The World Is Less Funny

Terrible news today – John Brattain has passed away at the age of 44. He was a great writer, and a remarkable asset to the community of baseball nerds that we’re all a part of. I never had any interaction with him, but enjoyed his work at a distance. We’ve lost a good one. My condolences to his family.




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Dave is a co-founder of USSMariner.com and contributes to the Wall Street Journal.


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  1. Aiden says:

    Wow – are you serious? That completely ruined my day. That is awful. I never comment on anything really, but John, we will miss you and your work. Heartfelt condolences to friends and family.

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  2. Teej says:

    He was a riot. Condolences.

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  3. erik says:

    I’ll miss his writing. Sad news.

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  4. Evan says:

    While I didn’t always agree with him, I always looked forward to reading his work at the Hardball Times and he will be missed.

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  5. t ball says:

    Shocking, that is way too young, and I feel cheated of several decades of lost good baseball writing.

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  6. Heath says:

    Fantastic and entertaining writer. I had corresponded with him on more than one occasion and he was a hell of a nice guy too.

    Shocking and sad news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends…

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  7. Don Zinck says:

    Condolences to John’s family and friends. He was one fellow I wish I had really known because his articles were always funny, informative, and entertaining, and showed his caring and understanding for other people. He came across as not only a good writer and genuine baseball fan, but as a nice guy.
    The news of John Brattain’s passing makes me sad – even for personal, selfish reasons. I’ll miss him.

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