Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci is a senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated. He’s covered Major League Baseball since 1981. Tom also has been an analyst for Fox and the MLB Network; a New York Times No. 1 bestselling author; and co-host of The Book of Joe podcast with Joe Maddon. A five-time Emmy Award winner across three categories (studio analyst, reporter, short form writing) and nominated in a fourth (game analyst), he’s garnered many honorifics over the years, including three-time National Sportswriter of the Year; two-time National Magazine Award finalist; and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Tom is a member of the National Sports Media Hall of Fame, Baseball Writers Association of America (including past New York chapter chairman) and a Baseball Hall of Fame voter since 1993. He also is the only writer to be a game analyst for World Series telecasts.

Hitters haven’t been able to figure out Imanaga this season.
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New Cubs Star Shōta Imanaga Is Excellent Proof MLB’s Pitch Velocity Obsession Is Misguided

Imanaga throws his four-seam fastball at below league-average velocity, yet he’s still one of the most difficult starting pitchers a hitter can face.

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The Royals, who tied the franchise record for fewest wins in a full season with 56 last year, are now on pace for 102 in 2024.
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The Royals Are the Most Confounding Story in Baseball Right Now

A third of the way into the season, Kansas City is 32–19 after finishing a dismal 56–106 last year. Can the Royals keep up this pace?

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Rodríguez is off to a slow start at the plate in 2024.
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Why Julio Rodríguez Is Going Through a Serious Power Outage

The Mariners star is struggling at the plate right now, having hit only two home runs this season.

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Technology helped turn Scott from just another bullpen guy to a potential front-of-the-rotation starter in a short period of time.
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MLB’s Pitching Evolution Has Made Hitting Nearly Impossible 

Technology, information and training aids are helping pitchers far more than hitters. 

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First-time manager Vogt has Cleveland atop the AL Central and with the second-best record in the league through 37 games.
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The Guardians Have Gone Retro—And It’s Working

Stephen Vogt is one of the youngest managers in MLB—with the youngest roster—but his Cleveland team is off to a sizzling start thanks to a throwback style of baseball. 

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MLB

MLB Should Look to the Art of Pitching to Solve Its Injury Crisis

Greg Maddux built a 5,000-inning Hall of Fame career on command, location and movement—and he never injured his arm. It’s time baseball experts started listening to him.

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Skubal has posed a 2.28 ERA in 2024.
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Four MLB Teams Ready to Jump Into the Playoffs After Losing Seasons in 2023

For the last three decades, nearly every MLB season has featured one or more teams who pulled off a loser-to-postseason turnaround. Who will do it in 2024?

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Trout has changed his approach at the plate, launching more homers than we’re used to seeing from him.
MLB

Meet Mike Trout 2.0: A Slugging Machine

The Angels star began his career as Mickey Mantle’s statistical doppelganger—an all-around great hitter. Now in his 30s, he has become a pure power hitter.

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Boston is off to a strong start thanks in part to a change in pitching philosophy.
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Nine MLB Lessons We’ve Learned in April

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Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run transcended baseball and sports.
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Honoring Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run: 10 Most Important Home Runs Ever Hit

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Shohei Ohtani’s Translator Fired Amid Accusations of Theft of ‘Millions of Dollars’
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Shohei Ohtani’s Translator Fired Amid Accusations of Theft of ‘Millions of Dollars’

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Gunnar Henderson Is Ready to Power a New Glorious Era of Orioles Baseball
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Gunnar Henderson Is Ready to Power a New Glorious Era of Orioles Baseball

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