MLB.com hires award-winning journalist Hal Bodley
MLB Advanced Media, has hired longtime
USA Today baseball columnist Hal Bodley as senior correspondent. Bodley will
provide fans with his unique perspective of the game across various platforms
as a columnist and on-air analyst on MLB.com.
“We are honored to have Hal playing an important role on our
team,” said Dinn Mann, executive vice president of content for MLB.com.
“Over the course of his career, Hal has earned a reputation as a
respected, competitive authority on baseball. His contributions to the game and
to the groundbreaking approach and coverage by USA Today cannot be overstated.
Hal’s background as both a pioneer and leader in print and electronic media
will serve our staff and audience tremendously. This key addition further
advances our mission to deliver the best possible information and
“After covering baseball for 50 years, the last 25 for millions of USA
Today readers, getting this opportunity to remain active in the game with
MLB.com and its expansive presence in the digital arena is both exciting and
challenging,” said Bodley. “I can’t wait to get started because this
is truly baseball’s Golden Era.”
Bodley, who has covered the game since 1958, has attended nearly every major
event in the sport, including 43 World Series and 41 All-Star Games, has worked
more than 4,000 games, has seen more than 36,000 innings played and has
interviewed thousands of baseball personnel and six sitting Presidents of the
United States. He has also written two best-selling baseball books: The Team
That Wouldn’t Die, an account of the Philadelphia Phillies 1980 championship
year, and Countdown to Cobb, a chronicle of Pete Rose’s 1985 pursuit of Ty
Cobb’s career hits record.
Prior to joining MLB.com, Bodley served as baseball editor-columnist for USA
Today since prior to the national newspaper’s startup on Sept. 15, 1982. He was
with Gannett Company, Inc., for 47 years and prior to his work with USA Today
was sports editor-columnist of the Wilmington News Journal newspapers for 22
years. Bodley was also a founder and former president of the Associated Press
Editors Association. In addition, Bodley has served as a broadcast analyst for
baseball with CBS Sports, NBC Sports, CNN and the Philadelphia Phillies
A native of Smyrna, Del.,
Bodley graduated from the
of Delaware and has
become the most honored sports writer in the state’s history. He’s won 30
regional and national writing awards and was elected to the Delaware Sports
Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.