Tom Verducci is currently serving as the lead game analyst for Fox Sports’ MLB coverage. He is the first baseball writer to be a lead game analyst during World Series coverage. He will also continue to have a major presence on the MLB Network, appearing regularly on MLB Tonight, and serving as a game analyst for select games.
Tom has also served as a reporter for Turner Sports during the MLB Postseason. Tom won a Sports Emmy Award in 2013 for his work as a reporter for both MLB Network and Turner. Also a well-renowned baseball writer, he currently serves as a senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated.
In 2009, Tom co-authored with Joe Torre “The Yankee Years,” chronicling Torre’s years as Yankees manager between 1996 to 2007. He became the first SI writer to both write and be the featured cover subject. His story “I Was a Toronto Blue Jay” recounted his experiences playing for the Blue Jays over five Spring Training days. Tom’s cover story for SI’s 2004 Sportsman of the Year (the Red Sox) was included in The Best American Sports Writing 2005 anthology.
Another compelling and personal story Tom has written for SI is his 1995 cover story “The Dead End Kids,” in which he profiled Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Verducci’s 1999 cover story about Sandy Koufax, “The Left Arm of God,” was another classic, in which he wrote that the pitching legend should not be referred to as a recluse, as “a recluse doesn’t touch so many people with lifelong lessons of generosity, humility and the Zen of the curveball.”
Tom has written multiple books including, “Chasing the Dream; My Lifelong Journey to the World Series,” Joe Torre’s path from growing up in Brooklyn to leading the Yankees to the 1996 World Series, “Inside Baseball: The Best of Tom Verducci,” which features 21 of the author’s most gripping SI essays, and the New York Times Bestseller, “The Yankee Years,” with Joe Torre.
Before joining SI, Tom spent 10 years with Newsday as a baseball writer, including a three-year stint as the paper’s national baseball columnist. He also spent a year in Cocoa, Fla., as a sports reporter for Florida Today.
Tom led his high school football team to a state championship, and caught the winning touchdown pass in the title game. He attended Penn State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in journalism, and was named the Most Outstanding Journalism Graduate in that class. As a volunteer for the Montgomery Baseball Association youth program, he managed the 10-year-old travel team to the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Region championship and the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series.
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