Newspaper guy, Central Florida who posts mostly about politics and local news, but dabbles a bit in the hashtag arts, jazz and the Chicago White Sox.

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A creature built on daily deadlines for 25 years. Last 15 with The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida. Current assignment: Politics. Previous stints at papers in Michigan and Indiana, including starting at The LaPorte Herald-Argus, same paper where Ernie Pyle got his start. Was only two-time e...

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4/4 But my favorite has to be Neil "Mickey" Finn, a Prohibition-era infielder with the Brooklyn Robins and Philadelphia Phillies. While his career wasn't exactly a knockout, -0.4 career WAR, he finished 19th in 1931 MVP balloting despite hitting just .274 with 0 HR and 45 RBI.
3/4 The only one I can find who played for the #WhiteSox is Mickey Haefner, a pitcher who went 5-12 with a 5.01 ERA in 1949-50.
2/4 And in case you're wondering, there have been at least 47 men named "Mickey" who've played. Three (Welch, Cochrane, Mantle) were Hall-of-Famers, while a number of others, including Morandini, Tettleton, Vernon, were All-Stars.
1/4 If Micker Adolfo makes it to the big leagues, and he's projected as a strong-armed RF with power, he becomes the first #Micker in MLB history, bringing with him a whole built-in fan club concept, the Micker Ticker.
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What was your first job as a journalist?

Chief reporter, The Ball State Daily News.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

The quick fox jumps over the lazy dog.

How is social media changing news?

Despite promises to connect, I fear it's driving us into corners.