Contributors

Alex Smith – Founder

Alex Smith is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.  In addition to being the founder of Batting Leadoff, he works as a scout/field manager for Perfect Game USA and sits on the planning committee for the 2013 Ivy Sports Symposium.  He is a relief pitcher on the Cornell varsity baseball team and hopes to one day pursue a career in baseball operations, player development, or amateur scouting.  Contact him at aws77@cornell.edu or follow him on twitter @RealAlexSmith19.

Chris Moran – Featured Blogger

Chris Moran is a second-year law student and assistant baseball coach at Washington University in St. Louis.  He graduated from Wheaton College, where he donned the tools of ignorance.  Contact him at chris.moran@my.wheaton.edu or follow him on Twitter @hangingslurves.

Mike Parnell – Featured Blogger

Mike Parnell  is currently a senior at Cornell University where he is majoring in Industrial and labor Relations and minoring in economics.  He has spent the past several years working in baseball.  He first began working in baseball as a baseball operations intern for the Nashua Pride in high school before working as the Assistant to the Commissioner in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2010 through 2012.  In 2013 he began scouting minor league and independent level players.  He can be reached at parnellmike.mike@gmail.com

Matthew Provenzano – Featured Blogger 

Matthew Provenzano is a sophomore at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Information Science and with a minor in Law and Society. Matt is a member of Cornell At Bat where he is a journalist, broadcaster, and content manager and is also the Technical Director of the Big Red Sports Network and founded http://bigredsportsnetwork.org. He is from Seaford, NY, and has been a die-hard Yankee fan since the age of 6. Contact Matt at mjp294@cornell.edu or follow him on twitter at @mpro6294.

Bryan Robinson – Featured Blogger

Bryan Robinson is a second-year student at Brock University, located in St. Catharines, Ontario. He studies Sport Management, and hopes to earn himself a career in the baseball industry. Bryan spent time as an intern with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation this past summer, and also recently started his own website at www.ProProjections.com. Bryan aspires to continue developing his passion for baseball. He is from Wheatley, Ontario, Canada, and has been a life long Rays fan. Contact Bryan at bryrob58@gmail.com, or follow him on twitter @ProProjections.

Caleb Pykkonen – Featured Blogger

Caleb Pykkonen is a sophomore at Tufts University. He is studying economics and environmental studies and is planning to minor in mathematics. Caleb is currently a member of the Baseball Analysis at Tufts club, and he took part in the 2013 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.  He can be reached at caleb.pykkonen@tufts.edu, or followed on twitter @Cpikeonen.

Morris Greenberg – Featured Blogger

Morris Greenberg is a sophomore at Tufts University. He is double-majoring in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics. Morris works as an intern for Baseball Prospectus currently, is one of the leaders of the Baseball Analysis Club at Tufts University, and has presented his own research at a SABR conference. To reach Morris, contact him at morris.greenberg@tufts.edu or follow him on twitter @Morris_Gberg.

Mike Minio – Featured Blogger

Mike Minio works as a paralegal at American Transit Insurance Company in Brooklyn, NY.  He graduated from Villanova University in 2013, double majoring in History and Humanities.  That summer, he worked for the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League as their Director of Baseball Operations.  He hopes one day to pursue a career in baseball operations.  Mike is also a writer at www.summerbaseballinsider.com, and is responsible for their top-25 lists and other featured articles.  He can be reached at michael.minio90@gmail.com.

Daniel Schoenfeld – Featured Blogger

Daniel Schoenfeld is a senior in high school in Evanston, Illinois. He plans on studying business economics while pitching in college next year. Ever since he read Scout’s Honor: The Bravest Way To Building a Winning Team, he has yearned to work in baseball operations. He is interested in scouting and statistical analysis, and hopes to use Batting Leadoff as a platform to break into the industry. He’s currently working on a large scale project detailing the indicative factors involved in injury projection of pitchers and is always willing to learn and share. Contact him at dschon711@aol.com and follow him @DanielSchoe

Hudson Belinsky – Contributor 

Hudson Belinsky is a junior at Cornell University, where he majors in Communication with an outside focus in Japanese. Hudson has contributed to Baseball Prospectus, ESPN.com, Prospect Insider, WEEI.com, and HalosDaily.com, his Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) blog. Hudson’s primary interests in baseball are scouting and player development, but he is also very interested in contract and trade negotiation, Pitch F/X, and large scale baseball data structures. Hudson began scouting minor league and amateur players during his senior year of high school, and has scouted many of the top players in each of the past several draft classes. In addition to baseball operations skills, Hudson bring plus-plus raw handsomeness to the table. He can be reached at halosdaily@gmail.com or be followed on Twitter at @hudsonbelinsky.

Francesco Padulo – Contributor

Francesco Padulo is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University where he is majoring in Economics. He is also a middle infielder for the varsity baseball team at Cornell. Francesco hails from Southern California, but he is a lifelong Yankees fan. He hopes to pursue a career in baseball operations when his playing days are up. Contact Francesco at fep23@cornell.edu.

Jesse Sherman – Editor

Jesse is a junior in Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a co-founder of the Big Red Sports Network, Vice President of Cornell At Bat, and an avid fan of the New York Yankees since 1998. Jesse was one of the two Cornell broadcasters to travel to UNC-Chapel Hill to call the Big Red’s first NCAA regional games since 1977. Jesse has edited and written for the ILR Sports Business Society magazine “Sports Inc.” since Spring 2012.

Contact Jesse by emailing him at jws328@cornell.edu 

Adam Kirsch – Editor 

Adam Kirsch currently serves as an Editor for Batting Leadoff. He is a student in the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he is Co-President of the Sports Business Society. In addition to his involvement with the Society, he is a broadcaster and the Director of Special Projects for Big Red Sports Network, a student organization delivering coverage of NCAA Division I varsity sports.  He is originally from Bergen County, NJ.

Contact Adam by emailing him at ajk266@cornell.edu

James Goldstein – Advisor/Editor 

James is an undergraduate student at New York University, where he is a sports management major with a focus on statistics and data analysis. He has developed a football projection model that he uses to regularly contribute to RotoViz.com, a site dedicated to advanced fantasy football data visualization. James is an intern at Football Outsiders and in March 2013, was a member of the winning team at the SABR Analytics Diamond Dollar Case Competition. In addition, he runs both cross country and track and field at NYU. He is originally from Southern California.

Misha Dworken – Business Advisor 

Misha Dworken started the Sarasota Baseball Group as a holding company to purchase equity in the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks and Torrington Titans and has since expanded the company to include summer collegiate baseball’s most heavily trafficked blog SBI (summer baseball Insider).  SBG also runs professional baseball tryouts throughout the northeast during the spring and summer months.

In 2012, Dworken was named field manager for the Torrington Titans, while with the Titans Dworken compiled a 56-55 record, reaching the playoffs in 2012. Starting in 2014, Misha will be an active owner with the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. Dworken will be running all Sharks kids camps, heading up the new Sharks club membership program and debuting the new MV Sharks oyster bar.

He also currently serves as a manager/lead instructor at the Extra Innings Baseball Facility in Sarasota, Florida.  At Extra Innings, Dworken is tasked with training some of the best young professional and collegiate talent in Florida’s Southwest Coast.  Extra Innings has produced 1st round talent such as Casey Kelly (San Diego Padres), Bobby Seay (Detroit Tigers/Tampa Bay Rays), and Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals) among many others. In 2001, He signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros and went on to play from 2002 through 2008 at a myriad of stops including the New Jersey Jackals, St. Paul Saints, Atlantic City Surf, and New Haven Ravens. Misha earned a nod as an All-Star of the Northeast League in 2002.

 

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