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Top MLB beat writers?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by The Franchise, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. The Franchise

    The Franchise Member

    Who are some of the guys/gals considered the top MLB beat writers and where can I read them?
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Buster Olney is probably the consensus No. 1.

    Since he covers the only sports team I care about as a fan, I read Barry Svrluga religiously in the Washington Post. Now, I've known Barry a while and like him a lot personally so I'm quite biased here. But I think he's very, very, very good.

    Dave Sheinin does excellent baseball work in the Post, too.

    Lou love Dan Shaughnessy :D

    Others? Chime in please.
  3. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    Hal McCoy, period.
  4. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    Damn straight.
  5. Hal McCoy is in a category by himself.

    I think Chris Snow will be very good too.

    I'm not a big fan of Olney - I think Verducci is better but then again - neither of these guys is a "beat" guy.

    BTW - my problem with Olney is that he still bleeds pinstripes. Yankee fans probably have the reverse problem with Gammons.
  6. zimbabwe

    zimbabwe Active Member

    Larry LaRue, Tacoma News Tribune
  7. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    I'm still partial to Bob Dutton at the KC Star, and am growing to enjoy the NY Times' Tyler Kepner and Ben Shpigel the more I read them. Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News will always be a favorite, as will the Cleveland PD's Paul Hoynes (for sentimental reasons, more than anything else).
  8. JuneBug1

    JuneBug1 Member

    Agreed. Hal McCoy in Dayton -- end of thread.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No love for John Lowe? A man who walked into the Anchor Bar in downtown Detroit and asked to see the wine list?
  10. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    Let's not forget Jorge Arangure at The Washington Post.

    I prefer his Orioles gamers to what The Sun puts out. You would think The Sun's three-headed trio would be able to outdo one guy, but...
  11. Larry LaRue would always go into AOL chatrooms during games in the '90s and type "Greetings from the Kingdome!" before trying to be the expert to all these teenage chat turds who were arguing over who "rules" and who "sucks"

    Not sure if he quit that or not. My buddy and I found it amusing.
  12. JME

    JME Member

    I second moddy and mizzou on Svrluga, tremendous.
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