Jayson Stark

Jayson Stark (born July 19, 1951)[1] is an American sportswriter and author who covers baseball for The Athletic. He is most known for his time with The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN.

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BornJuly 19, 1951 (age 67)
EducationSyracuse University
OccupationBaseball writer and analyst
Years active1979 – present
Notable credit(s)
The Philadelphia Inquirer
WebsiteJayson Stark


Stark graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism in 1973. [1][2] In 1979 he joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a beat writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, and eventually became a national baseball writer and columnist for that paper.[1][3] From 1983 to 1999 he produced a nationally syndicated Baseball Week in Review column "known for unearthing obscure, historic and humorous aspects of baseball".[1] He was twice named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.[1][4] His observations and analysis of the 1993 Phillies team is quoted in several books.[5][6]

Stark joined ESPN in 2000.[2] He was a senior writer for ESPN.com. He also contributed to SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight,[7] and a weekly segment during baseball season with WHB 810 in Kansas City. He appeared weekly on Mike & Mike.[7] Beginning in 2014, Stark began co-hosting a weekly radio show during baseball season on ESPN Radio's affiliate in Philadelphia. Stark was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.[8][9] Stark was laid off from ESPN on April 26, 2017,[10] along with several other on-air personalities.[11] On April 1, 2018, he started writing for The Athletic.[12]

Stark is the 2019 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing".[13]


Stark's wife Lisa is an assistant coach for the Council Rock North volleyball team.[14] They have three children.[7]



  • Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and Reflections on the Game I Love. Triumph Books. 2014. ISBN 1623688167.
  • Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies. Triumph Books. 2011. ISBN 1600786553.
  • The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History. Triumph Books. 2007. ISBN 1572439599.

Selected articles


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jayson Stark". ESPN Mediazone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Bruce (2012). Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies. McFarland. p. 178. ISBN 0786489839.
  3. ^ Macnow, Glen; Cataldi, Angelo (2004). The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate. B B & A Publishers. p. 20. ISBN 0975441914.
  4. ^ "ESPN's Stark to visit Penn State for Foster Conference". Penn State | News. The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Gordon, Bob; Burgoyne, Tom (2013). More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies (And the Phillie Phanatic Too). Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1613214472.
  6. ^ Gordon, Robert (2013). Then Bowa Said to Schmidt...: The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told. Triumph Books. p. 153. ISBN 1623682266.
  7. ^ a b c "Jayson Stark". Speakerpedia.com. 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Skarka, Mike. "ESPN's Jayson Stark to be inducted into Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". ESPN.
  9. ^ "Inductee Profile: Jayson Stark". Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Jayson Stark [@jaysonst] (April 26, 2017). "For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ http://deadspin.com/a-running-list-of-espn-layoffs-1794664091
  12. ^ Stark, Jayson (April 1, 2018). "Jayson Stark: Welcome to the future, where great writing matters". The Athletic.
  13. ^ Associated Press (December 11, 2018). "Jayson Stark wins Baseball Hall of Fame's Spink Award". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "ESPNs Jayson Stark Talks Phillies!". Suburban One Sports. October 7, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2015.

External links

2019 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2019 proceeded according to rules most recently amended in 2016. As in the past, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from a ballot of recently retired players. The results were announced on January 22, 2019, with the BBWAA electing Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martínez and Mike Mussina to the Hall of Fame. Rivera and Halladay were elected in their first year of eligibility, while Martínez was elected in his last year of eligibility. Rivera became the first player to be unanimously elected, appearing on all 425 ballots; he broke Ken Griffey Jr.'s record of 99.32 percent (437 out of 440), set in 2016.The Today's Game Era Committee, one of four voting panels that since 2016 have taken over the role of the more broadly defined Veterans Committee, convened on December 9, 2018 to select from a ballot of retired players and non-playing personnel who made their greatest contributions to the sport after 1987, with Harold Baines and Lee Smith elected by this body. The formal induction ceremony will be held at the Hall's facilities in Cooperstown, New York on July 21, 2019.

Baseball Tonight

Baseball Tonight was a program that aired on ESPN. The show, which covered the day's Major League Baseball action, was on the air from 1990 to 2018.

Its namesake program also airs on ESPN Radio at various times of the day during the baseball season, with Marc Kestecher as host.

Baseball Tonight is also the title of a daily podcast hosted by Buster Olney with frequent appearances by Jayson Stark, Tim Kurkjian, Karl Ravech, and Jerry Crasnick. As of April 27, 2017, all airings of the program, other than its Sunday airing, have been replaced by MLB Network's Intentional Talk.

Brandon Inge

Charles Brandon Inge ( INJ; born May 19, 1977) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and catcher. He played 12 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, one with the Oakland Athletics and one with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He bats and throws right-handed.

Sportswriter Jayson Stark described Inge as a "super-utility dervish." In 2006, his diving stop and subsequent throw from his knees to put out Gary Bennett in an interleague game, on June 25 against the St. Louis Cardinals earned him the ESPN defensive play of the year for a third baseman.

Cliff Floyd

Cornelius Clifford Floyd Jr. (born December 5, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder, and is also currently a co-host on Sirius XM Radio.

Dutch Zwilling

Edward Harrison "Dutch" Zwilling (November 2, 1888 – March 27, 1978) was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder for four seasons. He first played for the Chicago White Sox of the American League in 1910, then for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League from 1914 to 1915, and lastly, the Chicago Cubs of the National League in 1916. He, along with Lave Cross and Rollie Zeider, are the only players to have played for at least three different teams in the same city. Zwilling was the last surviving member of the 1915 Chicago Whales, the last champion of the Federal League.

Alphabetically, Zwilling was listed last among all MLB players in history, until Tony Zych made his MLB debut in 2015.His most significant playing-time occurred while in the FL, and is the short-lived league's all-time leader in home runs with 29.


ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN. It is owned by ESPN Internet Ventures, a division of ESPN Inc.

Golden sombrero

In baseball, a golden sombrero is a player's inglorious feat of striking out four times in a single game.


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List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters are listed below, including games broadcast only on ESPN currently and formerly.

List of Major League Baseball tie-breakers

A tie-breaker is required in Major League Baseball (MLB) when two or more teams are tied at the end of the regular season for a playoff position including a pennant (prior to the introduction of the League Championship Series in 1969), a division title, or a wild card spot. Both the American (AL) and National Leagues (NL) currently use a one-game playoff format for tie-breakers, although the NL used a best-of-three series prior to 1969, when the leagues were split into divisions. Fourteen tie-breakers—ten single-game and four series—have been played in MLB history. In baseball statistics, tie-breaker games count as regular season games with all events in them counted towards regular season statistics. This can have implications on statistical races, such as when Matt Holliday won the batting average and runs batted in titles thanks in part to his performance in the 2007 tie-breaker. Home-field advantage for tie-breakers was determined by a coin flip through the 2008 season, after which performance-based criteria, such as head-to-head record of the tied teams, were put in place.Although there have been no situations requiring a tie-breaker between more than two teams it is possible. In 2007, for example, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks finished the season within two games of one another. The possibility existed for as many as four teams to be locked in a series of tie-breakers that year to decide the NL East, West, and Wild Card. Similarly, late in the 2012 season the possibility existed for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and either the Texas Rangers or Oakland Athletics to all finish with the same record. This could have required the teams to play a complex set of multiple games to determine divisional and wild card winners, a situation which Jayson Stark described as potentially "baseball's worst scheduling nightmare."

Manny Trillo

Jesús Manuel Marcano Trillo (born December 25, 1950), also nicknamed "Indio", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball second baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics (1973–1974), Chicago Cubs (1975–1978, 1986–1988), Philadelphia Phillies ((1979–1982), Cleveland Indians (1983), Montreal Expos (1983), San Francisco Giants (1984–1985), and Cincinnati Reds (1989). A four-time All-Star, he was the Phillies' starting second baseman when the franchise won its first-ever World Series Championship in 1980. He was known as one of the best fielding second basemen of his era, with a strong throwing arm.

Newtown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Newtown Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 19,299 at the 2010 census (a predicted 19,720 in 2016).

The Athletic

The Athletic is a subscription-based sports website that provides ad-free national and local coverage in 47 North American cities. The Athletic also covers national stories from top professional and college sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA FB, NCAA BB, MMA, NASCAR, soccer). The Athletic's coverage focuses on a mix of long-form journalism, original reporting, and in-depth analysis. Its business model is predicated on dis-aggregating the sports section of local newspapers and reaching non-local fans not reached by a local newspaper.

Tom Emanski

Tom Emanski (born 26 February 1948 in Ridgewood, New Jersey) is a baseball coach and the man behind Tom Emanski Instructional Videos, a set of nine video tapes which lay out the fundamental techniques of baseball. The videos, sometimes referred to as "The Nine Commandments," have taught millions of youths worldwide how to play the sport of baseball and the commercial for this video has been running for nearly 18 years. Many viewers have memorized Emanski's commercial by heart, albeit unintentionally. Emanski is a former major league baseball associate scout and youth coach.

The Emanski videos are best known for their frequent and long-running commercials on ESPN and during Major League Baseball games. Featured in the commercials is former Major League Baseball star Fred McGriff. Fred McGriff met Emanski at age 18 when he was still in the minor leagues playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico. Emanski videotaped McGriff's swing and offered to slow it down and analyze it.

In 1991, Emanski prepared to release his first videos and filmed a short endorsement clip in Chicago with McGriff, who was then with the San Diego Padres. The commercial advertising Emanski's nine videos has been aired continually and relatively unchanged despite McGriff's multiple team-changes. Because of their frequent showings, Emanski's name has become synonymous with the fundamentals of baseball.

Emanski developed a "building block" approach to improve the fundamentals of hitting, running, and fielding. He tested his techniques on students at Baseball World, a youth baseball school in Fern Park, Florida. His teams found success winning back-to-back-to-back Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national youth championships in three divisions: 12 and under (1990), 13 and under/under '90 (1991), and 11 and under (1992). Emanski also coached the 1996 Junior Pan American team to two wins against Cuba and the gold medal.The frequent commercial airings have made the Emanski Videos widely known in the sports viewing world, and the instructional tapes have become fodder for sports analysts who wish to reference a lack of fundamental play in professional baseball players. During ESPN SportsCenter broadcasts, anchor Kenny Mayne would frequently comment during replays of a player error that "Perhaps he should watch Tom Emanski's Defensive Fundamentals tape. They're endorsed by MLB superstar Fred "The Crime Dog" McGriff." Jayson Stark also commented on St. Louis Cardinals' defensive lapses in the 2002 National League Championship Series and a 2005 New York Times article suggested that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez spend $29.95 and "buy the eminent baseball instructor Tom Emanski's DVD, 'Teaching the Mechanics of the Major League Swing II.'" In 2006, satirical news publication The Onion published an article about the hapless Kansas City Royals of MLB hiring Emanski to teach the team the fundamentals of baseball. Emanski's staff of Garry Ridge, Teddy Craig, Scott Howat, and Jim Horvath are widely recognized across the country as one of the best baseball staffs.

Wil Culmer

Wilfred Hillard Culmer (November 11, 1957 – October 14, 2003) was a Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians.

Culmer originally played baseball in the Bahamas after graduating high school, and was considered to be one of the country's best home run hitters. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977 as an amateur free agent and began his professional career the following year with the rookie-league Helena Phillies; he had a batting average of .358 in 55 games. The following year, he split the season between the Spartanburg Phillies and the Peninsula Pilots. In 1980, Culmer spent the season with Peninsula and had a career year. He had a .369 batting average and 184 hits, both of which led the Carolina League. He also had 18 home runs, 93 runs batted in, and 26 stolen bases; he was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster after the season as a result.In 1981, he spent the season with the Reading Phillies, and had a .282 average in 120 games, but where were still questions about his fielding ability. Jayson Stark noted that "he can be as good as he wants to be" but was making too many fundamental mistakes in the minors for his natural talent to transfer. Culmer spent 1982 with the Oklahoma City 89ers, and had a .288 batting average and 14 home runs in 119 games. After the season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Jerry Reed and Roy Smith for John Denny.Culmer made the Indians roster out of spring training, and in his debut on April 12 got two hits in three at-bats. He played in six more games after his debut but did not get any more hits, and was demoted to the Charleston Charlies, where he had a .245 batting average in 87 games. After a 1984 season that was split between the Buffalo Bisons and Maine Guides, Culmer retired and returned to the Bahamas until his death in 2003.

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