Doug Glanville

Doug Glanville

Doug Glanville played outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he wrote the online column “Heading Home” for The New York Times and provided baseball analysis for XM Radio's MLB Power Alley. In the spring of 2010 he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, contributing to Baseball Tonight, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine. He serves on the executive board of Athletes Against Drugs, the fundraising committee for Boundless Readers, and advises high school student athletes as a special consultant to the Baseball Factory. Glanville grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family in Chicago.


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Q & A

Where are you from?
Teaneck, NJ

Who are your favorite writers?
Crichton (Jurassic Park), Paolo Coelho (Alchemist), Ellison (Invisible Man), VS Naipaul (Miguel Street), Muhammad Yunus (Banker to the Poor)

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
My father’s collection of poems—see #2 also

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Play piano, homebuilding, development, reading, videogaming

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Short cuts lead to long cuts”

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Who is the toughest pitcher I ever faced? Randy Johnson
Runners Up: Tom Glavine, Kevin Brown

What inspired you to write your first book?
The passion of the readers of my column; the response has been wonderful

Where do you write?
At home. All over the house. Can write anywhere. Love to do it.



An insider's revealing look at the hidden world of major league baseballDoug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big...