Looking for new writers to join the staff is always a bit of a stressful assignment as managing editor. Not only am I looking for quality writers who are passionate about the Yankees, but I am also trying to find people who fit into this team we've created. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly around here, and the process of finding people who buy into our game plan and are willing to help execute it can be overwhelming.
When I asked for new writer applications I'm not sure I could have ever expected over 130 people to be interested. All of that willingness to join in on what we are doing here is extremely flattering and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who applied, and thank you to Andrew, Jason, and Caitlin for spending many hours to help me sort through all of it. When it was all said and done we found four new writers that we are pretty excited about, and we hope that you will be too. Here is a brief introduction to the newest members of the staff.
Matt Appel: "Born and raised in suburban Albany, NY, I spent half my childhood in Section 38 of the old Yankee Stadium bleachers. I bleed Syracuse Orange, even though my doctor says it's not good for me. Springsteen is life. I witnessed Shelley Duncan's first career home run."
Nikhil Chaturvedi: "I'm a junior in college and have been following the Yankees as long as I can remember. As a writer, I consider statistical and business analysis to be my strongest area. My favorite Yankee memory would have to be watching Mike Mussina's near perfect game against the Red Sox in 2001."
Vincent Lia was born, raised, and resides in northern New Jersey, and is a recent graduate of Ramapo College with aspirations to one day follow the Bombers as a beat writer. A self-proclaimed aficionado of all things Yankees who is looking forward to a new chapter in the team's pursuit of number 28 and beyond. His Mount Rushmore in the Bronx would include Gehrig, Mantle, Munson, and Jeter.
Martin Stezano was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but his family moved him to the United States when he was five years old. Upon arrival, he was introduced to baseball and immediately became a Yankees fan. He fell completely in love with the team when he attended his first game. During the day, he's a web producer, but blogging about sports is his true passion.
In case you missed them yesterday, you can check out Matt's first post here and Nikhil's first post here while Martin and Vincent will be making their debuts in the coming days. The staff and I are very excited to welcome these four guys into the fold for the 2015 season and I have little doubt that they will help us produce more of the quality content you've come to expect.