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 12,000 posts as MLBTR grew into baseball’s most popular hot stove website as well as his full-time job. MLBTR has received over 1.3 billion pageviews since its inception and is a favorite of baseball writers, executives, agents, players, and fans everywhere. Tim currently lives in the Chicago suburbs. He is a lifelong Cubs fan, but swears it does not affect his objectivity on MLBTR. Follow him on Twitter: @timdierkes.
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 has 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.
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 former rugby player, Jeff re-discovered his passion for the National Pastime while working as a litigator in downtown DC and playing catcher on a men’s league team. 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. The family has since welcomed a little boy, Gibson (a nod to Josh and Bob), and moved to Denver, where they enjoy hiking, climbing, and skiing. 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.
Mark Polishuk has loved baseball ever since his seven-year-old self personally witnessed Kelly Gruber hit a walkoff single for the Blue Jays during a 1989 game. 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 Boston Herald, 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. His greatest on-field achievement was performing an unassisted triple play from second base during a softball game in eighth grade gym class. “Just like Bill Wambsganss!,” Mark immediately yelled, a reference lost on all.
Connor Byrne is a freelance writer and editor who has written for various online outlets, most recently joining the MLBTR writing staff in March 2016. He has also written for one of MLBTR’s sister sites, Pro Football Rumors, since February 2015. The Buffalo, NY, native attended St. Bonaventure University, where he studied both journalism and English, and has been a die-hard baseball fan since early childhood. Connor’s playing days ended in his mid-teens after it became painfully obvious he was not, in fact, the next Pedro Martinez or David Cone – his favorite starting pitchers growing up – but he has been perfectly content to continue following the sport on a daily basis since. Nowadays, he’s ecstatic that he has the privilege to combine two of his longtime passions, writing and baseball, as a member of the MLBTR team.
Kyle Downing grew up rooting for his hometown Cleveland Indians as a native of Stow, Ohio. He’s written previously for FanSided and is now thrilled for the privilege to spend time writing about baseball for MLBTR. One of his favorite childhood memories is attending the All-Star FanFest in Cleveland back in 1997, where he watched his dad hit a home run in the virtual batting cages and got to meet David Justice and Sandy Alomar Jr. When he’s not writing about transactions and trade rumors, Kyle is auditioning and performing in New York City in pursuit of his goals as an actor. He earned a BA in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, and completed his MFA in Theatre at the University of Houston in 2014. As a side practice, he coaches Shakespeare technique to actors in the Big Apple. You can follow Kyle on Twitter: @kyledowningmlb