About Michael Echan

I’m your typical failed athlete-turned sports writer: tried to make it on a D-1 baseball program in Philadelphia, but a lack of talent, strength and two shoulder surgeries got in the way. Thankfully, though, it turned out that I could actually put together a few coherent sentences in a row, especially when it came to baseball. In 2005, I won the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s best college sports writer award, becoming only the third non-UPenn winner in the past 23 years.

In my first go-around with MLB.com, I covered the Minor Leagues for MiLB.com from 2005 to 2008. There, I gained a better understanding of the whole process that goes into creating and refining a professional baseball player. It was also at MiLB.com where I was exposed for the first time to the incredible wealth of statistics and information regarding the game. Since then, I have developed into a bit of an amalgam of a baseball fan/writer: one part of me being an amateur sabermetrics follower, seeing the value and power of statistics, while another part of me cherishes the human element of the game; gut instincts, defying “conventional wisdom,” clutch situations and all the other intangibles.

Now I ply my trade for MLB.com’s fantasy department. This allows me to get my number-crunching fix while (hopefully) giving me an advantage over my friends in my main fantasy league.

Interests

All things baseball, football, photography, hapkido (a martial art similar to taekwondo), weight lifting & running, The Wire (only the greatest show EVER made), craft beer, heavy metal (think Metallica, Godsmack, Disturbed, Megadeth, Sevendust…)

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