SABR member Gleeman finds success as innovative baseball blogger

From Ben Johnson at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on May 29, 2013, with mention of SABR members Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes:

Aaron Gleeman was rejected by the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s prestigious student newspaper, nine times before dropping out of college, so it was “a little weird,” he said, when he was invited back to campus in October to speak to a sports journalism class made up mostly of Daily sports staffers.

“The only really helpful advice I had for [the students] was to do everything,” he said. “Learn how to read a teleprompter, go learn how to shoot video, learn how to edit audio and go do a podcast … because I’m such a good example of that. The thing I thought I was going to do, I’ve literally never done once, and some of the stuff I’ve been most successful at, I didn’t even know what it was when I first started doing it.”

The 30-year-old Minnetonka writer stands out as one of the first sports writers to independently cultivate a massive audience online. He founded his website,, on Aug. 1, 2002, and it will soon surpass 10 million unique visitors. He’s also approaching the 100th episode on a podcast he co-hosts with fellow Twins blogger John Bonnes. The podcast, called “Gleeman and the Geek,” averages 10,000 to 12,000 downloads per episode and has spawned an hourlong radio show on Sunday afternoons on the sports talk station KFAN 100.3.

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Originally published: May 29, 2013. Last Updated: May 29, 2013.