Statcast

For the last four baseball seasons, I worked as a tracking system operator for MLB.com (mostly at Nats Park in Washington) initially on Pitchf/x (it’s called Fox Trax when it’s on TV in some markets) and for the last year, rotating onto the system we internally call Baseball Tracking System, which feeds data to what you may know as Statcast. You’ll be seeing Statcast this fall during the MLB postseason.

Here are a few plays I tracked when running the Statcast system during the 2015 MLB regular season:

Bryce Harper in Washington:

Cespedes in Washington:


Yan Gomes in Cleveland:

And I didn’t track this play in Tampa, but it was still pretty sweet.

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Some summer articles

Started doing some stories for the American Sports Network, including a feature about what it’s like to be a Naval Academy football player doing summer training in Quantico, Va.

Navy football players navigate obstacle course at Quantico.

Here are some other topics:

Phillies prospect Mitch Gueller thriving in third year of short-season ball

University of Richmond, a year after a balloon crash killed two coaches

Diamondbacks select College of Charleston’s Taylor Clarke

Biloxi Shuckers: Road Warriors

 

 

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ESPN the Magazine — Music Issue

ESPN asked me to work on three stories for the Jan. 2015 Music Issue of the magazine.

I checked out rapper Wale’s performance at the Washington Wizards home opener for the 2014-15 season. He told me he had asked Kanye West to design some uniforms for the team.

Did you see Katy Perry’s performance at this year’s Super Bowl? Sarah Moll is in charge of booking the act each year.

Are you a fan of the EA Sports FIFA soccer video games? Ever wonder who is in charge of choosing the music that makes it on to the soundtrack? Now you know.

Wale with the Wizard Girls in November 2014.

Wale with the Wizard Girls in November 2014.

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ESPN the Magazine photo gallery – USA Rugby vs. New Zealand

Check out this photo gallery: USA Rugby vs. New Zealand from Soldier Field in Chicago. I wrote the captions!

ESPN the Magazine rugby photo gallery

ESPN the Magazine rugby photo gallery

 

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You can get rich playing video games

ESPN the Magazine asked me to look in to some of the biggest video game tournaments in the world for an October issue. Did you know a game called Dota 2 has a prize pool larger than The Masters does? Awesome illustration here, too.

ESPN Mag gaming

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Summer media survey

ESPN the Magazine asked me to write a compilation of the summer’s best media offerings.

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Sandboarding

Jackson Cruz appeared in a “Zoom” feature in the Sept. issue of ESPN the Magazine.

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David Lough body shot

ESPN the Magazine ran David Lough’s pose in the issue from late August. The guy is a monster!

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