Meet The MLBTR Writing Team

MLB Trade Rumors employs a team of writers to bring you the latest hot stove news and analysis.  Let’s meet the team:

Tim Dierkes started MLB Trade Rumors as a hobby in 2005, and has since written over 8,500 posts as MLBTR grew into baseball’s most popular hot stove website as well as his full-time job.  MLBTR has received over 680,000,000 pageviews since its inception and is a favorite of baseball writers, executives, players, and fans everywhere.  Tim graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a business administration major in 2004.  He originally met his lovely wife Agnes on campus.  Tim currently lives with his wife, sons, and daughter in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  He is a lifelong Cubs fan, but swears it does not affect his objectivity on MLBTR.  Follow him on Twitter: @timdierkes.

Zach Links is a writer/reporter for MLB Trade Rumors as well as sister sites Hoops Rumors and Pro Football Rumors.  In addition to his lengthy catalog of work online, Zach can be heard as a regular guest on several ESPN radio affiliates and other notable sports stations nationwide.  Before joining the MLBTR family in 2009, Zach served as the lead play-by-play announcer for Rutgers sports at WRSU-FM and worked in the newsrooms of CSTV, WNBC-NY TV, and ESPN Radio.  You can follow Zach on Twitter: @ZachLinks.

Steve Adams is a full-time staff writer for MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR’s longest-tenured writer, Steve grew up in the Twin Cities and currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he studied English Literature with a Writing Emphasis and Public Relations (when his Fantasy Baseball schedule permitted). Steve’s been a baseball fan since he can remember, and is thankful to be (barely) old enough to have vivid memories of his beloved Twins’ most recent World Series title in 1991. Steve has been writing for MLBTR since May of 2008, and began providing Fantasy analysis for MLB.com in May of 2011. He has also written about the Twins for SB Nation’s Twinkie Town and fears that his voice may never fully recover from 2009’s Game 163 tiebreaker against the Tigers. You can follow him on Twitter: @Adams_Steve.

Mark Polishuk has been a baseball fan ever since his seven-year-old self witnessed Kelly Gruber hit a walkoff single for the Blue Jays in 1989.  Mark has been part of the MLBTR crew since October 2009, and has also written about baseball, soccer and hockey for such outlets as ESPN Chicago, ESPN Boston, The New York Post, The11.ca, The Canadian Press, The Sports Xchange, and the official websites of both Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.  A native of London, Ontario, Mark holds a BA in English/Film Studies from the University Of Western Ontario.  He currently splits his time between London and Toronto.  Mark’s greatest on-field achievement was performing an unassisted triple play while playing second base during an eighth grade gym class softball game.  “Just like Bill Wambsganss!”, Mark yelled immediately afterwards, a reference lost on all.

Nick Collias covers Spanish-language baseball news and manages the Spanish version of MLBTR, Rumores de Béisbol. He grew up attending single-A baseball games in Boise, Idaho, and for the better part of a decade fought the good fight in the world of alternative journalism at Boise Weekly, where he played catch in the parking lot on nearly every deadline day. In 2008, he attended the University of Chicago and earned a masters degree focusing on American history and documentary filmmaking. Afterward, he was a contributing writer and researcher for the 2009 television documentary Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City, and he wrote and designed the art book John Collias: Round About the Boise Valley.

Edward Creech has been writing for MLBTR since May 2012. He was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, hometown to former major leaguer Bill Stein and umpire Mike Reilly. Edward’s career path has taken him down some interesting roads since his graduation from Michigan State University with a BA in Telecommunications. He spent 10 years in Chicago radio working as a sportswriter for WMAQ-AM and as a producer for “The Score” (WSCR-AM). Wanting to give back to the community, Edward spent the next 11 years as an elementary school teacher working in the Chicago Public Schools system and the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has also been a high school coach or softball umpire in Chicago since 2004. Edward’s most recent venture was the founding of What A Do Theatre, a professional theatre company in his hometown of Battle Creek, and serving as its managing director for three years. Edward has been very fortunate to marry up, as he shares his Evanston, Illinois home with his gorgeous wife Elena and their two wonderful children: Marley, an American bulldog mix, and Josie, a beagle/dachshund/pot-bellied pig mix.

Charlie Wilmoth runs the Pittsburgh Pirates blog Bucs Dugout, which has received over 20,000,000 page views since its inception in 2005. He also runs the Bucs Dugout Podcast along with Pittsburgh radio personality David Todd. Wilmoth’s book, Dry Land, follows Pirates fans through 20 losing seasons and through the Bucs’ 2013 playoff run. Wilmoth is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, Wesleyan University, and the University of California, San Diego, where he received a Ph.D. in music composition in 2010. His classical music has been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Alarm Will Sound and many others, and he also sings and plays guitar in the rock band Fox Japan. He currently teaches music theory at Otterbein University, and he lives in Columbus.

Jeff Todd left his legal practice to join the MLBTR staff and pursue his love for the game of baseball. After completing his B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and getting hitched to Bethany, his high-school sweetheart, Jeff wrote and edited for the Harvard Law Review while obtaining his J.D. from Harvard Law School. A rugby player during college and law school, Jeff re-discovered his passion for the National Pastime upon returning to his native Northern Virginia, where he worked as a litigator in downtown DC and played catcher on a men’s league team with many of his more-talented high-school teammates. Jeff and Bethany were blessed with a daughter, Mae, who blissfully fell asleep during the 4th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park and whose favorite object is a Nationals cap signed by Mike Rizzo. While he makes no promises that he will say anything worthwhile, Jeff has finally joined the 21st century by creating a Twitter account: @JA_Todd.


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