Kirk McKnight

Kirk McKnight is an American author specializing in interview based sports books. McKnight's book, The Voices of Baseball: The Game's Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America's Pastime, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book showcases material from interviews with baseball's biggest broadcasters, including Vin Scully, Marty Brennaman, Jon Miller, and Howie Rose.

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Tonight, We Are The Greatest Baseball Team In The World

An article by posted on 15/10/2015 0 Comments
Tonight, We Are The Greatest Baseball Team In The World

Looking back on all my interviews preparing the book The Voices of Baseball, one particular memory would apply to tonight’s game in Dodger Stadium. Dave Wills of the Tampa Bay Rays, on the morning of Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, noticed his broadcast partner, Andy Freed feeling a bit melancholy, knowing they were playing […]

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The Voices of Baseball: Hey Mets Fans in the Cincinnati Area!

An article by posted on 24/09/2015 0 Comments
The Voices of Baseball: Hey Mets Fans in the Cincinnati Area!

Hey all you Mets fans out in Cincinnati, OH. Planning on going to the weekend series at Great American Ball Park? If so, stop in at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum on September 26th at 1:00 PM for my book signing! The Voices of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America’s Pastime […]

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There’s Something Amazin’ Going On In New York This Summer

An article by posted on 19/09/2015 0 Comments
There’s Something Amazin’ Going On In New York This Summer

I’ve written about the New York dynamic and the bitterness it tends to spur from Mets/Jets/Islanders crowd towards the Yankees/Giants/Rangers crowd in two different books now. It’s been going on forever. Howie Rose told me in two different interviews about the difference in recognition, credit, comparison, and pretty much everything else when it comes to […]

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An MMO Original: A Mets Well-Armed Attack Is Looming

An article by posted on 04/08/2015 0 Comments
An MMO Original: A Mets Well-Armed Attack Is Looming

Wanna know how to make a statement? Reclaim the division lead in four short days via the long ball, defense, excellent starting pitching, and perhaps the wildest 11th hour trade deadline activity since the last time the Mets made it to the Series in 2000. What moves. What talent. What precision. I know it’s not […]

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Red, White & Dodger Blue

An article by posted on 04/07/2015 0 Comments
Red, White & Dodger Blue

How about a Norse analogy for the celebration of our own nation’s independence? Noah “Thor” Syndergaard goes into the belly of the beast, Dodger Stadium itself, and matches arguably the greatest pitcher in the league over the past three years. T’was no rainbow bridge in this tale. Just one of the visitor unfriendliest venues in […]

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Citi Can’t Hold ‘Em All

An article by posted on 31/05/2015 0 Comments
Citi Can’t Hold ‘Em All

When I spoke with hall of fame broadcaster for the Miami Marlins, Dave Van Horne, he commented, “Some of the more exceptional hitters like the Marlins own Giancarlo Stanton can make any park look small.” Mr. Van Horne was referencing his team’s home of Marlins Park, which, by MLB’s standards, is as pitcher friendly as […]

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Fair’s Fair, Except When It’s Unfair

An article by posted on 24/05/2015 0 Comments
Fair’s Fair, Except When It’s Unfair

Perhaps one of the “fairest” ballparks in Major League Baseball (not to mention the most beautiful), PNC Park in Pittsburgh has seemed a little biased against the visiting Mets these past two games. Even Matt Harvey seemed a little “penetrable” with his back to the Allegheny on Saturday. The test, I believe, the Mets will […]

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Bleacher Creatures Aren’t Just In New York

An article by posted on 13/05/2015 0 Comments
Bleacher Creatures Aren’t Just In New York

What is with all these night games, Cubbies? I thought it was an actual city ordinance that you can only have a certain amount of them in a week. Are the extra bleachers corralling the sound and not letting it escape into those Chicago neighborhoods? Old Kauffman Stadium, before the 200+ million dollar renovation, had […]

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Mets Not Just Talking Big, They’re Winning Big

An article by posted on 11/05/2015 0 Comments
Mets Not Just Talking Big, They’re Winning Big

If there’s anything I’ve learned from speaking with broadcasters from every single MLB team, it’s the difference between pitcher friendly and hitter friendly. The National League East is home to not only 2 of the 3 pitcher friendliest parks but arguably the hitter friendliest as well. Citi Field and Citizens Bank Park are polar opposites […]

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Colon Has Been A Godsend For The Mets

An article by posted on 06/05/2015 0 Comments
Colon Has Been A Godsend For The Mets

Bartolo Colon just gets it, doesn’t he? After all those years wearing an Angels, Yankees, Indians, Expos, White Sox, Red Sox and A’s uniforms, he’s certainly learned the formula for success. Or as Terry Collins puts it, he’s learned to be brave, fearlessly attacking the strike zone and daring hitters to take their best shots. […]

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