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Baseball Digest
EditorRick Cerrone (May 2018)
Frequency6 per year
First issueAugust 1942
CompanyGrandstand Publishing, LLC
CountryUnited States
Based inOrlando, Florida
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.baseballdigest.com
ISSN0005-609X

Baseball Digest is a baseball magazine resource, published in Orlando, Florida by Grandstand Publishing, LLC. It is the longest-running baseball magazine in the world.

History and profile

It was created by Herbert F. Simons, a sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Times, in 1942. Simons first published the magazine in August 1942,[1] and served as its editor-in-chief until 1963. In 1981, Joan Whaley was published as its first female contributor.

After publishing on a 9 or 12 issues per-year schedule, in 2009 it scaled back to six with National and American League schedules, directories, pre-season rosters, insights on Major League Baseball history, and one-on-one player interviews, such as in the iconic "Game I'll Never Forget" feature.

In March 2012, Baseball Digest merged with professional scouting service ProScouts LLC.[2] This merger brought together Baseball Digest's expertise in fan-level publishing with ProScouting’s depth of professional scouting experience just in time for Baseball Digest's 70th Anniversary issue September 4, 2012. The relaunch included major changes to the magazine's format including being published in full-color for the first time, nearly double the editorial content including professional scouting reports by veteran MLB scouts, and a significant increase in newsstand availability.

Other current features include batting, pitching and fielding statistics, a "fans speak out" letters section, player profiles, trivia questions in a Quick Quiz, previews, rules review, a crossword puzzle, and analysis of upcoming prospects. In addition, Baseball Digest has been providing season-ending awards for decades: Baseball Digest Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Rookie of the Year, plus annually presents its All-Star rookie team award.

In May 2018, Rick Cerrone, former Public Relations Director with the New York Yankees (and not to be confused with the Yankees catcher of a similar name), became the fourth editor in the iconic magazine's history. Cerrone was tasked with 're-imagining the publication from the ground up beginning with the September/October issue of 2018. [3] Starting with the January/February 2019 issue, the publication upgraded to a heavier paper stock and increased the number of pages published.

Grandstand Publishing, LLC, announced July 4, 2019, the introduction of BaseballDigestArchive.com,[4] a web-based subscription service that provides users the opportunity to read, search and explore every issue of Baseball Digest ever published -- more than 800 issues, 64,000 pages, and 77,000 features in total. Subscribers can search for events they read years ago, research favorite players and teams, discover scouting reports on many of the greats, or read player-written content like the iconic Game I’ll Never Forget collection or Babe Ruth’s Favorite Stories, all in one place.

In May 2021, ProScouts LLC, headed by entrepreneur David Fagley, purchased the remaining outstanding shares held by long-time Publisher Norman Jacobs, who remains on as Publisher Emeritus. [5]

Baseball Digest Player of the Year

Baseball Digest Pitcher of the Year

See also

References

  1. ^ "List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time". Sporty Ghost. March 3, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Mr Magazine
  3. ^ With the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Baseball Digest, former New York Yankees Public Relations Director Rick Cerrone has become only the fourth editor in the history of the magazine and has taken editorial originality to a new level.
  4. ^ BaseballDigestArchive.com
  5. ^ Baseball Digest gets new owner — its third in 79 years