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Jeff Passan (born September 21, 1980[1]) is an American baseball columnist with ESPN (since January 2019), after a 13-year stint with Yahoo Sports, and author of New York Times Best Seller The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports. He is also co-author of Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series.[2] Passan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism.[3]

After graduating from Solon High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Passan wrote for The Daily Orange at Syracuse University before covering Fresno State basketball. He began covering baseball in 2004 at The Kansas City Star, before moving to Yahoo! two years later. After 13 years at Yahoo! (2006–18), he announced that he was joining ESPN's Baseball team in January 2019. He also does an impression of Sesame Street character Elmo as exhibited on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.[4]


  1. ^ Castle, George (2007). Baseball and the Media: How Fans Lose in Today's Coverage of the Game. page 112: U of Nebraska Press. p. 262. ISBN 978-0-8032-6469-4. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Death to the BCS. Gotham. ISBN 978-1-59240-570-1.
  3. ^ "Jeff Passan profile". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
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