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
It's Gone! Goodbye!
The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week; then the wrecking ball will take its cuts at Yankee Stadium. The walls of this American monument do talk, and it has a few final secrets to share
It's that time: Spring camps open this week. Here's what you need to know
Randy Johnson Will Grind Your Bones To Make His Bread
He has more wins in his 40s than he did in his 20s, and he enjoyed his most fearsome run in his late 30s; as he closes in on 300 wins, it's safe to say there's never been another pitching giant like the Big Unit
Here We Go Again
A rash of testosterone busts shows that just because baseball tests for drugs doesn't mean it's clean
Walking Tall into the Hall
For more than stats Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are locks for Cooperstown
In a rare Series matchup of elite teams, bearded Boston will emerge as the champ—barely
Forget those April predictions. Upstart contenders (that's you, Padres), breakthrough stars (hello, Joey Votto) and resurrected veterans (welcome back, Miguel Tejada) will make it a September to remember
THE SHAM SPRING
TWO DECADES AGO, LONG BEFORE A REPLACEMENT PLAYER WAS A WELL-KNOWN SABERMETRIC MEASURING STICK, MAJOR LEAGUE CAMPS WERE OVERRUN WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF FILL -IN: HORDES OF HAS-BEENS AND WANNABES CHASING DREAMS WHILE REAL BIG LEAGUERS WERE ON STRIKE. IT WAS FUNNY, SHAMEFUL—AND FOR ONE PLAYER, TRAGIC
4 Tampa Bay Rays
"THEY'LL WIN (GULP) MORE THAN 70 GAMES."
AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE
The story of the postseason begins and ends with aces and closers—the alpha (and omega) males of October baseball. The Phillies have a heavenly rotation, but a certain MVP contender and his flawless finisher in Detroit are this year's best one-two punch
Second to None
A late-blooming slugger deserves the Hall
TO CHEAT OR NOT TO CHEAT
A DECADE AFTER KEN CAMINITI HELPED PULL BASEBALL'S STEROID PROBLEM OUT OF THE SHADOWS, THOSE WHO CHASED THE BIG LEAGUE DREAM IN A DIRTY ERA STILL WRESTLE WITH HOW THEY DEALT WITH THE DILEMMA OF A GENERATION
SI's lead baseball writer goes inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.
THE RAYS WAY
Innovation, (Tampa) Bay Area--style: Welcome to the Silicon Valley of pitching, where baseball's most perplexing puzzle is solved on a shoestring
So Far, So Good
They've won World Series, conquered New York and handled the Boss. But in 16 years the Yankees' Core Four had never sat down for lunch together—until an SI roundtable last week