Another Chicago Tribune writer is leaving for another very high traffic website. A source within the Tribune Company told me recently that long time baseball columnist and national baseball writer Phil Rogers is leaving the Trib for MLB
First, we had news of Vaughn McClure leaving the Midwest’s most prominent newspaper
for a high profile “digital medium” or “digital platform” (that’s cliched corporatespeak for “a website.”)
Now Rogers departs for the primary internet home for baseball...
Chicago Tribune Fighting Illini
reporter Vaughn McClure is leaving the paper for ESPN
Atlanta. McClure, who was previously a Chicago Bears
beat reporter, will be covering the NFL
again; this time he’ll handle the Atlanta Falcons.
Before taking the ATL job, McClure was to handle the Chicago Bulls
beat once the NBA
The Chicago Bears
and Minnesota Vikings
have essentially “traded” newspaper beat writers. Well, the papers themselves didn’t trade writers; the “core” covering the Bears and Vikings made a swap. And it involves the two main papers in both the Twin Cities and Chicago.
The Vikings have a new beat writer: formerly of the Chicago Sun-Times. And an ex Vikings scribe moves to the Chicago Tribune.
APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors), a national organization that strives to improve professional standards of sports departments, just made these last two tweets...
I started hearing rumors last weekend that Dan Pompei was out at the Chicago Tribune.
It wasn’t until this morning that I got confirmation on Dan Pompei being gone, and that this was Dan Pompei leaving the Trib, it was his decision. Not the paper deciding to get rid of him. Dan Pompei is as an accomplished NFL writer as you will ever find. So this is a huge void for the Trib to fill as his leaving coincides with the start of football season.
No word yet on what he's doing next or who his replacement will be...
Ever since I broke the news about Colleen Kane
becoming the new Chicago White Sox
beat writer, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about the fate of former Chicago Cubs
beat writer Paul Sullivan. With Mark Gonzales replacing Sully on the Cubs beat, I’ve gotten a few emails and texts about what’s going to happen to Paul Sullivan.
He has both his fans and his critics; and they can get rather loud on Twitter
. Of course, that comes with the territory of being a beat writer for a very high profile team at a big city paper. Polarization is just natural. And certainly, it’s always the malcontents that will be louder and more assertive than the admirers.
So Paul Sullivan is gone from the Cubs beat, and he will now be……...
(Update: Paul Sullivan is gone from the Chicago Cubs beat, and Vaughn McLure will be covering Illinois for the Tribune)
You know that job posting you saw online for the Chicago Tribune; the open baseball writer position?
It’s been filled internally; sources have told me. With this promotion of Colleen Kane, there will also be a couple of beats being shifted around. At least that’s what insiders tell me. Colleen Kane takes over the White Sox
beat as Mark Gonzalez
) shifts to the Chicago Cubs
Comcast SportsNet, the local television station owned by the Chicago Blackhawks
, White Sox
has signed veteran Illinois
high school football sports writer/recruiting authority Edgy Tim, also known as Tim O’Halloran, to be its local preps football expert effective August 1.
Edgy Tim (@EDGYTIM) is often featured on Rivals, which is owned by Yahoo. Even people like me, who despise National Signing Day, hate recruiting, can’t stand preps coverage, unfollow people who constantly tweet out high school sports and recruiting news, still recognize the talent and ability of Edgy Tim. He's at the very top of his specific game; no question...
Minnesota based writer John Rosengren
is the author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes.
It’s a biography of the “Hebrew Hammer,” one of the greatest players in baseball history. A member of the Detroit Tigers Mt. Rushmore. Greenberg was more than just one of the premier power hitters of his generation. He slugged 58 home runs in 1938, equaling Jimmie Foxx’s 1932 mark for the most home runs in one season by any player between 1927 (when Babe Ruth set a record of 60) and 1961 (when Roger Maris surpassed it). Greenberg was a five-time All-Star, twice AL
MVP and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956.
Hank Greenberg was also the first Jewish superstar in all of American professional sports. And reaching that height meant he had to endure Anti-Semitism, bigotry and prejudice that you could not imagine. Rosengren’s book is more than a baseball story; it’s about social pioneering and political trail blazing. John Rosengren is an award-winning author of seven books. A freelance writer since 1981, he has written articles for more than 100 publications ranging from Reader’s Digest to Sports Illustrated. He’s a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society for American Baseball Research. He teaches in the University of Minnesota’s journalism school and at the Loft Literary Center. He earned his master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.
You can see a sampling of all the press
Rosengren received on his book at HankGreenberg.net
on the book page under reviews. The Detroit Free Press
and Chicago Magazine
did interviews. Rosengren has also written for the Chicago Sun-Times
and Chicago Side
. He will be speaking at the Highland Park Public Library on July 10.
Today’s White Sox
game with the Seattle Mariners was to baseball what tramp stamps are to Tilted Kilt waitresses. Something potentially passable is just ruined by something unsightly. Obviously, I prefer football and basketball to baseball; and educated brunettes to TK staffers. The 24-32 White Sox
visited the 26-33 Seattle Mariners for one game of 162 this season; and it was a double header all by itself.
As the White Sox
entered on a seven game losing streak, this contest obviously had HUGE PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS! It went into the 14th inning tied at 0-0. I could’ve sworn somebody had turned on soccer
. As much physical torture as watching soccer
is, at least the sport has Alex Morgan
and Hope Solo
to look at. Yes, I know Solo is guano crazy. This White Sox
game could be summarized by Darth Helmet in Spaceballs: “no, it’s not what you think. It’s much, much worse!”
The White Sox
scored 5 runs in the top of the 14th inning only to…wait for it…see the Mariners tie it with 5 in the bottom half of the 14th. The White Sox
eventually ended up winning 7-5 in 16 innings. Time of game: 5 hours, 42 minutes. Or the equivalent of three games pitched by former White Sox
ace Mark Buerhle.
This elicited some hysterical reactions on Twitter
from White Sox
experts and local sports media
. Time for one of my tweet fueled stories...
WMVP’s Sarah Spain
is most likely leaving the Chicago sports talk radio station for a new gig with Fox Sports
1. A source close to Spain claimed that this deal is in the works. We don't have official word yet, but all signs point that way. The ESPN
1000 on-air personality is potentially bolting the talk radio station for a greater, expanded role with the new television network. The higher ups at Fox Sports
1 are hoping that this new network will be able to complete with the World Wide Leader: ESPN
is one of many sports personalities being scouted for Fox Sports
1. They’ve already made a marquee hire in Charissa Thompson
. And they’re looking to add a considerable amount of staff between now and network launch August 17th. I really don't see anything special in Spain's work. I do not find her to be exceedingly talented. Then again, I'm not FS1. Maybe they see something I don't.
Spain tweeted yesterday that she was flying to Los Angeles
; presumably to finalize/further discuss the deal with Fox Sports
. Sarah Spain
has previous experience living in Los Angeles working for Fox Sports
. She used to produce the network’s “The Final Score” highlights show...