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“Love is the most important thing in the world but baseball is pretty good, too.” -Yogi Berra

“Heywood leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair.” -Bob Uecker

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What is The Long Game?

It’s a newsletter about baseball for people who want to know more about the humans who actually play it.

Look, statistics are great. There are thousands of websites devoted to dissecting the WARs and BABIPs and wOBAs and launch angles of everyone old enough to carry a bat. I’m a nerd so I’m into all of that.

But in the rush to quantify everything and speed up our assessment of ballplayers, we’ve lost some important context: the game is played by human beings who have good days and bad days, just like everyone else. They get nervous, sad, stressed, excited, angry, euphoric, upset, pre-occupied by family issues, pets, death, taxes, heartbreak, and joy in their personal lives, just like everyone else. This newsletter will cover what happens on the field, without ever losing sight of what might be happening off it.

The Long Game will highlight what players go through on a daily basis and take you inside what’s really happening in dugouts, bullpens, and locker rooms across MLB (especially the Dodgers).

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Will you only be writing about baseball? I like your other stuff.

I will be writing about other stuff! If you found me via Twitter you know baseball only makes up about half my feed. I’m also interested in pop culture, mental health, politics, and other sports. When baseball is forefront on my brain, I’ll write three posts a week about it. When other topics are dominating global headlines and my brain, I’ll write about them. Above all else I want to make this newsletter fun and write about all the cool things I experience. Like the time I did pilates with Kerry Washington. Or spent an afternoon with Aquaman. Or when I watched J Lo dance in a warehouse in the Valley.

Who Are You?

I’m a journalist who has covered baseball for 15 years, first with ESPN, then most recently with The Athletic. I live in Los Angeles and I grew up a Dodger fan. My first book The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle To Build a Baseball Powerhouse was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the PEN America book award in sportswriting.


What Do I Get and How Much Does it Cost?

For $6 a month or $50/year:

A subscription gets you a minimum of three newsletters a week that will include exclusive interviews, breakdowns of everything that’s happened across MLB that week, plus a weekly Dodgers round-up. I’ll also write frequently on what it’s like to be a sportswriter, how I broke into the business, advice for aspiring journalists, and more.

Founding Member, $200/year:

All of the above plus invites to quarterly private zooms where you can ask me anything you want about baseball, life, mental health, and/or the sportswriting business. And my eternal gratitude.

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