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A professional cellist, a fantasy baseball addict, and an avid baseball fan with a love for the history of the game. I spent my high school years in Cincinnati beginning in 1971. Although already a baseball fan, (I loved to read biographies of historical players, memorize stats and predict what place teams would finish every year), the next decade in the hometown of the Big Red Machine cemented my lifelong love affair with baseball. My favorite Red was Tony Perez. More recently, my involvement with fantasy baseball has brought my excitement with the game back to a fever pitch. Having moved around growing up, plus learning about players from all teams has given me an appreciation of players and teams from all over baseball. I like to root for the underdog/small market teams, and have an appreciation for historical equity - (like the White Sox winning the world series after the Go-Go Sox didn't in '59!, or Bert Blyleven's so long overlooked HOF bid) My writing will stem from these passions of the game. I look forward to reading articles from other writers, and getting to know some of you.

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  • Mordecai Brown posted 1046 days ago

    Mordecai Brown

    Mr. Stiwell, I just saw your bio and you certainly seem like an intelligent musician. I too share your lifelong love affair with baseball. I saw the 1st game in Riverfront. I also saw the last game in Crosley, etc, etc, etc.

  • Adam Ferguson posted 1126 days ago

    Adam Ferguson

    Hello Old Friend! I see that you have taken quite the hiatus on writing articles although you're still active in the comments sections. I myself didn't write anything for the longest time either. Anyways, how about that World Series? Did it go as you thought it would? I would have loved for my all-time favorite player Nolan Ryan to finally get his World Series—even if it wasn't as a player. That game 6 was one for the ages though.

  • Lewie Pollis posted 1415 days ago

    Lewie Pollis

    Well said.

  • Lewie Pollis posted 1418 days ago

    Lewie Pollis

    Hey Jonathan, I thought you might be interested in some number crunching I did last week:

    http://www.wahooblues.com/2011/01/07/hall-of-shame-the-problem-with-bbwaas-secret-ballots.html/

  • Zachary D. Rymer posted 1422 days ago

    Zachary D. Rymer

    Bert got in. I'm sure it has everything to do with your argument for his case.

  • Lewie Pollis posted 1423 days ago

    Lewie Pollis

    Hey Jonathan, I'd love to get your opinion on this:

    http://www.wahooblues.com/2011/01/04/let-my-people-dope-why-baseballs-hall-of-fame-must-accept-steroid-users.html/

  • Todd Washburn posted 1430 days ago

    Todd Washburn

    thank you for showing some cognitive reasoning when making a comment on my article.. Too many people these days are childish and throw insults and angry rhetoric rather than engage in intelligent debate about a subject. Color me a fan! Plus baseball is my sport too!

  • Evan Bruschini posted 1450 days ago

    Evan Bruschini

    John,
    Seeing as you're among those who enjoy a good debate, and have one of the top statistically evaluating minds on this website, I thought you might like to take a look at the heated discussion going on in one of my articles. Someone actually has the gall to debate that 500 homers and 3,000 hits will not grant admittance to the Hall of Fame. If you have the time, I could use some help convincing this guy to rethink his idea of baseball immortality, or to at least get himself checked into a good mental hospital.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/529933-baseball-hall-of-fame-why-rafael-palmeiros-candidacy-is-the-most-important-yet
    Warm holiday wishes,
    Evan

  • Joel Reuter posted 1472 days ago

    Joel Reuter

    Hey Jonathan,

    The A's $100,000 infield of the 1910s immediately came to mind..

    The Dodgers group of Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey was also worhy of a look.

    The Big Red Machine with Perez, Morgan, Concepcion, and Rose should also be on there.

    More recently, the blue jays group of Olerud, Alomar, Fernandez, and Gruber/Sprague was solid both offensively and defensively.

    And the current Phillies and Yankees have to be brought into the argument as well.

    Those are the groups, along with the Cubs, that immediately jump to mind for me and should be part of the 9.

  • D.A. posted 1473 days ago

    D.A.

    Hey Jonathan

    Here are the 30 best rookie seasons in the past decade: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/518945-buster-posey-and-the-thirty-best-rookie-seasons-of-the-past-10-years

    thanks!
    DA

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