A Letter From The Editor Joe McDonald

It’s been a tremendous few months for NY Sports Day. We have grown exponentially and have been breaking records with traffic month over month. According to our server stats, in July, we had around 250,000 visitors, and now in August, we are on pace to close to 280,000. First and foremost, I want to thank you, our readers. NY Sports Day is nothing without you.

The outlet is credentialed by all the local New York teams and we will continue to provide that coverage to the tristate area. We may be the only independent outlet that receives that kind of access and we want to thank all the teams for putting their trust in us.

The reason why NYSD has grown so quickly is the work from our staff. We brought in Yankees executive Ray Negron back in May and his guidance, insight and, of course, his interesting columns have been invaluable for our staff.

This September, Ray will be a special guest on “Failing Up”  a podcast Hosted by long-time podcasters Guy Opochinski and comedian Eden Dranger, the most popular podcast on the Internet.

Ray will be Talking about his incredible journey through life.

None of this could have happened without the magic of George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees.

When Ray joined, though, we already had a talented staff of writers on board. Rich Mancuso, who broke the Yoesnis Cespedes story back in January is continuing to prove he is one of the best pure reporters out there. Andy Esposito, my old co-editor at Inside Pitch, provides us with a veteran presence with an extreme insight into baseball. Leslie Treff, our hockey expert, will be at the Rangers and Devils this year, showing us why she is one of the best. And Lloyd Carroll will continue to look at New York sports, like only he can.

We have some nice young talent in Jimmy Calderone, Jr., Anthony Rushing, David Russell, Ian Schraier, Joe Soccoa, and Jon Wagner, who are making the most from their opportunities.  Their growth and talents are one of the reasons why we have increased over the past few months.

And we welcomed Michael Polak to our staff, who is providing us with great coverage of the Beautiful Game.

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Neil Miller. Our photo editor is always on the mark and his shots give us a unique look into the New York. Neil and his staff is the reason why the site “pops.”

And I would like to finally thanks Joe Favorito and Jerry Milani, who use NYSD as their outlet to promote the smaller events in New York. Their work is one reason why we are so unique.

We will be at the US Open starting Tuesday with reporters like Dave “The Koz” Kozlowski and Rich Pagliaro and we,of course will be covering the Mets and Yankees down the stretch, along with Jets and Giants coverage.

This is an ever and onward journey. NYSD will continue to grow. When I started it 12 years ago, I never dreamed it would be this big and become so significant. Someone mentioned a while back that NYSD is the independent film of sports outlets. I like that analogy. We do what the big studios do, but can do it simpler and maybe even better.

And based on our visits it has worked so far.

Thanks for reading and I hope we can continue to provide you with the best sports news as we can.


Joe McDonald

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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