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jessica quiroli
Wherever baseball is.
I'm a minor league baseball writer. Dirt under my fingernails.
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A clubhouse celebration was in full swing. The Houston Astros were celebrating an achievement, as they moved closer to what they hoped was a World Series title. Those celebrations, aren’t just for players. There is a long list of thoughtful, difficult decisions that add up to that one team. That... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By: RoseAnn Sapia Katie Gwinn Hewitt at the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Credit: Michigan Athletics The questions flashed through Katie Gwinn Hewitt’s mind. Do I want to do this forever? Am I happy? Should I stay in the industry? What would life be like without it? Gwinn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Since early 2018, a roster of incredible people have contributed outstanding baseball writing to the All Heels on Deck platform. Their work has been thoughtful, in-depth, at times fun, other times deeply serious and intimate. They've been paid, though not nearly enough, for presenting work that's uniquely they're own, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Hide The Pride By Helen Silfin Earlier this month, the Mets hosted their annual Pride Night at Citi Field… at least I think they did. You see, the Mets did just about everything they could to check “Pride Night” off their moral checklist without actually making LGBTQ+ fans feel any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Sheryl Ring On June 17, 1969, the world changed. That was the day of the Stonewall Uprising – when LGBTQ people at the Stonewall refused for the first time in the United States to kowtow to police there to arrest them. Their only crime was being queer. Their only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Jessica Quiroli I started writing, and the baby started crying. My sweet one. She doesn't know I just want five minutes to write, to breathe, to work on projects gathering dust. I don't feel guilt or that I'm a failure. I just feel overwhelmed. After thirteen years as a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Neither Monsters nor Amazons: Futbolera Gives Women in Latin American Sports the Voice They Deserve Review by Sara Rauch “It’s hard to imagine a more direct exertion on children than school programs instructing them in how to move their bodies,” write Brenda Esley and Joshua Nadel in the introduction to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Sheryl Ring “Crusty tranny dyke.” For some reason, of all that my wife and I endured during what we now call “The Week of Hell,” that’s what sticks in my memory the most. Three little words. “Crusty tranny dyke.” How bad was it? I’ve dealt with hate before. You... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
This is the third installment in this series. The fourth and final part will run in July. IT’S ALL PART OF IT Well, as you all know I am no longer in affiliated baseball and about to embark on my first journey into independent league baseball. I signed with the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey Probably not a lot of MLB fans, particularly outside the Blue Jays’ fanbase, are familiar with the name Andy Burns. That’s not really surprising. Burns, a shortstop on draft day, was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round of 2011. Taking a similar career path to current... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
On Betsy DeVos, the Ricketts Family, and Why Representation Matters The queer community, a longstanding pillar of the Chicagoland area and an integral part of the Second City’s history, has long been linked with the North Side’s venerable baseball team. Back in 1981, the Cubs’ AAA affiliate in Iowa was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Welcome back, Baseball Lifers, to the TENTH Edition of Lifer! How do you celebrate the new season? Do you load your shopping carts with new baseball themed tees for the ballpark? Do you start researching to find fun theme nights at ballparks you've never visited? This edition has a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
This is the second installment of this series featuring pitcher Todd Van Steensel's life in the minor leagues. Hey Todd, what’s spring training like? 5:20am - “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy”. Is the sound of my Queen inspired alarm tone going off to wake me up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
One of my favorite parts of the offseason is baseball Hall of Fame voting. There are the player profiles, like these from Jay Jaffe, that remind you of the great players of just a few years ago. There are the hot takes – so many hot takes – about who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Jessica Quiroli With additional reporting by RoseAnn Sapia In 2018, INF/OF Anthony Giansanti confidently finished the season hitting .295/.357/.456, with 58 runs batted in, and hoped an affiliated team noticed. In the Atlantic League, where you're hoping to get somewhere else, somewhere better soon, players are working to earn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Jessica Quiroli Garrett Broshuis, longtime advocate for increasing pay for minor league baseball players, spoke to AHOD about reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are going to be first in line. (Also see MLB Players Union head Tony Clark's supportive response here: Broshuis is a former 5th rounder... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Talking Shop: Minor League Life By Jessica Quiroli Look for this series to be featured throughout the season! We'll talk to someone in the minor leagues about the business and media, and how those worlds intersect and impact one another. I'm happy to present the first installment with my longtime... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Postcards from the Minor Leagues This is the first installment in a four-part series this baseball season. Todd Van Steensel will check in with blog posts on his experiences in the San Diego Padres organization, giving us a front row view of MiLB life. Look for added features such as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Jessica Quiroli Harper Valley, Philly, PA With: Jake Gronsky Crossing Broad (Kyle Scott) Zoo With Roy and Baseball Betsy (hey it's Bobby Abreu) Well, here we are. Philadelphia is now in full ownership of Bryce Harper. How did this happen? What's he need to do to fit in?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey Superstar tennis legend Martina Navratilova re-ignited the spotlight on an ongoing controversy last month when she published an ill-informed op-ed in the Sunday Times of London declaring that trans women who compete in professional athletics against other women are, by definition, cheating. Almost two months earlier she... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By: RoseAnn Sapia Upon returning home to Australia to pitch in the Australian Baseball League in 2018, Todd Van Steensel generated big league interest after just one game. His agent sent reports and videos from his first outing to major league clubs, and the Padres came calling. “It actually happened... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
A girl, seventeen, was running. She was bouncing around from place to place, at one point residing in a group home that helped troubled girls, including those who were vulnerable to sex trafficking. She was vulnerable, as runaways are, to being taken advantage of and endangered. She was one of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
When the possibility of the first woman baseball GM is discussed, many men have a go-to. Gender, they say, shouldn’t be part of the equation. The fact that only men have ever done the job erases that point. But that response, as bland as office carpet, persists. My unapologetic opinion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Welcome back, Baseball Lifers! And welcome to the ninth edition of Lifer by All Heels on Deck! And Happy New Year 2019! We at All Heels on Deck hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays. We took a brief Winter Break, but your favorite baseball fan lifestyle column is back with yet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Welcome back Baseball Lifers to the eighth edition of Lifer by All Heels on Deck! This issue is yet another special edition just in time for the holidays! That’s right, in this edition of Lifer we’ll be focusing on the other “Greatest Time of Year” with exclusive personal features from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at All Heels on Deck