The Lineup

A UK-based baseball blog and podcast run by a bunch of enthusiasts who prefer grey trousers to sleep patterns. As the name suggests, we’re more about the stories and the drama than the tradition.


John McGee
Sports-mad Northerner who is proof that confidence and bluster will always trump knowledge. Liable to go off on tangents about baseball in Taiwan, Carlisle United, indy ball no-hitters and political philosophy. Likes Koji Uehara. A lot.

Contact John on Twitter @epouvantail or by email

Tom Pringle
Tom is married with two young children. A Royal Air Force Aircrewman, a failed footballer, golfer, cricketer, cyclist and basketball player. A Padres fan who likes to talk about all elements of baseball is an idiot. Has watched a baseball game from a hotel rooftop bar in San Diego.

Contact Tom on Twitter @PedroiasFace or by email

Darius Austin
Darius is mostly on the podcast to talk about stats and make sure everyone knows how good Matt Chapman is. He writes for the fantasy team and updates the depth charts at Baseball Prospectus. He also contributes at Banished to the Pen and Friends With Fantasy Benefits.

Contact Darius on Twitter @DariusA64 or by email

Ben Carter
A long-suffering Rockies (or is it Mets?) fan who serves as the token ‘youth’ representative on the pod, Ben both plays and talks about baseball at a refreshingly mediocre level. Once threw out the first pitch at a Tigers game (it was a strike, he swears).

Contact Ben on Twitter @ukbaseballben or by email


Russell Eassom
An ardent follower of many sports, with his passion for baseball stoked by sabermetrics. Russell is a Guardians fan and uses his skills learnt as a data scientist to investigate the analytical side of baseball.

Follow Russell on Twitter @REassom

Rachel Steinberg
Rachel believes destiny made her travel-sized (#HDMH!). The Canadian and former Little League umpire graduated university in Yankee Stadium. She’s lived in six cities in three countries and has travelled to all seven continents. She wore this Bautista jersey on six of them.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @rae_steinberg

Rob Noverraz
Brighton-born and Reading-raised Rays fan, Rob once shamelessly hid amongst children at the Trop in order to get Logan Morrison to sign his hat.

Follow Rob on Twitter @RobNoverraz


Gav (Tramps like us)
Oxymoronic shy attention-seeker. Gav is a part-time runner, part-time musician, part-time writer, part-time Cincinnati Reds fan, and part-time foodbank volunteer.

Follow Gav on Twitter @GavTramps

Ash Day
San Francisco Giants correspondent

A baseball writer since 2013 and one-half of the Flyball To The Moon podcast, Ash roots for and writes about his beloved San Francisco Giants. He also plays for Bristol Baseball, where he does his best Brandon Crawford impersonation (just without the flowing hair).

Follow Ash on Twitter @AshDay29

Brett Walker
Oakland A’s correspondent

Lover of American sports. When not travelling to America to take in said sports live, A’s fan Brett’s, free time is spent also being a complete film geek.

Follow Brett on Twitter @BrettChatsSport

Sean Guest
Chicago Cubs correspondent

Long-suffering Cubs fan who has followed the team through three eras of varying success. He owns what he likes to think is the largest collection of Cubs memorabilia in the UK and will never tire of telling people that he was in Wrigleyville the night the team beat the Dodgers to win the pennant and advance to the 2016 World Series.

Follow Sean on Twitter @SW_Guest

Tomi Korkeamäki
Miami Marlins correspondent

Our Finnish superstar. Tomi is physically at the outer borders of Europe but mentally in Miami. Perhaps the second most optimistic Miami Marlins fan in Europe. In his free time, his goal is to make Finland a baseball society. A collector of dad jokes.

Follow Tomi on Twitter @TKorkeamaki

Joshua Edwards
Mets correspondent

Met fan and baseball history buff with a penchant for listening to games on the radio whilst driving aimlessly round South London.

Follow Josh on Twitter @Joshwa_1990

Jennifer Annely
St Louis Cardinals correspondent

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferBarnes8

Nick Wright
Los Angeles Angels correspondent

Sleep-deprived Angels fan, co-host of Halfway Around the Halo pod, and a key member of MLB UK Community

Follow Nick on Twitter @LAAngelsUK

Richard Banks
Boston Red Sox correspondent

A retired boxer, Rich now spends his days thinking about Tottenham Hotspur and his nights dreaming of Fenway Park. Once took a Hanley Ramirez foul ball off the shoulder. A 162 guy.

Follow Richard on Twitter @Gloveislife

Mark Strange
College Baseball correspondent

Tampa Bay Rays fan, Mark was hooked after a Rays v Yankees game on a family holiday. His passion and interest in the college game have grown over the years, and he is now the Bat Flips & Nerds resident expert.

Follow Mark on Twitter @realmarkstrange

Sander Grasman
Kansas City Royals correspondent

Multi-sport, multi-talented, multi-lingual, Dutch-born Sander’s love of baseball is matched by his love of language. Vice-chairman of the Dutch Fred McGriff fan club

Follow Sander on Twitter @GrasmanSD

Stefan ‘Bamos’ Appleby
Seattle Mariners correspondent

Bamos has two huge sporting loves: Seattle Mariners and Non-League football. He’s even written a book about the latter, which he dedicated to the man who first prompted his Mariners fascination, Mike Zunino. He also likes darts and his wife and child but let’s be honest, they’re no Julio Rodriguez are they?

Follow Bamos on Twitter & Instagram @AppleBamos

Freddie Law-Keen
Los Angeles Dodgers correspondent

An Arsenal fan born too late to remember the Invincibles. A Lakers fan born too late to remember the Kobe and Shaq era. A Dodgers fan who has watched the team grow into a National League dynasty and somehow end every year as the punchline of the joke.

Follow Freddie on Twitter @FLK_Sports

Matt O’Brien
Arizona Diamondbacks correspondent

A fan of pretty much every sport under the sun, Matt discovered baseball just prior to the pandemic-shortened season and quickly fell in love with the sport. Thanks to discovering a tenuous family link to the DBacks, his allegiance was settled.

Follow Matt on Twitter @DiamondbacksUK

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