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jessica quiroli
Wherever baseball is.
I'm a minor league baseball writer. Dirt under my fingernails.
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The New York Mets began their 2018 campaign on a somber note as news broke of the passing of Daniel "Rusty" Staub on March 29, just three days shy of his 74th birthday. Staub passed away in West Palm Beach due to complications from kidney failure. Nicknamed Le Grand Orange... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at All Heels on Deck
By Sydnee Williams On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped on a major league field, and entered a storm. He became the first black person to play in Major League Baseball. As they do every year, MLB will honor Jackie Robinson with his own day. 42 is the only number... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Rachael Lackner San Diegans can always rely on a few things. Great weather. Dank California burritos. Clean surf. And disappointment from the Padres. The Friars’ start to the 2018 season was full of said misfortune. San Diego fizzled to 1-6 in their opening homestand and suffered several missteps in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Lee Kluck We are living in a second golden age of baseball writing. Nowhere is this more evident than in the bubble of social media. In that space, educated fans mingle with new and old school professionals to cover the game in more ways than ever before. At any... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By James Bridget Gordon Hours before the first pitch was supposed to be thrown, the Cubs announced that their 2018 home opener would be postponed due to inclement weather. Temperatures were in the mid-30s and there was a light but persistent snowfall. It was April 9th. https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/983377964896346113 Even among people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey Last month, as with every week for the last 60+ weeks (if not more), the news was filled with so much existentially disturbing news that it was difficult to draw much attention to an issue which was, however ugly, not a threat to our civilization. In the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Karen Soutar The Blue Jays wrapped up their 2018 spring training schedule with their fifth annual two game series at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, and a record of 14-18 with one tie. There are those who’d love to see Major League Baseball return to Montreal, years after the Expos... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Jessica Quiroli Easter Sunday was marked by the death of legendary TV creator and director Steven Bochco, and while baseball was likely not the first thing you thought of upon hearing this, baseball is part of his story. Through the years as a minor league baseball writer, I'd heard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By: RoseAnn Sapia "Keep knocking on the door.” That’s how Melanie Newman said she's navigated her way through the sports broadcasting industry. Because, as reason would have it, if you keep knocking, eventually the door will open. For Newman, another door did open. She saw an opening for the number... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
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By Allison Place “We do not want to take a man’s place. We want our own place.” – June Peppas, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association President, in a memo to former AAGPBL players, managers, chaperones, and friends For Women’s History Month, I wanted to read something that celebrates,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Sydnee Williams March is recognized as Women’s History Month, and what better way to show appreciation for baseball than highlighting some of the best World Series national anthem renditions. The Anthem is the hype before the excitement; when the singer takes the field there’s a certain buzz in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
An Inclusive Response to Baseball Media All Heels on Deck takes the position that a multitude of voices in baseball media is valuable. Why don’t most outlets take this same position? That’s for them to answer. We’re changing the game. AHOD contributors will write about the game in an industry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
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By Jessica Quiroli Advanced stats have changed baseball, creating a new scientific formula to measure just about every scenario. The 1994 book “The Physics of Baseball” attempts to explain all the basics of baseball, in a way you might never have imagined. Or even knew you wanted to know. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey Now that the Blue Jays roster is coming into clear focus, apart from a couple of middle relief jobs, it's time to analyze the extent to which the team has been improved. Fans of any given baseball team are, by nature, prone to view the potential of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Sydnee Williams At a time where segregation was at an all time high, the Negro Leagues reflected societal hatred, with African-Americans kept from participating in Major League Baseball. Taking matters into their own hands, the Negro Leagues, a union made up of blacks and latinos, were formed. The familiar... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey While we're still more than a month away from seeing MiLB teams begin to announce the rosters, the Toronto Blue Jays have some conundrums coming up that are worth a closer than usual examination. Typically, a fan with some basic knowledge of their favorite team's system can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Morgan Romans The 2014 film Million Dollar Arm explores the game-changing process of reaching to other areas of the world to find untapped markets for athletes in order to play baseball, and give them the rarest of opportunities. The best part? It’s a true story. J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Karen Soutar The start of spring training, which baseball fans everywhere have been waiting for. This is a good time to take a look at where things stand with the Toronto Blue Jays, considering moves made (and non-moves as well). There are some teams that are going for it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
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By Allison Place Jane Leavy is a master of moments. Whether it be the moment an improbable perfect game becomes a reality or the moment a monumental story appears, quite literally, before her main character’s eyes, Leavy perfectly conveys anxiety, happiness, fear, whatever the emotion may be. Picture this: it’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Karen Soutar Harry Leroy Halladay. He went by Roy and was affectionately nicknamed Doc. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him with their first pick in the 1995 draft. He would become the face of their franchise for the better part of a decade. This is a look back on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
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By Sydnee Williams Meandering through the bustling streets of Washington DC, en route to a baseball game, there’s many differences in the people but also a common thread. Across different ethnicities and languages, Washington Nationals #34 connects the people of DC. Everywhere you turn there’s a Bryce Harper graphic tee... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
Welcome to All Heels on Deck! This blog prioritizes women, non-white women and LGBTQ people who write about baseball. If you have a pitch, suggestion or question please email heelsonthefield11@gmail.com Follow AHOD on Twitter @allheelsondeck Thank you. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By James Bridget Gordon Two years ago this summer, the Tampa Bay Rays’ annual Pride Night was repurposed to honor the victims and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Fans, players, team and league flacks, all basically shared the same message: we’re part of this community and our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
By Cara Cooper The titular character on Nickelodeon’s classic cartoon “Hey Arnold” may have had a football shaped head, but Arnold and all of his fourth grade buddies were baseball junkies through and through. "The Vacant Lot” was the seventh episode of season one, which premiered in 1996. Even though... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at All Heels on Deck
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By Rimsha Ganatra I consider October 8th, 2016 a personal holiday. That's the day the Chicago Cubs Twitter shared my tweet with me and my nephew excitedly celebrating Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. You’re probably wondering why I’m touting such an inconsequential event. Baseball teams... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at All Heels on Deck