Wendy Thurm

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Wendy Thurm

Accomplished writer with 25-plus years of experience in law, government, politics and journalism. Successful story teller who can write engaging copy, persuasive advocacy, complex analysis, detailed reports and commentary. Strategic thinker. Social media savvy.


Female Sportswriter Asks: ‘Why Are All My Twitter Followers Men?’

by Wendy Thurm - Guest Contributor Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:09 am Updated: November 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm. "Female Sportswriter Asks: ‘Why Are All My Twitter Followers Men?’" I am a sportswriter with more than 9,500 followers on Twitter. Remarkably, just 11 percent of them are women. I learned this recently when Twitter released Twitter Analytics, which allows any user to see detailed information on her account.
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The "Gamer Babe" Problem

The San Francisco Giants have a very particular problem with their broadcast team and their female fans. But it's bigger than the Giants, and bigger than it seems. Language matters. Words have meaning, often more than one. Sometimes the speaker means one thing but the listener hears another because words have histories and people have histories and those histories aren’t always the same.
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MLB good to highlight breast cancer, but Mother's Day is so much more

Pink was the color of the day in Major League Baseball on Sunday. Players wore pink cleats and pink wrist bands. Traditional jersey colors were replaced with pink letters and numbers. Many players used pink bats. The pink-a-palooza was part of MLB’s efforts to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer research.
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Giants continue to show misguided faith in McGehee

Matt Duffy hit the leather off the ball Tuesday night in the Giants’ 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Duffy netted a double, two singles and five runs batted in, and played a clean third base. Casey McGehee will be back at third base tonight. By all accounts, manager Bruce Bochy plans to stick with McGehee as the regular third baseman, at least for the short term. Link to Story

The Royals are Here to Make You Look Stupid, Again

If you didn't fall in love with the Kansas City Royals last season, now's your chance. Don't mess it up this time. Kansas City came as close to a World Series championship as you can get in 2014. After beating the Oakland A's in the wild card game, the Royals swept away the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles to reach the World Series for the first time since 1985.
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When The Greats Falter

He led the majors with a sub-2.00 ERA this season and last. He’s a near shoe-in for his third National League Cy Young Award in four years when the hardware is handed out next month. Dating back to the 2011 season, he’s struck out 27.3 percent of all batters he’s faced and walked only 5.8 percent in nearly 900 innings pitched.
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It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This For the A’s

A run of competitiveness that’s come ahead of schedule pushed Billy Beane to be aggressive. Will his midseason gambles pay off in October? With four games remaining, the Oakland A’s are fighting just to make the postseason. After both the A’s and Kansas City Royals lost on Wednesday, the two clubs remain tied for the American League Wild Card lead at 86–72, three games ahead of the Seattle Mariners, who also lost (their fifth in a row).
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Buster Posey, We’ve Seen This Before

At the end of play on August 12, the Giants sat 5 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and on the outside looking in for a wild card spot. Since then, they’ve won 16 games and lost seven, closed the gap on the Dodgers to 2 1/2 games (prior to Wednesday’s action), and taken charge of the race for home-field advantage in the wild card game.
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6 Ways New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Can Improve Baseball

Newly-elected MLB commissioner Rob Manfred throws out the first pitch at the Little League World Series on Wednesday. Last week, Major League Baseball’s 30 owners elected Rob Manfred as the new commissioner of baseball. Manfred will succeed Bud Selig, who will retire in January. Manfred has worked at MLB since 1998, first as executive vice president of labor relations and, most recently, as chief operating officer.
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Heart in San Francisco

In his speech at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony a few weeks back, Greg Maddux talked about the most important lesson he learned from his high school pitching coach. "You throw hard enough," Maddux quoted his coach as saying, "but as you face better hitters, you're going to need more than just velocity to get hitters out.
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The Other Guys

Bob Melvin stares intently and watches Josh Donaldson take batting practice. The other Oakland A's players joke around as they wait their turn in the cage. A's owner Lew Wolff is there, and chats up Ken Korach, the team's radio play-by-play broadcaster. But Bob Melvin stands quietly behind a net, halfway up the third base line, and stares.
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Safe Distance

A bit more than a week ago, a Denver television station broke the story of a Colorado Rockies fan who received a surprisingly terse email from team owner Dick Monfort after the fan submitted a comment card following the Rockies game on July 4. Michael Ferguson traveled several hours with his family of five, paid nearly $300 for tickets for the Independence Day game and watched the Rockies lose 9-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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