Staff

CO-FOUNDERS

1Michael Hattery:

Michael Hattery was born and raised in upstate New York. Unfortunately his father was born and raised in Medina Ohio, forever staking the family’s allegiances to “The Cleve”. Mike is now a practicing attorney in Northeast Ohio. He grew up around baseball, touching it in any way he could, be it a mediocre high school career reliant on poor secondary offerings or working in the clubhouse for the AA Binghamton Mets. The last touch he could find was  writing which for him is mostly focused on analytics and data reliant columns. Unfortunately, while they can occasionally offer some small nugget of insight they are predominantly mindless wanderings through the mind of a frustrated fan, rather than a rational observer. Mike has previously written on The Athletic, Fangraphs, The Hardball Times, WFNY, Indians Baseball Insider and Cleveland Sports Insiders. Follow Michael on twitter at https://twitter.com/snarkyhatman. Michael can be reached via email at Michael.Hattery@gmail.com.

Photo   Gage Will

Gage is a Sandusky, Ohio native who has been transplanted to Findlay. Cleveland sports struck at a young age, in the 1990s heyday of the Indians. Caroming a tennis ball off of front steps to emulate Omar Vizquel birthed a passion for the Indians, clanging jumpers off the back rim channeled Brevin Knight, and Tim Couch proved that football was only wise if you had capable blockers. Beyond his fandom, Gage has published hundreds of articles between Indians Baseball Insider and WaitingForNextYear.com

FOUNDERS EMERITUS:

Steve OrbanekSteve Orbanek–Managing Editor:

Even at 26 years of age, sports heartbreak has been a frequent theme in Steve’s life. The Browns moving to Baltimore. Game seven of 1997 World Series. The Decision.

Yep, Steve remembers them all, and they’ve all had a profound effect in one way or another.

But he also remembers the number 455. He remembers the night of June 26, 2003. And he firmly believes the best has yet to come.

A writer for most of his life, Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Duquesne University before earning a master’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Edinboro University. His first book, General McLane Athletics: Stories From the First 50 Years was released in December 2010 by Reedy Press and chronicled the sports history of an Edinboro area high school. During the day, Steve works at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College as the college’s Marketing and Communications Specialist. Steve has previously served as Associate Editor for Indians Baseball Insider and Cleveland Sports Insiders. He currently resides in the great city of McKean, PA with his beautiful wife and their two hound dogs. Follow Steve on twitter at https://twitter.com/orbaneks. Steve can be reached via email at orbaneks@gmail.com.

JimJim Pete–Managing Editor:

Jim Pete was born and bred in the Forest City of Cleveland, Ohio before moving to the giant Metropolis of McKean, PA. He is currently residing in Raleigh, NC only 30 minutes away from Zebulon, NC and Cleveland’s High A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. Cleveland Sports just happen to be his passion, coming in a not-so-close second to his wife, son and daughter, as well as his crazy dog and even more insane cat.

Rooting for the Indians and the rest of the Cleveland sports has been akin to walking on broken glass, legos and hot coals at the same time…but somehow have found a way to consume his life on a daily basis. Yeah, he does hate Cleveland Sports…just a little…

Jim’s first Cleveland Sports memory was watching the Tribe as a five-year old in cavernous Municipal stadium, in awe of Charlie Spikes, Andre “Thunder” Thornton, Duane Kuiper, Rick Manning and the great Buddy Bell. Most thought Municipal was a giant dung heap. Jim thought it was nothing short of heaven. He died a little while attending the infamous Red Right 88 with his Dad, and swore off the Browns and the NFL that day. The moment Jordan hit the winning shot over Craig Ehlo is forever etched in his mind as the worst day in the history of the world.

Hyperbole knows no bounds.

Jim has written and talked about Cleveland Sports over the past 15 years for several sites, and last was a senior editor, columnist and beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider and Cleveland Sports Insiders. He attended Historic Grainger Stadium regularly with his kids and wife in tow, and is now a regular at Five County Stadium.

He longs for the day when people hate Cleveland because they win titles…and not because of a series of shortfalls. You can follow Jim on Twitter https://twitter.com/JimPeteEHC, or he can be reached at everybodyhatescleveland@gmail.com.

1John Grimm:

A recent graduate from The Ohio State University in History and Greek and Latin, John Grimm is a life-long Cleveland sports fan. In 2013, he found an interest in non-traditional baseball statistics and believes that, given the vast array of free, publicly available, in-depth statistics, one can draw many nuanced conclusions and make extremely well-reasoned, measured conclusions.

John is presently enrolled in the Chemical Engineering program at Arizona State University.

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