MLB.com Hires Award-Winning Journalist Hal Bodley

Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:29am EST

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NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MLB Advanced Media, the interactive
media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, announced today that it
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 perspective."
    "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 television network.
    A native of Smyrna, Del., Bodley graduated from the University 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.
SOURCE  MLB.com

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