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As long as I can remember I've loved sports, and when professional baseball player didn't quite pan out as a career path (though I'm still holding out hope for a Jim Morris-type comeback), sports writing became the next best thing to being on the field.

I worked as a stringer at the Elgin Courier News of Sun-Times News Group from 2006-12, covering anything that falls under the scope of "high school sports". That meant everything from your standard basketball and football game to cross-country meets and volleyball matches, and everything in between.

While the local sports scene was fun, there is no question my dream job is covering Major League Baseball, and Bleacher Report has afforded me that opportunity.

I began writing for B/R not seeking employment of any sort, but simply looking for an outlet where I could hone my writing skills and get some feedback from the sports fan community.

In any event, I published my first article on April 29, 2009 back when the site was still finding its footing and I was thrilled to see my article be read by literally hundreds of people over the course of a few weeks.

In my five-plus years writing for the site, I've managed to work my way up from contributor, to Cubs Featured Columnist, to National MLB Featured Columnist, and now I'm in a position where I've turned writing for B/R from a hobby into a career.

I'm thankful for everything I've gotten so far out of my time here at B/R, and I look forward to watching the site continue to grow.

Now to brag about myself with a series of numbers and dates:

Surpassed 1 million reads on August 4th, 2011.
Surpassed 2 million reads on February 6th, 2012.
Surpassed 5 million reads on July 13th, 2012
Surpassed 10 million reads on March 17th, 2013
Surpassed 15 million reads on September 19, 2013
Surpassed 20 million reads on February 13, 2014 (42nd writer to reach that mark)
Surpassed 25 million reads on May 25, 2014 (37th writer to reach that mark)
Surpassed 30 million reads on August 26, 2014 (37th writer to reach that mark)
Surpassed 35 million reads on January 7, 2015 (40th writer to reach that mark)

7/12: First 1 million read month by an MLB writer
3/13: 1 million read month
7/13: 1 million read month
12/13: 1 million read month
1/14: 1 million read month
2/14: 1 million read month
3/14: 1 million read month
4/14: 1 million read month
5/14: 1 million read month
6/14: 1 million read month
7/14: 2 million read month
8/14: 1 million read month
12/14: 1 million read month
1/15: 1 million read month
4/13: Featured Columnist of the Month

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  • Jack Ryan posted 64 days ago

    Jack Ryan

    nice joel!

  • John Ricketts posted 119 days ago

    John Ricketts

    You are a scrub

  • LeeAnn Lassiter posted 141 days ago

    LeeAnn Lassiter

    Hey, Joel. Thanks for the clarification! I'll be sure to keep that in mind if I see it again.

  • kings fan posted 159 days ago

    kings fan

    i agree with your prediction for the a's winning their race with the angels by 4 games, but i think you shouldve also added that the a's were down a game at this exact same time last year to texas and went on to win the division by 5 games, that wouldve probably really silenced a lot of the critics. overall good article though

  • Doug Channell posted 167 days ago

    Doug Channell

    I’ve written a book for sports fans of all ages, entitled GeorgeAnn Baseball, that I'd like you to read!


  • Mendoland posted 173 days ago


    Hi Joel- I don't always agree with you but read your Power Rankings religiously every Monday morning. As a Giants fan, part of their struggles have had to do with injuries and players on the DL. But then again....just about every team is impacted by this. Have you ever done a "what if" power ranking of where the teams might be if no one was out on DL?

  • Mosang Miles posted 181 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    My pleasure Joel! I can only hope the Mariners turn things around to climb up the rankings again.

  • Atlanta Hawks Fan posted 196 days ago

    Atlanta Hawks Fan

    Man it's gotta stink being a Cubs fan. One year, one year....

  • Josh Kuh posted 210 days ago

    Josh Kuh

    i appreciate how you give love to the mariners unlike other writers

  • seekimishop Amy posted 258 days ago

    seekimishop Amy

    anyone need jerseys? search my name seekimishop

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