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 2006-2012, 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 four-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)
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
4/13: Featured Columnist of the Month
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i appreciate how you give love to the mariners unlike other writers
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Great stuff, Joel. Keep it up!
Makes sense, Joel. My apologies. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
Your power rankings are dreadful.
On your recent article detailing offseason grades for MLB clubs, I think you unfairly left Alexander Guerrero out as a key acquisition for the Dodgers. Just a heads up since he is major league ready and projected to start at either 2B or SS this coming season.
Latest power rankings...i'm sorry, but no
No problem, Joel! Thanks for becoming a fan! I'll just have to pretend you're not a Cubs fan. haha
Joel, on "Projecting What MLB's Young Superstars Will Be Paid ...", with all due respect, how can you include Kenley Jansen and leave out Greg Holland? Over the past 3 years, Holland tops Jansen in ERA+ by an average of 77 pts/yr, total WAR of 7.4 vs 5.3, Saves with 67 vs 58, and they've pitched the same # of innings (194). If you were going to include one set-up, now closer, it should have been Holland!
Thanks for the terrific reporting; I love your work (just nit-picking on this one!), Mark U.