About Matt’s Bats

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The website “Matt’s Bats” was started in July 2012 as a way to get Matt, an elementary school-age kid, interested in writing and teach him about the hard work that goes into a career in journalism.

I’m Matt, a twelve year old kid from the suburbs of the nation’s capital!  I love baseball and have been writing a blog called Matt’s Bats (http://www.mattsbats.com) since July 2012I am a huge fan of baseball, especially the Washington Nationals.  Yes, I write all my posts by myself, but my parents, who we call my “Editors in Chief,” edit everything with me.  They also help me post on Twitter at @MattsBats.

I have had some great  experiences as a baseball writer, like going behind the scenes at several ballparks (like Nationals Park, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Marlins Park, PNC Park, Safeco Field, Petco Park, and Orioles Park at Camden Yards….), making friends with some of the players and broadcasters, interviewing interesting people, and getting to know a lot of other Nationals super-fans.

  In August 2013, MLB Advanced Media invited me to become the youngest professional blogger on the MLBlogs NetworkAfter my first year, I was ranked in the Top 100 MLB Pro Blogs based on traffic.

Top 100 MLB.com Pro Blog in 2013

In September 2014, The Sporting News named me to their “Must Follow Twitter List” for the 2014 MLB Playoffs.

For the 2015 baseball season, I was invited to be a guest blogger for MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network), the official TV broadcast network of the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.  I write a weekly post for the Nationals Buzz section of the MASNsports.com website.

In July 2015, I covered the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards from the red carpet in Los Angeles, CA

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In November 2015, I was invited to the White House as part of the press corps coverage of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony, honoring Willie Mays and Yogi Berra. In July 2016, I was invited back to the White House as press for the ceremony honoring the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

 

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Through Matt’s Bats, I have had lots of amazing experiences that have made me want to be a professional journalist like:

  Several TV and Radio interviews, both live and taped for broadcast

Fox DCLive TV Interview on FOX DC

2014-10-03 Fox5Live TV interview before Nationals 2014 Playoffs

Promotional video for Newseum

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Print Interviews

MLB.comMLB.com Interview

Social Media

JeterFacebookDerek Jeter’s Facebook

Verlander

Justin Verlander

I have also conducted interviews of my own with sports figures from every major sports league (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and professional broadcasters, including:

Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg

 

 

 

 

Eric Hosmer (at White House)

Eric Hosmer (at White House)

Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy

2013-11-17 storen interview

Drew Storen

Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos

IMG_5416Darren O’Day

Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus

Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus

I have also used my website and Twitter to raise money and awareness for charities that are important to me.  In 2013 and 2014, I raised more than $15,000.

I have also begun reviewing and “endorsing” products, including books, apparel and athletic equipment, that are geared towards sports fans (particularly baseball) and kids.  I publish an annual Holiday Gift Guide for Kids with editorial content and sponsored placements.

Please Contact Us if you are interested in learning more about Matt’s involvement in any of the above.

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