Frequently Asked Questions
- Who the hell are you, and where the hell did you come from?
- Sounds like you’ve got a great job. How do I get one like it?
- Do you write anywhere other than SBNation.com?
- Why is Feeding the Green Monster an e-book?
- Working on anything now?
- What happened to Rob & Rany on the Royals?
- Who is Scribbly Tate?
My name is Rob Neyer, and I am the National Baseball Editor for SB Nation. From 1996 until 2011 — for almost 15 years — I wrote about baseball for ESPN.com, and in that time published more words than anyone else on the site. Before that I was with STATS, Inc. for two-and-a-half years, and before that I spent four years working with baseball author Bill James (and before that I didn’t do anything worth mentioning).
The short answer is, “Watch a lot of baseball, read a lot of good writing, and get real lucky.” The long answer can be found in a separate article, The Best Job in the World. And the best answer is, “I can give you no prescription for this career.”
Not often. Except for the books, and the last of those (so far) was published a few years ago.
My editor at Random House hated the manuscript that I turned in, and refused to publish it. A few other publishers had some interest in the book, but they all wanted to delay publication until the spring of 2002, which would have required a fair amount of reworking the material. My goal, on the other hand, was to get the book out as quickly as possible, and publishing as an e-book turned out to be the only way to do that. For those of you interested in the grisly details, I wrote this essay.
I’ve started one book and have another half-dozen in my head, but not really anything I can talk about yet. Thanks for asking, though!
It was just time for me to stop. I’m grateful to all the Royals fans who dropped by every so often to see if Rany Jazayerli and I had written anything new, but too often the answer was no, we hadn’t. And when we had, it usually included me writing yet again that the Royals were stupid and weren’t ever going to win anything again. Which got tiresome for me and must have been the same for some of you. Anyway, Rany’s ranyontheroyals fills any (non-cynical) gap that was left when I retired.
Scribbly Tate is a veteran baseball and sports writer who covered the Yankees for a long-defunct New York daily in the early part of his career.
Born Scrippo Hazmaty in Budapest, Hungary, Tate moved with his family to Vienna, the capital of the Hapsburg Empire, soon thereafter. Scribbly arrived in the United States in 1920, under complex circumstances. He soon quit school to begin work as a copyboy at the New York Loyal Citizen, gravitated to sports writing, and served as New York Yankees beat man for over twenty years, until the time of the paper’s closing in the late 1940s. He served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. In addition to his beat writing, Scribbly has ghost-written player autobiographies, and written baseball fiction for boys, magazine articles, the popular “Where the Hell Are They At?” series on old ballplayers, and many, many bad checks.
He currently resides in New York City.