Tom Verducci has covered baseball for Sports Illustrated since 1993. The 2015 National Sportswriter of the Year, Verducci is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist; the author of a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, The Yankee Years, co-authored with Joe Torre; a two-time Emmy Award winner, including the first winner of the Studio Analyst Emmy who was not a former player or coach; and a lead analyst for Fox television, becoming the first writer ever to call a World Series in that role. The Penn State graduate also is the only SI writer to be featured on the magazine’s cover.
All Tom Verducci Stories
5 Outs Away
A year ago the Cubs and Red Sox each came that close to the World Series, only to see it all blow up in eerily similar—and all-too-familiar—fashion
Boom or Bust
Money pitchers and fat payrolls are the keys to a title, right? Not in 2011, when the Rangers and the Cardinals turned the script upside down, riding big bats, lockdown bullpens and ... more big bats to the World Series. In a postseason of firsts, another looms for Texas
Happy Mother's Day
What would be the perfect Mother's Day story? How about a soft-tossing, off-the-radar lefty who lost his mom to cancer throwing the 19th perfect game in baseball history
Sportsmen of the Year
The 2004 Boston Red Sox staged the most improbable comeback in baseball history and liberated their long-suffering nation of fans
Turn up the Heat
October baseball is simple. If you want to win, you better bring a staff full of power arms—guys like Rays ace David Price (the game's hardest-throwing lefty starter). And postseason secret weapon Aroldis Chapman (the hardest thrower, period), who's breathing fire in the Reds' bullpen. Get ready. The next four weeks will be a gas.
Highly drafted catchers who can hit and play defense come around less often than playoff games at Camden Yards—which is why Baltimore has built a suddenly promising future around Matt Wieters. No two ways about it: The Orioles are sitting on the most sought-after commodity in the game.
I Was a Toronto Blue Jay
In five days as a major leaguer, the author saw the splendors of baseball—and its hard reality—from the best perspective: inside the game
Derek Jeter: 2009 Sportsman of the Year
It is not so much what he accomplished at 35—a fifth World Series ring capping a historic season, to be sure—as how the Yankees' shortstop arrived at his iconic place. Being the ultimate team player and a role model synonymous with winning has brought him still another title
The Art of Winning an (Even More) Unfair Game
Eight years after it forever shifted baseball's tectonic plates, Moneyball is a Brad Pitt movie, but its ethos has changed. Intellectual firepower is mandatory, but no guarantee of success now that the game's financial giants have cracked the code. Competitive advantage: Red Sox
Alex Rodriguez hit the jackpot when the Rangers offered him $252 million and the city of Dallas
Mike Piazza isn't just the best-hitting backstop of all time. He's also the leading man on baseball's hottest team
The Marlins' Stirring, 11th-Inning Come-From-Behind Defeat Of The Indians In Game 7 Redeemed An Otherwise Lackluster Series
Playing on Joe DiMaggio's home turf, Ken Griffey Jr., the game's most consistent slugger, matched the Clipper's lifetime home run mark
Is Baseball in the Asterisk Era?
New questions about steroids have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the game's power-hitting records
The inside story of the deal, engineered by Reds G.M. Jim Bowden, that sent Ken Griffey Jr. back to Cincinnati at a bargain rate
Hello, New York
By agreeing to move to third base, Alex Rodriguez got out of Texas and into pinstripes as the Yankees pulled off another blockbuster
Just 15 minutes from his family--and four months removed from his brief retirement--the ageless Roger Clemens is mowing down hitters and heating up the baseball climate in Houston