Contributor guidelines

We are very excited that you are considering writing an article for us. We get tremendous enjoyment from producing content for the website, so we hope you will, too.

Here are a few pointers…

  • Aim for 500-1,000 words.
  • Double-check spelling – especially player names. We have a team of editors to correct errors, but you don’t want them to spot a sloppy typo.
  • Do not plagiarise: We want your own thoughts and opinions.
  • Let your personality shine: Avoid boring game reviews; give the readers something interesting.
  • Fact check: Double-check your data.

Template for MY FAVOURITE PLAYER
1. Why [insert name]?
2. What’s your earliest memory of watching him play?
3. Tell us about your favourite [insert name] moment.
4. Do you own any [insert name] merchandise?
5. What’s your favourite highlight?

Template for FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS
Short, snappy article. It can be just five headings and five paragraphs if you want

Template for HOW I GOT INTO BASEBALL / HOW I PICKED MY TEAM
Let your creative juices run wild. Whether it is how you started playing baseball or when you started watching it, or your wacky origin story about how you became a fan of your team, we are sure to love it.

ANY OTHER TOPIC
Basically, if it is baseball-related, then it works. Obviously, if you’re going to try to slip in links to a betting site or crypto, then that’s a big no-no. But tell us about your frustration at not getting MLB Network, or vent at the price of MLB London Series tickets, or applaud Steve Cohen for his masterful offseason moves, or enthral us with your passion of baseball cards, or tell us about away day journeys with your local baseball team or explain why Vegas is a better home for the Athletics than Oakland, or wax lyrically about your favourite highlight of the season. Really, anything you want.

SUBMISSION
We strongly recommend that you write your article in Word/Google Docs and then copy and paste it into the box on the submission form.

BAT FLIPS & NERDS STYLE GUIDE (for repeat/advanced contributors)
All baseball articles on MLB.com, the BBC website, The Athletic, ESPN or Bat Flips & Nerds follow roughly the same guidelines to ensure consistency. If you are interested, you can check out the Bat Flips & Nerds style guide

WORDPRESS GUIDANCE (for repeat/advanced contributors)
Information on how to upload your article directly onto the website