Created on August 9, 2007 by Bill Baer, “Crashburn Alley” is a Philadelphia Phillies blog. The name is a play off of Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park, named after “Whitey,” one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes ever. The Wall of Fame at Ashburn Alley details the long history of the Phillies franchise from the many low points through the more recent high points.
Most of the posts found at Crashburn Alley are riddled with statistics and charts in the quest for objectivity.
Eric Chesterton is currently the editor-in-chief. Please contact him for any site-related inquiries.
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Bill Baer, Owner and Creator
- Author, “100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” via Triumph Books.
- Blogger at HardballTalk on NBC Sports (March 2013 to present).
- Contributor to Rotoworld on NBC Sports (December 2013 to February 2016) and the Rotoworld Draft Guide (web/print).
- Contributor to the Baseball Prospectus 2014 annual (print).
- Co-host, “Stathead” on Phillies 24/7 HD Radio, 98.1 WOGL HD-4 (April 2011 to October 2011)
- Author, Baseball Prospectus (March 2010 to August 2011)
- Partner, ESPN SweetSpot blog network (October 2009 to May 2013)
- Author, Baseball Daily Digest (April 2008 to June 2010)
- Phillies representative for Heater Magazine (February 2009 to October 2010)
- Contributed to The Hardball Times (web), the Graphical Player 2011 (print), and the Maple Street Press Phillies Annual 2011 (print)
E-mail: crashburnalley (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @Baer_Bill
Adam Dembwoitz, Contributor
Adam was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cherry Hill, and grew up listening to Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn get through bad baseball on late summer afternoons. After leaving South Jersey in 2000 for Chicago, then fleeing Chicago in 2007 for Philadelphia, in 2010 Adam landed in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and son. Adam created his own baseball blog, Baseball Universe, in 2005 and continued writing there through the end of 2012. Adam started writing for Crashburn Alley in 2014 and is the perpetrator of all things #crashbag. He was at Game 4 of the 2008 World Series, so, you’re welcome. He still hates Joe Carter.
E-mail: adamdcrash (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @adamd243
Brad Engler, Contributor
Brad is a lifelong Phillies fan, whose earliest Phils memory is losing the 1983 World Series. So it was a rough ride for a while there. His all-time favorite Phil is Mike Schmidt, and he hates Joe Carter, (of course). He began following minor league ball around the 2007 trade deadline. He wrote for PhuturePhillies.com for nearly three seasons, and has been at Crashburn Alley since near the end of the 2013 campaign.
E-mail: brad.dc.engler (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @bxe1234
Ben Harris, Contributor
Born fewer than three months after Mitch Williams accidentally threw a strike and Joe Carter touched ‘em all, Ben auspiciously hit double-digits as the Phillies nestled into the new state-of-the-art Citizens Bank Park in 2004. He distinctly remembers a Gregg Jefferies T-shirt giveaway game at Veterans Stadium from before the turn of the century and attending Robert Person’s 2002 two-homer, seven-RBI game against the Expos. But that brief taste of the Vet, washed down with a beautiful new ballpark, served with a heaping helping of success and topped with a World Series championship poured the sturdy foundation for his fandom.
As a high school ace pitching on Philadelphia’s city limits, he stole Cole Hamels’ leg kick, mirrored it from the right side and raised him a couple of inches (Bonus: in that picture, he’s pitching at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park. His home little league field in Lower Merion? Richie Ashburn Field). At his request, the family dog, acquired in the same 2011 offseason with Cliff Lee, is named after the southpaw. Ben’s passion for sabermetrics has expanded into creating infographics and other graphical representations of data.
E-mail: ben.harris16 (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @ben27harris
Michael Schickling, Contributor
Michael is a Phillies lifer, bred in the 60,000-seat urinal known as Veterans’ Stadium and later nourished by many beers in the sunshine of Citizens Bank Park. Michael was the writer/editor for the now-defunct sabermetric Phillies blog Thomes Homies, so called because PadillaFlotilla dot com was already claimed. His dog, Ralph, is one of the few things that rival the importance of his beloved Phillies, along with the integrity of Joel Embiid’s right navicular bone. He now lives in Fishtown where he can be found yelling at the TVs in local bars.
E-mail: michael.schickling (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @mikeschickling
Dave Tomar, Contributor
Dave’s earliest memories are the acrid smells and frightening people that inhabited the 700 level of Veteran’s Stadium. Born in Northeast Philly, marooned in Jersey through adolescence, and residing today just a battery’s throw from the stadium, Dave Tomar is stuck with the Phillies like a religion. He has fond memories of Mike Schmidt’s Philadelphia Hoagies and attended a 1991 game in which Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning plunked Von Hayes on the wrist, effectively ending his career. He blamed Mitch Williams for a tumultuous Autumn 1993 but forgave him in a moment of 2008-induced euphoria. It’s possible that he wept like a child at the parade. Tomar is a contributor to the Huffington Post and a bunch of other things that have nothing to do with baseball.
E-mail: dtomar (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @dtomar
Spencer is a late-comer to baseball, and somehow became a fan after first experiencing Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. A programmer by day, he became a contributor at Crashburn Alley before the 2016 season, and is also a contributing editor at Beyond the Box Score.
E-mail: spencer.bingol93 (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @spencerbingol
Corinne grew up watching 1990s Phillies baseball and, miraculously, fell in love with the game of baseball anyway. She began writing for Crashburn Alley in 2014 and has served as editor-in-chief from February 2016 to September 2016. You can read her current work at Cut4 and FanGraphs.
E-mail: corinne.landrey (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @crashlandrey
Paul began blogging in 2004 as a high school student, and has since made the rounds across most of the Philly blogosphere. He has contributed to Phillies Nation, The Fightins, Phoul Ballz and his now-defunct flagship blog, The Phrontiersman (among others).
He previously worked for Major League Baseball’s editorial and publishing department during the 2011 season and Baseball Info Solutions during the 2010 season, as well as some time in the scouting and player development functions of a Major League organization. As a result, Paul tries to blend the worlds of stats and scouting in his posting, trying to find that ever-elusive happy medium that applies to fans of all kinds.
E-mail: paul . t . boye (at) Gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @Paul_Boye
Michael Baumann is a South Jersey native whose baseball writing is characterized by a strong reliance on both empirical analysis and elaborate, strained ongoing historical and cultural metaphors.
Michael is the author of Philadelphia Phenoms: The Most Amazing Athletes to Play in the City of Brotherly Love, due out in November. He also contributes to The Triangle blog at Grantland and writes about the Philadelphia 76ers at Liberty Ballers.
E-mail: crashbaumann (at) Gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @MJ_Baumann
Ryan Sommers has not written a book, or worked in baseball, or covered sports in any formal capacity in the past, but man, does he have opinions. So many opinions. He began foisting these opinions upon the internet in November of 2008, shortly after Ruben Amaro was hired as the new General Manager of the Phillies, on a blog originally titled, subtly, Fire Ruben Amaro, and later Chasing Utley. He joined Crashburn Alley in the middle of the 2011 season. He was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, attended the University of Maryland, and has lived most of his adult life in Washington, D.C. He will fill up your Twitter feed very quickly.
Email: ryansommers (at) Gmail (dot) com
Twitter: Follow @Phylan
Eric Longenhagen spent his four college summer working for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (2 as an intern, 2 as an usher so he could watch games) before landing a job at Baseball Info Solutions for a summer. He was brought on to the Crashburn roster at the end of the 2012 season. He lives in Catasauqua, PA and helps coach his old high school’s basketball team.
Twitter: Follow @Longenhagen