Meet Our Staff - Start Spreading the News is proud to be the home of some of baseball's very best writers.  Scroll down for a short biography of each of our contributors.

Jim Carothers - Like many on the blog, Jim grew up in north Jersey, but now he hails behind enemy lines in Philadelphia. A Villanova graduate, Jim played lacrosse and rugby in college, but never lost his passion for baseball or the Yankees. Jim now works in the aerospace industry, focusing predominantly on electronics and antennas. In 2016, Jim started contributing to the IIATMS blog and podcast, which gave him the opportunity to share his appreciation for the mechanics and physics of the game of baseball. Jim's favorite player is Don Mattingly. Also, because most people care, Jim thinks the most underappreciated Yankee is Bernie Williams, but he is open to debate. When he isn't talking baseball, Jim is also heavily into music, weightlifting, and dadding-out. Join him at @jcizzle33 on Twitter.

Phil Cashier - Phil is currently a retired business consultant and the Pet Human to Casey. He has been a devoted follower of the Yankees since he was a young tyke. Like many older fans, his all-time favorite Yankee is The Mick. In 1978 he was lucky enough to have a friend who had tickets to the ALCS Game 3 and watched as Thurman Munson’s homer over came the three by George Brett.

Lincoln Mitchell - Lincoln Mitchell is a pundit, analyst and writer based in New York and San Francisco. He has published broadly on politics, foreign affairs and baseball. He is the author of several books including Will Big League Baseball Survive? Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports and the Future of Major League Baseball (Temple University Press, 2016) and Baseball Goes West: How the Dodgers and Giants Shaped the Major Leagues (Forthcoming Kent State University Press 2018). Lincoln was born in New York, but grew up in San Francisco. He has been a Yankee fan since the mid-1970s, but the Giants have always been his NL team. Lincoln is married and is the father of two sons who are pitchers. The righty pitches for Oberlin College and the lefty is still in high school. His dog, who was born in 2010, is named Isis. You can learn more about him at and follow him on Twitter @LincolnMitchell.

Michael Saffer - Michael Saffer has been an elementary school teacher in New Jersey for 14 years. He has been a high school and Little League baseball umpire for 13 years. He played baseball on the high school and collegiate levels from 1993-1998.  Michael has been a Yankee fan since his father took him to his first game at Yankee Stadium in 1984. Ever since he was a child, Michael has had a love of baseball, and of the Yankees. A one-sport man, he spends his winters analyzing trades, free agent deals, and speculating how his beloved Yankees will fare the next season. During the season, he enjoys analyzing managerial decisions, trade deadline moves, and other Yankee matters.  Michael also enjoys reading books about leadership, inspiration, and baseball history. For recreation, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and hiking.

Ethan Semendinger (Layout & Design Manager) - A current student at Lafayette College and perspective Neuroscience major, Ethan finds his daily life quite busy on his campus. Outside of his academics and campus job, Ethan relaxes by playing music (on piano, guitar, and trumpet), exercising, doing yoga, being involved with various clubs on his campus, and obviously maintaining big affinity towards the New York Yankees. A student, musician, athlete, actor, and self-proclaimed fashionista, Ethan is hoping that this blog grows as something he can continue to provide for, as his undergrad life and beyond, continue to progress.

Paul Semendinger (Editor in Chief) - Dr. Semendinger has been an educator for almost 30 years beginning his career as a middle school history teacher before serving as a high school vice principal and a middle school principal.  He is currently the principal of the most wonderful elementary school in the whole world!  Dr. Semendinger's first book of motivational passages, Impossible is an Illusion along with the picture books Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion and Principal Sam Gets Fit have been released through Ravenswood Publishing.  Dr. Semendinger enjoys running and has completed twenty marathons. Most importantly, Dr. Semendinger greatly values the time he spends as a husband and Dad with his wife and three grown sons.  Dr. Semendinger's favorite Yankee as he grew up was Graig Nettles.  He can be found on Twitter @DrPaulRSem.

Andy Singer - Andy graduated from Middlebury College in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and as the Sports Director at 91.1 FM, of course he has a career in pharmaceuticals. Andy has spent, and continues to spend, more time on a baseball diamond than he can count.  When not playing, coaching, watching, or thinking about baseball, Andy can be found playing the sax, hanging out with his wife and family, or obsessing about his golf game.  He loves analyzing baseball statistics both new and old.  Additionally, he loves writing about in-game observations about the mechanics of the game - Andy is a misplaced baseball rat who loves scouting and analyzing player mechanics.  His favorite Yankee of all time is Derek Jeter, and his favorite baseball memory is of the first time the field at Old Yankee Stadium rushed to his eyes in a sea of green out of the upper deck tunnel.

William Tasker - William Tasker grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, as a flagrant fan of the Yankees. At the age of 18, Tasker moved to Red Sox country (shiver) and lived in New Hampshire and Maine until moving to Florida in 2016.  Tasker has been writing about baseball since 2003 at his Flagrant Fan blog and about the Yankees here for the past several years. Tasker is the author of eleven books (all, sadly, out of print, but can still be rousted up online in odd places). His varied career includes shoe sales, tanneries, hotels, software startups, self-employment, Chamber Of Commerce executive director and nature photographer.  Tasker has three grown children and lives happily with his wife, a nurse, teacher and artist. Join him at @flagrantfan on Twitter.