Tom Verducci

Thomas "Tom" Verducci (born October 23, 1960) is an American sportswriter who writes for Sports Illustrated and its online magazine SI.com. He writes primarily about baseball. He is also a field reporter for the MLB postseason on TBS. In addition, he appears on Hot Stove and MLB Tonight on MLB Network as a baseball insider.

Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci 2011
Verducci in 2011.
BornOctober 23, 1960 (age 58)
EducationPenn State University,
B.A. Journalism
OccupationSportswriter
Television personality

Early life and education

Verducci was born in East Orange, New Jersey and raised in Glen Ridge.[1] He attended Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey and then went to Penn State, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and appeared in the first edition of The Weekly Collegian. On July 12, 2016 Verducci revealed he was a Mets fan growing up.

Writing career

After a one-year stint at Florida Today, Verducci moved to New York Newsday in 1983, becoming a columnist in 1990. He began writing for Sports Illustrated in 1993. He is a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show.

His most recent work is titled The Cubs Way. The book chronicles the epic story of how Theo Epstein and a perfect 5-year plan took the Cubs from a 101-loss season in 2012 to the 2016 World Series Champions.

Broadcasting career

In addition to his writing duties, Verducci works in television. He works for MLB Network, where he serves as a "baseball insider" and co-host of several programs with Bob Costas. He called his first World Series in 2014 for Fox alongside Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds. Verducci was the first non-former player or manager to work in the broadcasting booth as a color commentator for a World Series telecast since ABC's Howard Cosell in 1983. Verducci and Reynolds would following the 2015 season, be replaced by John Smoltz as Fox's top baseball analyst. Verducci wound up working the 2016 Fall Classic as a sideline reporter, a role he still has to this day and as a studio analyst, which he did only for 2016. He would be doing some play-by-play on MLB network.

Personal life

Verducci lives in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, New Jersey with his wife Kirsten, and two sons. His brother Frank Verducci was the Offensive Coordinator for UConn .[2]

References

  1. ^ Tom Verducci Archive, Sports Illustrated. Accessed October 7, 2007
  2. ^ ESPN/Associated Press http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/12302383/frank-verducci-hired-uconn-huskies-offensive-coordinator, February 9, 2015.

External links

Preceded by
Tim McCarver
Lead color commentator, Major League Baseball on Fox (with Harold Reynolds)
2014-2015
Succeeded by
John Smoltz
2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

The game will be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers of the NL. This will be the second All-Star Game held at Dodger Stadium, following the 1980 All-Star Game, and the fourth hosted by the Dodgers.

2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the 92nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held between the American League (AL) and the National League (NL)

The game will be hosted by the Atlanta Braves of the NL; this will be the third time that Atlanta will host the All-Star Game. The last was in 2000, when the Braves hosted the game at then-Turner Field

34th Sports Emmy Awards

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Hot Stove

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Larry Johnson (author)

Larry Johnson (born in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American author and former employee of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation (Alcor), a cryonics company for whom he once served as a paramedic. He received notoriety with the release of the August 13, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated sportswriter Tom Verducci, along with Johnson's input, published an article about “What Really Happened to Ted Williams?" Immediately following the Sports Illustrated article, Johnson agreed to an interview with Diane Sawyer of Good Morning America.

Alcor has accused Johnson of engaging in profiteering and attempting to sensationalize his experiences at Alcor as a means of making money. In 2003, CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman noted: "Johnson certainly doesn't mind using his connections as an ex- employee to make a buck. Johnson has started a Web site, where for a so-called donation of at least $20, graphic photographs were displayed, photographs, he said, documenting the fate of Ted Williams. Johnson won't talk on camera about Ted Williams, but his attorney acknowledges Sports Illustrated was not told about his client's money making plans."

During the fall of 2003, while Director of Clinical Services for Alcor, Johnson did an interview in Cryonics Magazine.On September 28, 2003, an article was published in the Phoenix, Arizona newspaper East Valley Tribune with the headline "Scottsdale company’s role in death probe.” This article reports that Larry Johnson speaks of a 1992 death of a North Hollywood, California man whose remains are frozen at Alcor. According to Johnson he has audio taped evidence that personally recorded, of an Alcor employee who may have hastened the death of one of their members. Johnson later stated that the police were not interested in pursuing an investigation. The nurse who pronounced the 1992 death has denied Johnson's claim that there was any hastening of death. The nurse's description of the events surrounding that death contradict Alcor's published case report. The nurse claims his patient died in the bedroom, while Alcor's case report and Larry Johnson's version of the story agree the patient died in a "makeshift operating room" in the garage. In October 2009, "Alcor's CEO at the time, (1992) Carlos Mondragon, told ABC News that the allegation that the patient's death was hastened was brought directly to him, and that his response was to cut Alcor's ties with the employee accused of administering the injection."During the Fall of 2009, Johnson released a book called, FROZEN: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death. This book has received heavy criticism from those working in the field of cryonics.

List of Major League Baseball All-Star Game broadcasters

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List of National League Championship Series broadcasters

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List of National League Division Series broadcasters

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List of awards and nominations received by MLB Network

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List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

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In pay television, 15 teams broadcast on Fox Sports Networks affiliates (including the New York Yankees on YES Network), five on NBC Sports Regional Networks affiliates and four on AT&T SportsNet affiliates. Meanwhile, the New York Mets are broadcast on SportsNet New York; Los Angeles Dodgers on Spectrum SportsNet LA; Baltimore and Washington on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; Boston on New England Sports Network; and Toronto on Sportsnet.

MLB Network Showcase

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MLB Tonight

MLB Tonight is the signature program that airs on MLB Network and is simulcast on MLB Network Radio. The show offers complete coverage of all Major League Baseball games from 6 pm ET till 1 am ET during the regular season, and gives news from all 30 MLB teams during the offseason. It is taped live in Studio 3 of the MLB Network facility in Secaucus, New Jersey, but also features segments taped in Studio 42. The program aired from the beginning of Spring Training to the end of the World Series and was replaced in the offseason by Hot Stove, until it started to air in the offseason, and Hot Stove became MLB Network's weekday morning show. The show won the Sports Emmy Award for best Daily Outstanding Studio Show for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

National Sports Media Association

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Former television sportscaster Dave Goren serves as the NSMA's executive director.

Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Reporter

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Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst

The Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst and Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Event Analyst made their debuts at the awards show in different years — 1993 for the Studio Analyst award and 1997 for the Sports Event Analyst award. Before 1993, an Emmy was awarded in just one combined category. That list of winners will also be featured here.

Saul Katz

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The Yankee Years

The Yankee Years is a book written by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre. The book chronicles Torre's years as manager of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007. It goes into great detail on Torre's relationship with the players, general manager Brian Cashman, team owner George Steinbrenner, and the Yankees organization as a whole. Also discussed are major developments in the way baseball management throughout the years changed from a batting average focused market to the in-depth statistical-based approach centered on base-percentage, as well as covering issues such as the "Steroids Era".

Torre has received criticism for revealing certain things that went on in the clubhouse after he emphasized loyalty between Yankee personnel. In the book, Torre said he felt that Cashman "betrayed" him in negotiations with the Yankees following the 2007 season. Torre also highlighted the fact that teammates had referred to Alex Rodriguez as "A-Fraud."

In response to the criticism, Torre said he was proud of the book and he did not violate the sanctity of the clubhouse.

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