Senior MLB Insider
Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan joined ESPN in January of 2019, immediately making an impact through his position as a leading reporter in the industry. He appears regularly on ESPN studio shows, including SportsCenter, Get Up and Baseball Tonight, writes for ESPN.com and is a frequent guest on such ESPN podcasts as ESPN Daily and Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney. He also contributes as an on-field reporter for Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball.
His favorite event he has covered so far for ESPN is the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings.
“I suppose it’s on-brand for someone who dabbles in transactions to deem a week during which people walk through a lobby, meet in hotel rooms and interact by text as an event,” Passan said. “And yet it teemed with all the things we love in our games: big stars, power plays, shows of force, timely rejoinders, strategy, pressure. For three consecutive days, the meetings offered record-setting signings, each inextricably linked to the other, all part of a cascading series of events that will help determine not only the course of the 2020 season but many beyond.”
Prior to ESPN, Passan spent 13 years at Yahoo Sports. He is the author of New York Times bestseller The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, and co-authored Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Passan’s love for baseball began in his hometown. “Getting to watch the 1990s Indians, with Albert Belle and Kenny Lofton and Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez and Omar Vizquel and Carlos Baerga and Eddie Murray, made a baseball fan of me forever,” he said.
Passan is a graduate of Syracuse University. As someone with a passion for both sports and writing, he said, “the ability to marry the two seemed too convenient to work a real job.”
“Somehow, for upward of 20 years now, I’ve managed to make it happen. And for all the late nights, the days away from the family, the clacking away on the keyboard: Yeah, it really is the best job in the world.”