Joe Posnanski strikes again


I’ve been around long enough to see several hot writers come along. Steve Rushin is brilliant. Howard Bryant—fantastic. Bill Simmons—excellent. Uh … I’m babbling. I’m not saying writers are like baseball players, where they come out of nowhere, catch a good wave, then disappear. Hell, Rushin still kicks ass. So does Howard. And Simmons has a huge best-seller on his hands. But it’s almost like scribes suddenly get noticed in a big way, and they go from regional to national to, in our realm, stars.

Joe Posnanski is a star.

He has been one in Kansas City forever. But over the past few years he’s exploded onto the national scene, where people in and out of the business go out of their way to read his work. My quick take: Joe’s greatest attributes are that he doesn’t scream and yell and rant—he reasons. With background knowledge, but also research. Detailed research. He delves into numbers and statistics, but doesn’t kill you with them. And he turns great phrases, without being obvious. In my last column, on Dave Pear, I made a clumsy rusty dental knife analogy. Joe would probably never resort to such slop.

He also happens to be a universally liked guy, which helps.

Anyhow, this is my long-winded way of saying that I loved his recent Jason Kendall blog entry. And that it’s a very worthy read …

PS: And this is one of my all-time faves. Dazzlingly funny.

3 thoughts on “Joe Posnanski strikes again”

  1. I love Posnanski’s work. Love it, love it, love it.

    For me, it’s that he doesn’t take himself so damn seriously.

    You’ll NEVER see him bloviating alongside Mike Lupica, Mitch Albom and Bob Ryan on The Sports Reporters.

    He’s not a close-minded curmudgeon like Murray Chass or a caricature like Bill Plaschke who refuse to change with the times.

    Posnanski manages to be accessible without leaning on tired platitudes and his subtle means of challenging conventional thinking – without the holier-than-thou aura of the sabermetric community – is wonderfully refreshing.

  2. Agree with you 100% on Posnanski, love his work.

    It’s interesting that Kansas City has had a toe hold on baseball writing for the last 20 years (Posnanski, Rob Neyer, Bill James, Rany Jazayerli, Jason Whitlock) despite having an atrocious baseball team.

    You can probably argue that Whitlock isn’t a baseball writer per se, but I think that for the sake of this argument he can be added to the list.

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