Tim Kurkjian Tim Kurkjian on Short and to the Point

Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkjian. Jessica and Tim discuss a wide range of topics including the 2024 London Series, the concept of storytelling in baseball, winning the 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award, and more.

Here’s the full breakdown.

  • 2:06: Welcome Tim to Short and to the Point
  • 2:17: Baseball coverage changing over the years
  • 4:00: Being a beat reporter
  • 5:53: London Series
  • 8:18: MLB globalization
  • 9:50: Storytelling in baseball
  • 11:55: Balancing new aspects to tradition in MLB
  • 13:49: Being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame with the 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award
  • 15:48: HOF weekend
  • 17:34: Writing a story compared to writing HOF speech
  • 18:41: Being a terrible writer in high school
  • 20:08: Art of sportswriting
  • 21:46: Has the approach to journalism changed?
  • 23:37: Trying to stay humble
  • 25:03: Dealing with failures and setbacks
  • 28:46: Art of broadcasting and Vin Scully
  • 31:28: Tim’s Is This A Great Game, Or What? podcast with son, Jeff
  • 34:42: Being old school and going viral
  • 37:08: Relationship with baseball since Tim started

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About Phillip Bupp

Producer/editor of the Awful Announcing Podcast and Short and to the Point. News editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Highlight consultant for Major League Soccer as well as a freelance writer for hire. Opinions are my own but feel free to agree with them.

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