Off the Bench is exactly what the subtitle says it is: A Mostly Baseball Blog. We try to publish daily concerning the goings on in the baseball world. When there is less going on than usual, our contributors sometimes branch into other sports–sometimes they depart from sports altogether. We’ve been known to delve into the likes of fantasy football, the tyranny of the NCAA, and even politics. But mostly, we cover all things baseball.
We started in the college dorm room of two NCAA baseball players who had no idea what they were doing, and have grown from there. Whether or not we know what we’re doing now is up for debate, but you can listen to our Off The Bench Radio Interview for the full story.
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Daniel R. Epstein
Off The Bench’s Oddball Crew
Sean is a former outfielder for the Vassar College Brewers, a Division III program in upstate New York. After the Brewers, Sean shifted focus from attempting to dominate the blog and D3 opponents to attempting to dominate international baseball as he became the head coach and number 2 hitter for the Erbach Grasshoppers, a semi-professional team competing in Germany’s Regionalliga Südwest.
Sean’s commentary usually errs on the side of the statistical analysis. He has developed his own sabermetric, revised it, and then developed another one. And he does offer more general opinion pieces as well.
Sean’s “real world” career is as an electric power research consultant in grid modernization, based in Knoxville, TN.
His work in renewable energy examines the political, regulatory, engineering factors associated with the advancement of modern electricity technologies.
Max was a back to back state champion in high school baseball at Mamaroneck High School before becoming a pitcher at Vassar College in New York. He is currently an outfielder and number 2 hitter on a variety of beer league softball teams in and around the Washington, DC area.
Max was a Political Science major at Vassar and after graduating worked as a 5th and 6th grade Science and Social Studies teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of Teach for America. After as stint working on climate change issues at World Resources Institute, a global environmental non-profit, Max is now a Legislative Assistant for a member of Congress covering energy, environment, transportation, and housing issues, among others. When it comes to baseball, Max focuses on opinion, analysis, and observation more heavily than statistical studies. He is more than willing to talk baseball, any time and any place.
Questions or comments can be sent to max(AT)offthebenchbaseball.com. Follow him on twitter at @otbb_max
Ari is a Red Sox fan, born and raised within view of the Fenway lights. He shared the field with Sean and Max during his senior season, their freshman campaign, at Vassar College. For the Brewers, Ari batted third and played a different position each of his four years– beginning behind the plate, moving to the keystone, shortstop as a junior, and was finally relegated to left field in his final go around. He holds Vassar’s career triples record, and better players continue to bump him off various top ten lists. After Vassar, Ari won his first championship since little league playing shortstop for the BreakThrough Bandits of the Cairns Baseball League in Queensland, Australia, and though the dream has long since died, he continues to chase its ghost with the Brighton Braves of the Yawkey Baseball League.
Ari edits the Off The Bench for content and copy, and adds opinion pieces when the mood strikes.
Daniel R. Epstein is an elementary special education teacher in New Jersey and president of the Somerset County Education Association. He is also a political organizer, drummer, and general louse. Currently, he is torn between writing his bio in first person or third, but appears to have decided on the latter. In addition to Off the Bench, In addition to Off the Bench, he writes about the Yankees at BP-Bronx, and he has contributed to The Hardball Times, Banished to the Pen, and Call to the Pen. Follow him @depstein1983 on Twitter.
We also take posts from various friends, family, and internet strangers with good ideas. Some of our folks who contribute regularly didn’t turn in a headshot or bio, so they get called oddballs, too. If you’ve got a good idea, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could end up here too!
It’s a very inexact science how one goes from Oddball Crew to full-tilt contributor, but there are rules.
Aspiring Sports Writer, life long Nats Fan.
Trey is a former pitcher from New Mexico State University. He is a big Arizona Diamondbacks fan with an obvious passion for the sport of baseball. Trey created All Sports Best which now has a radio show, podcast, blog, and its own website. He would love to answer any questions or chat with sports fans like himself. Make sure to give AllSportsBest.com a visit!
Mike is a Red Sox fan from Thomaston, Connecticut. He’s currently a junior at UConn studying communication, but also has a passion for journalism. He was a two-time All-State shortstop for Thomaston High School, and finished his career as the program’s all-time hits leader. Mike continued playing at the Division II level, as a middle infielder at UConn’s Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut. During the summer, Mike spends his time instructing youth baseball players, and became the head coach of a 13U AAU team, winning a league championship in his first season at the helm. When it comes to writing, he will use statistics when necessary, but tries to not let them clutter his work. He will cover just about any topic, and loves to hear what others have to say about his writing. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeMilius.