Verducci at Citi Field in April 2011
|Alma mater|| Penn State University, |
|Occupation|| Sportswriter |
Thomas Verducci (born October 23, 1960) is an American sportswriter who writes for Sports Illustrated and its online magazine SI.com. He writes primarily about baseball. He is also a reporter and commentator for Fox Major League Baseball and MLB Network.
Verducci was born in East Orange, New Jersey, and raised in Glen Ridge.He attended Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey, and then went to Penn State, graduating with a B.A. in journalism, where he was a reporter for The Daily Collegian and appeared in the first edition of The Weekly Collegian. On July 12, 2016, Verducci revealed he was a Mets fan growing up.
After a one-year stint at Florida Today , Verducci moved to New York Newsday in 1983, becoming a columnist in 1990. He began writing for Sports Illustrated in 1993. He is a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show.
His most recent work is titled The Cubs Way. The book chronicles the epic story of how Theo Epstein and a perfect 5-year plan took the Cubs from a 101-loss season in 2012 to the 2016 World Series Champions.
In addition to his writing duties, Verducci works in television. He works for MLB Network, where he serves as a "baseball insider" and co-host of several programs with Bob Costas. He called his first World Series in 2014 for Fox alongside Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds. Verducci was the first non-former player or manager to work in the broadcast booth as a color commentator for a World Series telecast (and any pro sports) since ABC's Howard Cosell in 1983. Verducci and Reynolds would be replaced by John Smoltz as Fox's top baseball analyst following the 2015 season. He worked the 2016 Fall Classic as a sideline reporter, a role he still has to this day, and as a studio analyst, only doing so for 2016.
Verducci lives in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, New Jersey, with his wife Kirsten, and two sons. His brother Frank Verducci was the offensive coordinator for UConn.Verducci's aunt is Joan Hodges, the widow of Gil Hodges.
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