To some in today’s world of sports journalism, “covering” a sport means watching a game on TV and then writing about it.
I have covered Major League Baseball since 1988. My definition of “covering” MLB is attending games, talking to people inside the sport and developing sources throughout the industry rather than just rattling a never-ending line of numbers.
I am using my experience and access to provide direct-to-inbox newsletters to baseball fans that will include plenty of in-person reporting, interviews, analysis and other fun stuff that might even help a fantasy fanatic win a league or daily game.
I am offering two newsletters, one covering MLB and the other specifically pertaining to the Pittsburgh Pirates. More details and order forms can be found in the site store.
They will be filled with MLB inside information and Pittsburgh Pirates inside info.
I will be sharing snippets from the newsletters on my blog from time-to-time in case you want to get a sampling before deciding to subscribe.
My goal in every newsletter is to inform and entertain. I take the job seriously and strive to provide the most pertinent and accurate information but also have fun doing it. While information will be always be the No. 1 priority, baseball people are also human and I will often include that element into my coverage.
Samples of my work can be found here.
I am excited about this new venture. Please come along for the ride.
New products are coming soon!
Anyone who watched John Perrotto play baseball knew his destiny was to write about it for a living.
After being a member of the baseball team for four seasons and the golf team in his senior year at Western Beaver High School in Industry, Pa., John went on to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. --- the birthplace of college basketball --- and was sports editor of the student newspaper for four years before graduating in 1985.
John had also started his professional sports writing career as a high school sophomore in 1978 when legendary sports editor Joe Tronzo hired him to cover high school football and basketball games for the Beaver Falls News-Tribune. John was paid $5 a story and it seemed like a princely sum to a 14-year-old.
The Beaver County Times bought the News-Tribune in 1979 and John continued his fledgling career at that publication, being promoted from correspondent to a part-time member of the sports staff in 1982 before being elevated to full-time status in 1985.
John primarily covered high school sports and Geneva athletics until becoming the Pittsburgh Pirates’ beat writer prior to the 1988 season. He continued in that role through 2008.
Among the highlights during his tenure at the Times was being named National Baseball Writer of the Year in 2001 by SportsTalk.com (now ESPN Insider), being a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s national board of directors in 2002, serving as an official scorer for the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at PNC Park and having four top-10 finishes in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ national writing sweepstakes.
Since 2009, John has covered MLB, the National Football League and National Hockey League for various outlets, including USA TODAY, The Associated Press, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, FanRag Sports, The Sports Xchange and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
John has also served as the MLB/Pirates insider for iHeart Pittsburgh radio stations since 2015.
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