Jeff Passan

Jeff Passan

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 and is a frequent guest on such ESPN podcasts as ESPN Daily and Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney. He has also contributed as an on-field reporter, including for Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball.

Passan was named a 2022 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting award recipient by the Moody College of Communication Center for Sports Communication & Media at the University of Texas for his 2021 story on San Francisco Giants outfielder Drew Robinson. Passan detailed some of the care that went into telling this story on ESPN Front Row in 2021.

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.”


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