As I mentioned in the open thread last night, we’ve added two new contributors to the site: Katie Sharp (@ktsharp on Twitter) and Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim). Sunny has written some stuff for us before and Katie is coming over from IIATMS. You’ll see their first posts very soon. To help you get to know our newest contributors, Katie and Sunny were nice enough to write up some background info, so consider this their introduction.
To be honest, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love sports – whether it was playing them or watching them. My dad (a Long Island native) made sure that I was a Yankee fan from day one, and although our trips to the Stadium were rare when I was kid, I devoured box scores every morning and tried to watch as many games on TV as I could. After a few years of working in the finance industry following college, I realized that my obsession with sports was just too big for me to remain a desk jockey for the rest of my life. I somehow then landed my dream job at ESPN as a researcher, and spent seven years there working mostly on baseball, college basketball and college football shows.
I got my start in blogging while at ESPN (the Stats & Info blog and the ESPN New York Yankees blog), and it was also there that I developed my love for quirky stats and analysis-focused writing. A year ago, I left ESPN and relocated to Vermont where my husband had gotten a new job, and that’s when I started trying to do this sportswriting/blogging thing on a more permanent basis. I’ve been a long-time and devoted reader of River Ave. Blues and was absolutely thrilled when the guys asked me to come on board as a writer. As for the type of writing you can expect from me, I’ll be doing my Yankeemetrics series recaps on a regular basis (first one on Friday!), and also contributing other stats-based analysis posts that hopefully will make you a smarter Yankee fan.
Sung Min Kim
Hi all! My name is Sung Min Kim. People around here like to call me Sunny and that’s fine. You can also refer me as SMK, which is my unofficial moniker in the student newspaper I work at.
I became a Yankees watcher when I moved to Connecticut back in 2002 – I was 11 years old then. I started to watch baseball consistently starting 2004 (sad, I know) and I’ve been a RAB reader since 2008. The earliest memory of reading the website was around the time when we drafted Gerrit Cole in the ’08 MLB Draft. I balanced reading between this website and LoHud Yankees Blog for my daily dose of the Yankees as a teenager so I’m pretty stoked to join the RAB crew!
I am currently a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. I major in broadcast journalism but I work a lot in online/print multiplatform kind of stuff. Last semester I had classes taught by Kevin Blackistone (Around the Horn panelist) and George Solomon (former sports editor for the Washington Post) so that was quite awesome and it definitely intensified my interest in sportswriting. Besides that, I am a staff news photographer and a music blogger for The Diamondback, University of Maryland’s independent student-run newspaper. Recently I won a regional award for breaking news photography (for this article) so that’s one thing in my life I’m proud for. Lastly, I’ve also been a college radio DJ for three years. I have a show every Thursday from 6-7pm at WMUC-FM.
Okay, enough with shameless plugs. Needless to say, I love baseball and I love writing about it. I’m very excited and fortunate to have an opportunity like this. I hope I can deliver some good content for you guys from now on and represent the website to its best. My Twitter handle is @sung_minkim and I tweet a lot about baseball, music and college life stuff. Thanks for reading!