About Us

Welcome to the newest Yankees blog: The Stirring Straw. Our goal is to create a one stop shop for Bombers news and analysis, or how we cleverly put it, "to sip up all things Yankees." This blog will cover both the MLB team and each of the team's minor league affiliates. My five co-writers and I will do our best to keep you as updated and as informed as possible.

Meet The Writers

We have five writers on our staff, each bringing his own strengths to the table. Without further ado, here they are:

Editors In Cheif

My name is Matt Filippi and I'm one of the editor-in-chiefs of the site. I've been a Yankee fan my entire life and I'm a freshman at Syracuse University. I got into the blogging community in December of 2009 when I started (the now defunct) Yankees Talk Blog. I've also written for a site called NY's Homegrown which was about the Yanks and Mets farm systems and I currently contribute to The Hardball Times. (Follow me on Twitter)

Chris Chavez is the other editor-in-cheif. He's a journalism student at Marquette University’s College of Communications and served as the Yankees beat writer for MTR Media from 2009 until 2011. When baseball season has ended in the past, he has worked with NYHoops.com covering high school basketball in New York City. He will be interning with CBS Sports in the Spring of 2012. He's also a regular sports analyst on Marquette’s weekly television show, Sportstime and contributes to the Marquette Tribune. (Follow him on Twitter)

Managing Editors

Nick Pugliese is currently an undeclared freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has previously written for his own New York Mets blog (Mini Mets Pipeline) centered primarily around the minor leagues as well as covering the Mets farm system for Mets Merized Online. He also wrote for NY's Homegrown with me and he has put together the layout for this blog. While he's not a Yankee fan by trade, he is a New Yorker by heart and looks forward to covering the Yankees. (Follow him on Twitter)

David Fine is a freshman Broadcast Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He has been a life long New York Yankees fan but also passionately roots for the New Jersey Devils, New York Jets, and New Jersey Nets. This is David's second blog - he also currently blogs for inlouwetrust.com. (Follow him on Twitter)


Phil D'Abbraccio was raised in Farmingdale, NY and graduated from Farmingdale High School. He wrote for The Paper Lion for two years, one as the sports editor. As a senior, he interned with The Farmingdale Observer and The Long Island Press. Now a freshman newspaper and online journalism major at Syracuse University, he is a contributing writer for The Daily Orange. He is a fan of the Orange (not on the job, of course), the New York Giants, the New Jersey, soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets, and most of all, his beloved Yankees.
David Paulson- You may know Dave best as @YankeeSource on Twitter where he takes a lot of questions about prospects, the current Yankees team, and more. Every Monday he'll be doing a little mailbag answering some questions from readers. You can ask him questions on Twitter using the hashtag #SSMailbag. 
John Balletta- John is entering his freshman year of college at Princeton (yeah, I guess he's smart). He's a life long fan from Jersey and you may have seen his work on ESPNRise or Sportsnation. He'll be making his debut tomorrow morning and will be posting every Tuesday morning from now on so make sure you look out for that.
Tom Conroy- Tom is a journalism student at Marquette University and is an analyst with Chris on their television station. He's quite the character so he'll be doing little humor pieces every weekend, mostly on Sundays. Make sure you look out for those starting this coming weekend

Follow The Blog

In this day and age, everyone is using social media. Well, so are we. There are a few way that you can find out about our new content without coming directly to the site. You can subscribe to our RSS feed here or by clicking the button in the right sidebar. If you aren't into those, we are also on Twitter. Follow us here or by clicking the button on the right sidebar. You can also follow each of our writers on Twitter by following the link in their respective bios. And if you're not on Twitter, make sure you 'Like' our Facebook page here, or, once again, by clicking the button in the sidebar. If you want to email the blog about anything, you can do so by emailing stirringstraw@gmail.com.


We encourage all of our readers to comment on our posts. In fact, one of the reasons for starting this blog in the first place was to create a place where all Yankee fans can get together and share ideas. We just ask that you be respectful of each other and of the writers. If you disagree with something that is written, that is fine and we encourage you to tell us what you think, just put it nicely.

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That's really all I have to say. If you have any questions you can email us. New content will start being posted tomorrow, so make sure you're ready. We're looking forward to the rest of the off-season and eventually covering our first season. We hope you come along for the ride.


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