edit The Duquesne Duke, the university's award-winning school newspaper.

"Oldies Proud," on oldies DJ Frankie Day. Known for the "Frankie Day Spin," Frank Dittig talks in the third person, has an encyclopedic knowledge of doo-wop music and enjoys a social life that's the envy of most Duquesne students.

"The Duke Previews the Pirates," a not-so-serious analysis of the 2011 Buccos

"The MLB playoffs, by the numbers"

IN Fox Chapel Area Community Magazine

"No Typical Moments for FCA Grad," a piece on how Fox Chapel graduate Andrew Gottlieb uses social media to chase his sports and entertainment career goals and encourage others to do the same. Andrew landed a job with the Washington Wild Things shortly after this was published.

Looking for well-written, meticulously researched baseball articles? Try Fangraphs, the website for the thinking baseball fan. I have penned fantasy baseball-focused articles for Fangraphs since 2008. There's no better place to get an advantage over your loudmouth fantasy league buddies.
Using "The Platform," a Trumedia Networks creation that allows teams to quickly analyze in-depth pitcher and hitter stats, I keep up with the latest trends, trades and signings around Major League Baseball. Why is your favorite player slumping? Is that no-name's breakout season legit? The Platform knows.

Maple Street Press
I contributed articles to the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Yankees Annual, a Maple Street Press publication on the year that was for the Bronx Bombers.

"Hit or Miss," a review of the Yankees' 2011 starting rotation

"The Mick, Joltin' Joe and Granderson," a look at how center fielder Curtis Granderson turned into an MVP candidate and where his season ranks compared to all-time greats like Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

"Free Agent Dumpster Diving Pays Off for Yankees," an article on how the well-coffered Yankees slummed it in free agency and got some fantastic bargains.

The Hardball Times
I wrote pieces for the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Hardball Times Annual, a yearly publication bursting with baseball commentary, analysis, history and cartoons.

"Mike Stanton: Future Home Run King?," an analysis of young Miami Marlins slugger Mike Stanton and how he could one day join the likes of Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds on baseball's all-time home run list.