BaltimoreBaseball.com was founded in early 2016 to provide insight and analysis on the Orioles, their minor league affiliates, and the Baltimore-area high school and college baseball scene. The site aims to engage fans via daily blog posts, weekly audio and video content, and interactive fan experiences.
Lead Orioles Writer
Rich Dubroff grew up in Brooklyn as a fan of New York teams, but after he moved to Baltimore, quickly adopted the Orioles and Colts. After nearly two decades as a freelancer assisting on Orioles coverage for several outlets, principally The Capital in Annapolis and The Carroll County Times, Dubroff began covering the team fulltime in 2011. He spent five years at Comcast SportsNet’s website and for the last two seasons, wrote for PressBoxonline.com, Dubroff lives in Baltimore with his wife of more than 30 years, Susan.
“Calling the Pen” Writer & Editor
John Steadman, a minor-league catcher and major-league columnist, gave me my start as a sportswriter for The News American. A move to Philadelphia, where I became Night Sports Editor of the Philly Daily News, put me in an all-star lineup. A call to come home to Baltimore as Sports Editor gave me an opportunity to work with The Sun’s all-time best staff and to lead the paper’s coverage of Cal Ripken’s record-breaking streak. My streak ended after 46 years and opened a new chapter that includes running, writing and spending time with a family that has supported me each step of the way.
Minor League Reporter
Born in 1985 and raised since then in Baltimore, Dean Jones Jr. has had a recurring nightmare that he’ll spend his entire life like those Boston Red Sox fans who were born in the early 1920s and died before seeing their hometown team finally win another World Series title in 2004. After graduating from Towson University in 2007, Dean started working at The Baltimore Sun. In nearly eight years at The Sun, Dean worked in a variety of roles – from web producer to covering the Orioles minor leagues to overseeing the organization’s Orioles coverage. The Archbishop Curley graduate currently provides BaltimoreBaseball.com readers with updates about the Orioles’ minor league system, as well as high school baseball in the Baltimore area. He lives in Perry Hall with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Gavin and Mason.
Paul Folkemer was born and raised in Baltimore and has been writing about the Orioles since high school, when he used to post O’s game recaps to online message boards before finishing his homework. Now a seasoned veteran of Orioles coverage, Paul served as the O’s beat reporter for four years for PressBox and PressBoxOnline.com before joining BaltimoreBaseball.com, and he previously wrote for Camden Chat and Orioles Hangout. He currently lives in Catonsville.
Joy Absalon was born in Washington, DC and grew up in McLean, VA and was immersed in baseball from a very young age. Her older brother Paul was a standout high school pitcher who was scouted by numerous MLB teams. After several years in bank management she decided to leave that career and combine her passions for photography and baseball. She began her baseball photography career covering minor league teams for TriStar, Just Minors and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. In the late 1990’s, she began covering the Orioles and worked for two different wire services before joining BaltimoreBaseball.com in March 2016. Joy’s work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN the Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today and numerous other newspapers. In addition her images have appeared on baseball cards for various companies. Joy is also the contract photographer covering the Perfect Game Showcase for Leaf Trading Cards. Joy lives in Clifton, Virginia with her husband of 34 years, John.
Founder & Web Producer
Steve Cockey is a lifelong Orioles fan who grew up in Harford County and is a graduate of both C. Milton Wright High School and Loyola University Maryland. Steve’s passion for both baseball and internet advertising — his “day job” — led him to start BaltimoreBaseball.com in early 2016. He is a current resident of the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore and credits his love of baseball to his dad, Dr. Stephen Cockey, Sr.