Joe Posnanski is Executive Columnist for MLB Advanced Media, which means — something. It is the closest Posnanski has ever come to being an executive. He is also a contributor to MLB Network, which means you might see him on TV sometimes. He is also a contributor to PBS, but that was only so he could get that “Scott Houston How To Play Piano” collection. Very cool stuff.
Posnanski has been National Columnist at NBC Sports, Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, columnist for the Kansas City Star, The Cincinnati Post, The Augusta Chronicle and Sports on Earth and a regular old writer and editor for The Charlotte Observer. He clearly cannot keep a job
He has written four books, including New York Times No. 1 Paterno and bestsellers The Secret of Golf, The Machine and The Soul of Baseball. He is writing a book about Harry Houdini that he will bore you to tears talking about if you ask him.
Posnanski has won a bunch of awards. The photo above is of the personalized muppet he won for being named best sportswriter at the Blogs 4 Balls Conference. He has been named national sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association, was twice named national columnist of the year by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and three times won the National Headliner Award. He has won an Eddy Gold Award and an Emmy Award. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum honored him with the Buck O’Neil Award for contributions to the museum. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance has named its annual writer of the year award after him.
He grew in Cleveland, spent the bulk of his adult lucky life in Kansas City and now lives in Charlotte with his wife Margo, their two daughters Elizabeth and Katie and their dog Westley, named for the hero in “The Princess Bride.” They are sick of him writing about them all the time. Especially the dog.