Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Nyit Newsbeat

Thursday, May 16, 2019

How a retired major leaguer and ex-ESPN reporter transformed a DII baseball program

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The Frank Catalanotto era of NYIT baseball started with a Twitter DM.

But first we have to go back to 2010. Catalanotto, who was drafted out of Smithtown High School on Long Island and played 14 years in the majors, spent the last few months of his career with his hometown New York Mets. There, he met ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin and followed him on Twitter. By the All-Star break, Catalanotto was out of baseball, retiring with a .291/.357/.445 slash line and $22 million in career earnings. Rubin, meanwhile, was amassing one of the largest followings in sports media with his thorough coverage of Mets minutiae.

It was a relentless job, and after 15 years on the beat, Rubin was already burned out and looking for something else when ESPN declined to renew his contract in 2017. He decided to leave journalism altogether but stay in sports, becoming the assistant athletic director for strategic communications at the New York Institute of Technology, a small school known for its emphasis on applied scientific research.

It’s a fancy title for what is in fact a one-man media and media relations department. Rubin is the school’s SID, but he also runs the HDMI cables to the center field camera before each baseball game, and takes photos of the graduating members of the team and their family for Senior Day, and writes recaps for each game, and profiles for each player, and does this all for 17 sports.

For those among you interested in the college game.

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam rubin, college baseball, frank catalanotto, nyit

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sebastian
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (May 2019)
(616 - 11:33am, May 20)
Last: Zonk Totally Exonerated by Total BS

NewsblogMickey Callaway's greatest sin: Telling Mets GM what he wants to hear
(7 - 11:33am, May 20)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogOT - NBA thread (Playoffs through off-season)
(1980 - 11:32am, May 20)
Last: Der-K: at 10% emotional investment

NewsblogRobinson Cano blames scoreboard error for not running out a double-play grounder
(19 - 11:31am, May 20)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2019
(9 - 11:30am, May 20)
Last: Itchy Row

NewsblogFormer Red Sox closer Koji Uehara decides to retire from professional baseball | WEEI
(1 - 11:23am, May 20)
Last: Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch)

NewsblogMoney and Modern Strategy: How the Depleted Yankees Kept Winning
(20 - 10:57am, May 20)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Gonfalon CubsThat was fun
(120 - 10:34am, May 20)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogBruce Markusen: #CARDCORNER: 1979 TOPPS GENE TENACE
(11 - 10:18am, May 20)
Last: .

NewsblogPennsylvania Mobile Sports Betting Will Bring Wagers Inside MLB Ballparks
(7 - 9:52am, May 20)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

NewsblogJudge gives Miguel Cabrera break on child support, but affair cost Tigers star millions
(3 - 9:09am, May 20)
Last: Itchy Row

NewsblogAngels block Dodgers’ attempt at doing something cool
(13 - 2:57am, May 20)
Last: akrasian

NewsblogOMNICHATTER! for the weekend of May 18-19, 2019
(98 - 10:31pm, May 19)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogPadres set MLB record as no-hitter drought reaches 8,020 games
(16 - 9:46pm, May 19)
Last: bobm

NewsblogIan Kinsler shouts f-bombs at hometown fans
(24 - 7:30pm, May 19)
Last: Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle

Page rendered in 0.7923 seconds
44 querie(s) executed