Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.
He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.
Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Spring Training is ON, and Schwarber Means Business, a Day Ahead
Spring Training officially starts today, yeah, baby!
Is Bryce Harper gonna remain the hype machine of the NL this season or will the Cubbies' Kyle Schwarber (there's a catchy syllabic link between the two, so the baseball cosmos will prevail as it will) steal the limelight from Nats Number 34?
In his debut major league season last year, Schwarber knotted 16 dingers. His total included three multi-homer games during the regular season and another one in Game 4 of the NLDS. With five crushed during the playoffs, he is now the Cubs' leader for playoff round trippers, this as a flippin' rookie. In that fated moment during the playoffs, Schwarber had the stones to call one of his shots, if you'll remember. He also tagged one into the Wrigley Field jumbo tron that was, for a short time, preserved by an awestruck Chicago.
Let the case be made before the first Spring Training pitch today, that Schwarber means business this year, following the shattered windshield of a homer he put out during batting practice yesterday.
Oh, it's gonna be a willllllllld MLB season...
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